The Law Society Gazette has published a sponsored supplement on cybersecurity issues for law firms
Proposals for sweeping changes to the solicitor rulebook would create a wild west marketplace for legal services.
Anti-money laundering (AML) guidance has been drafted.
New practice note on Criminal Finances Act 2017.
Compulsory rules to publish reams of information about legal services may mislead clients rather than help them, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today.
The report includes 25 recommendations to government, focusing on issues including increasing children’s access to legal aid, reintroducing legal aid for early advice, and improving Exceptional Case Funding and the legal aid means test
The Law Society has called for an independent government inspector to enforce workplace rights, employment statuses and rights to be clearly defined in a single piece of law, and for large employers to report publicly on their employment practices
News that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to push ahead with changes to the rules governing solicitors has been greeted with dismay by the Law Society.
A move by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to limit the role of legal advisers to witnesses in fraud investigations has prompted the Law Society to publish guidance for solicitors.
The Law Management Section’s 2017 Annual Conference was held on 20 April. The Gazette reported on the take-home messages of the conference sessions
2016 was a year of strong growth for firms polled in the Law Society Law Management Section (LMS)Financial Benchmarking Survey 2017, which showed a median rise in income of 5.8 per cent for the mid-sized firms that participated.
The biggest news on the tax front is the planned consultation on the tax differences between the employed and self employed, writes Steve Roberts, Tax Director, Armstrong Watson.
Helping clients to make informed choices about legal services that best meet their needs is at the heart of the solicitor profession’s priorities, the Law Society said today as it published a toolkit on price and service transparency
The deadline has been extended to Monday, 12 December.
Your new eLearning portal has arrived. Section members now access their webinars and online learning through the Law Society’s Professional Development Centre
Your Section membership includes four webinars and access to discounted online training from the Law Society. You can now access these through the new Professional Development Centre – your enhanced eLearning portal that enables you to capture all your learning in one free online record.
Have you got an idea for an award category for next year’s Excellence Awards?
The SRA published a consultation on proposed changes to the Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation on 1 June. We believe that the proposals, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession
Plans to review regulation of the legal services market should be put on hold in the wake of the Brexit referendum, the Law Society of England and Wales chief executive Catherine Dixon said today as she gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee.
The survey is now open for contributions
The results of the Law Society Law Management Section’s 2016 Financial Benchmarking Survey have recently been published. Andy Harris provides an overview.
The Law Management Section offers a Section member the amazing opportunity of free LinkedIn tuition
Chief executive Catherine Dixon welcomed the report but highlighted the need for a consistent level of protection for consumers, no matter who is providing the legal service
In the first instalment of a new series for the Law Society blog, Robin Charrot, director of Evolve Family Law and a member of the Family Section Advisory Group, reflects on the early stages of setting up his law firm
Our consultation exercise will help us refine our policy position on alternatives to client accounts and will inform discussions with the SRA and the Legal Services Board
Our position is that, to support and protect the public, regulation of legal services should be simpler, better, and continue to be independent of the state
Celebrating 10 years of Excellence
The City of London’s Economic Crime Prevention Centre has provided advice for solicitors on tackling scams targeted at solicitors’ firms. The article discusses common types of scams and offers practical prevention advice.
We have published advice on recruitment practices to promote social mobility in the solicitors’ profession. The advice was developed in response to demand from solicitors for more information on how to implement recruitment practices that promote fair and equal access to the profession for trainees from all backgrounds
SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position
The income of firms polled in the 2016 Law Society Law Management Section (LMS) Financial Benchmarking Survey has increased for a sixth consecutive year, with a median rise last year of 5.4 per cent, despite a challenging year
The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new learning and development regime, known as ‘Continuing Competence’
The Law Society has published a report on the future of legal services
Nick Podd considers the issues around cybersecurity and outlines how law firms can take responsibility for the security of their clients’ data
The Law Society has launched the first of a suite of interactive ethical scenarios, through its online continuing professional development centre, to support solicitors to recognise and navigate difficult situations they may encounter in their professional lives
You will have recently received the first Law Management Section e-newsletter in a new format. Each edition will now include unique content commissioned for the Law Management Section, as well as details of events and other news and updates.
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new membership option for the Law Management Section. Members now have the option of corporate membership – for only £100 more than standard individual membership, firms can nominate up to six individuals in their organisation to receive Section benefits
The Law Society is recommending a minimum salary of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London
The Law Society has published an equal pay toolkit, designed for partners, human resources professionals and anyone involved with the management of a law firm
The Law Management Section has launched a LinkedIn group to enable members to comment and share views on the latest management developments
The current CPD system is being replaced by the continuing competence scheme. Our updated practice note explains the transitional arrangements and gives advice on how to get the most from your CPD activities
David Yeoward from Law Society Consulting outlines how you can make your bid process stress-free
The Law Society has updated its guidance on professional indemnity insurance
The Law Society has published a practice note aimed at helping law firms recover if they have fallen victim to a client account scam
The Law Society is launching a mentoring programme for practising solicitors from under-represented groups and is inviting solicitors who would like to be mentors or mentees to apply.
Read the latest installment of the Law Society’s new blog
If your firm is among the 80 per cent of firms renewing its PII on 1 October, find out about Law Society support and advice
We have recently updated our practice notes on social media; information on letterheads, emails and websites; and outcomes-focused regulation
Law Management Committee chair Robert Banner provides an overview of the Law Management Section annual conference 2015
On 9 July 2015, the UK will be required to comply with the EU directive on alternative dispute resolution. If the Legal Ombudsman is successful in its application to become an approved ADR provider under the directive, solicitors will need to make changes to the information they provide to clients in relation to their complaints procedures