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Supporting civil, family and criminal advocates with advice on working with judges and building businesses.
News, best practice, networking and training opportunities for corporate and public in-house lawyers.
Covering civil and commercial litigation and ADR, including litigation funding and costs.
News, guidance, professional development and peer to peer support for students, trainees and 5 years PQE.
Promoting closer links between the profession and key institutions in EU competition law and practice.
Offering relevant news, best practice guidance and advice, career development and networking opportunities.
Covering family and children law and other relevant areas of practice, including immigration, crime and mental health.
Peer to peer support with guidance, career advice and networking opportunities.
Support in all areas of legal practice management for partners and non-solicitor management staff.
Offering relevant news, support and networking opportunities, best practice guidance and advice.
Covering private client law, including wills, probate, estate and tax planning, elderly client and mental capacity.
Supporting solicitor judges with local events and networking opportunities at a national and circuit level.
Covering commercial, residential and landlord and tenant law, including planning, tax, environment and fraud.
Supporting firms and individuals working abroad with practical support, training, information and advice.
Risk management tools and support to comply with regulatory requirements and best practice.
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Solicitors first acquired Higher Rights of Audience qualifications in 1994, following the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. Twenty years after this change, Duncan Wood talks to three solicitors in the first batch of advocates granted rights to discuss their experiences and how attitudes have changed
The JLD represents LPC students and ensures your interests are heard. Sign up, get involved and make the most of your membership! Visit us and read more about our forthcoming events tailored to you
Could you represent over 75,000 students, trainees and solicitors from across England and Wales in a national and international forum? If you want to make a difference to the future of the legal profession, submit your application by Sunday 26 October 2014.
26 September, London The International Weekend gala dinner promises to be one of the biggest networking events of the year for young lawyers. Enjoy the spectacular night-time view of the pitch of one of the world’s most successful football clubs, along with a live band and plenty of entertainment.
CPD hours: 4
9 October, London18 November, Leeds The Small Firms Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners. Our annual conference provides plenty of practical advice to help your business develop and thrive in the current market. Expect expert insights and information to help you to attract and retain clients, increase profitability and develop commercial channels to create a pipeline of new work by examining innovation for small firms, compliance update for small firms, marketing, social media and networking, and much more.Book for LondonBook for Leeds
CPD hours: 5
Wednesday 8 October, London The Law Society's Family Law Section annual conference 2014 will discuss practical questions arising at every stage of family life, from conception to 'grey divorce'.
CPD hours: 12.5
10 October, Oxfordshire This two-day course provides returning solicitors, men and women, with the tools they need to return to the profession after a career break.
18 October, London This free one-day event is aimed at the JLD's LPC student and paralegal members to assist them in their search for a training contract. Presentations include: Tips from current trainees on how they secured their training contract, Working in-house and what to expect, How can you make yourself stand out to firms and many more. The event is free to attend but booking is essential as places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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