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    New model leases to simplify commercial transactions

    New short form model leases for use by solicitors to help streamline commercial property negotiations were today released by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    8 November 2017
    Press release

    Thought leadership and policy development events programme November-December 2017

    The Law Society's thought leadership programme of events explores the main issues of importance to the legal profession and brings together representatives from the legal, political, business and third sectors to discuss ideas, opportunities and solutions.

    8 November 2017
    News

    New office leases

    The Law Society has produced two standard short office leases suitable for either the whole or part of a building.

    8 November 2017
    News

    National tragedies, local response

    In 2017 the country has been struck by a series of tragedies. A number of terrorist attacks were followed by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. The whole country was united in sympathy for those affected by these events, and wanted to do something to help. The legal community was no different.

    7 November 2017
    Blog

    100 Years since women became people

    We’re all familiar with the saying ‘men are from Mars and women are from Venus’, less well known is that, not so long ago, women weren’t actually considered people at all!

    1 November 2017
    Blog

    Long-awaited government review of cuts to civil legal aid welcomed

    News that the government is to review the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) was today welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    31 October 2017
    Press release

    Lord Chancellor gives evidence on LASPO review and small claims limit

    This week parliament continues to hold evidence sessions on the impact of Brexit and the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, including the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU giving evidence to the EU Lords Committee on the impact of a no deal. Oral Justice Questions and Exiting the EU Questions will also take place on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

    31 October 2017
    Blog

    What have we got here then? Companies must police themselves

    Today, company directors need to understand that the law requires them to ensure that their company is required to police itself for good corporate governance. The days have long gone when directors could say that their singular role in life was to maximise company profits, without considering the wider implications of its actions.

    24 October 2017
    Blog

    Top solicitors in England and Wales recognised

    Twelve law firms and seven solicitors were recognised as being among England and Wales’s best at the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards.

    20 October 2017
    Press release

    Standard of proof applied by the SDT - your views needed

    We are seeking members' views on a discussion paper about the standard of proof applied by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

    16 October 2017
    News
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