Welcome to the Private Client Section - the membership group to help practitioners working in wills and probate, estate and tax planning, trusts, and mental capacity to be good at what they do, SRA compliant and progress their careers. Our rolling programme is delivered through a range of inclusive activities including seminars, webinars, podcasts, newsletters, PS magazine, and our LinkedIn group, plus members discounts.

Upcoming events and webinars

  • Webinar: Contentious probate for non-contentious probate lawyers (OnDemand)

  • Seminar: Professor King and topical issues in Private Client practice (September / October 2019)

  • Elderly and vulnerable client care conference (18 October 2019, London)

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Birmingham District Probate Registry to close at the end of August


It has now been announced on the GOV.UK website that the registry will close on 30 August 2019, and work will be transitioned to Newcastle District Probate Registry


Outcome of the Legal Service Consumer Panel Survey 2019 re private client law


On the 30 July 2019, the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) published the results of its latest survey on consumers’ use of legal services.

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Changes to your website, magazine and e-newsletters


This summer, we are making changes to the Private Client Section magazine, website and e-newsletters

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Red flags


Mariel Stringer-Fehlow outlines her tips and practical advice for trustees on spotting the early warning signs of a matter turning contentious, using four common scenarios

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The small print


The Competition and Market Authority’s recent market study into the care home industry found that people are not being treated fairly. Caroline Bielanska presents a guide to the care home contract terms that are likely to be unfair, and what you can do if you encounter them


Writing wrongs


Daphne Perry offers some simple writing techniques to improve client service and business returns

More about our magazine

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OnDemand seminar: Practical inheritance tax update

Listen and view on demand this Private Client Section seminar which will provide you with a practical update on early 2019 changes affecting inheritance tax.

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OnDemand seminar: Deathbed wills – preparing wills at the end of life

This seminar was the first part of our Private Client Section elderly client double seminar.

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OnDemand seminar: Constructive methods to successfully navigate the CoP and beyond

This seminar was the second part of our Private Client Section elderly client double seminar.

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OnDemand case law seminar: Constructive methods to successfully navigate the CoP and beyond

Recorded: 31 January 2019Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, LondonSRA competency: A2, B1 and B2

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We've gathered our top articles from PS on management in private client practice. ith articles on everything from setting prices, to complaints handling, our collection will help you ensure your firm or practice area runs efficiently and effectively for your people and clients

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Shock of the new


The business of death is changing, as technology alters the way people are living their lives. How long before blockchain technology, e-signatures and chatbots become common on the private client stage? What else is waiting in the wings? Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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Raised voices


Communication is a critical factor in many complaints relating to legal services, according to a recent report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Fiona du Feu examines 10 common communication areas that can make a difference

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Meet our committee

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The committee supports the development of the future strategy of the Section and enhancement of the services already offered to members.

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Elderly and vulnerable client care conference (18 October 2019, London)

Booking is open for our elderly and vulnerable client care conference 2019, which will take place on 18 October at the Law Society in London.

Section supporters

Endorsed services for Trusts and Court of Protection

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Endorsed services for wills and associated documents

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  • PPI: my firm’s approach

  • Payment protection insurance and private client practitioners

  • Screaming out for a judge-led process – contentious probate update

  • Probate update: disputed domicile and Inheritance Act claims

  • Probate fees and civil partnerships

  • Relief: when is it merited?

  • Out of time: claims under the Inheritance Act

  • A stealthy new year: probate fees

Benefits of Membership*

Private Client Section renewals

The Private Client Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, website, e-newsletters, magazines and a LinkedIn group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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