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Welcome to the Law Society blog, where you will find updates from our president and our CEO, plus pieces that showcase work from around the organisation to highlight the expertise of our staff and wider network.

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Second Reading debate of the Prisons and Courts Bill and its implications for access to justice

20 March 2017

This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.

#SayMyName (correctly please!)

20 March 2017

Our names are part of our identity, so it can have an impact on us when they’re pronounced incorrectly. To mark the UN End Racism Day 21 March, the Law Society is asking what’s in a name for #SayMyName. Bansi Desai explains why it’s important to her

How to use an award to promote your firm

15 March 2017

Applying for an award for your business can be hard work, but the benefits are enormous, if you capitalise on the win. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide 

Article 50 likely to be triggered this week

13 March 2017

The prime minister is expected to trigger Article 50 by her 31 March deadline.

Taking the silk road? Four tips from a QC

08 March 2017

This year a record number of solicitor advocates were appointed to Queen's Counsel. Adam Johnson, one of the six appointed, shares his tips for success.

Article 50 bill amended in the House of Lords

07 March 2017

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is amended and the discount rate to personal injury compensation payments is lowered.

Seven reasons why the legal profession needs International Women’s Day

02 March 2017

Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and highlight the challenges that still have to be overcome. Suzanne Gallagher and Shereen Semnani offer seven reasons why the legal profession needs to sit up and take notice.

Article 50 bill discussed in the House of Lords and Prisons and Courts Bill published

01 March 2017

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is debated and the government publishes the Prisons and Courts Bill.

Continuing competence: meeting requirements is easier than you think

01 March 2017

Four months into continuing competence, some firms are introducing draconian, bureaucratic processes to comply under the new regime. And that means they are unnecessarily making a rod for their own back, says Melissa Hardee.

Capturing time effectively increases profit: the data tells us so

23 February 2017

Barry Wilkinson makes the case for time capture and why it is essential to profitability

Homeless at 16, qualified solicitor at 28

15 February 2017

Keiley Ann Broadhead was homeless at 16 and lived in a hostel during her A-Levels. 12 years later, she is a qualified and award-winning in-house solicitor. She explains how the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme helped her achieve her dream

Workers' rights without enforcement are meaningless

10 February 2017

With cases of exploitation thrusting UK employment law into the spotlight, Nick Denys looks at how the system can be made fairer for all. Reading time: 2 minutes

New routes to qualification: How an apprentice can help your firm

08 February 2017

Three new apprenticeship schemes have opened up new routes into the legal profession. Jessie Barwick looks at the advantages for apprentices, firms and the legal profession.

Brexit white paper published and Justice Select Committee hearing on soft tissue claims

07 February 2017

Alexandra Cardenas looks at the progression of the Brexit bill and the government’s consultation on soft tissue injury claims.

Cybersecurity: What the Panama Papers can teach all law firms

02 February 2017

The Panama Papers leak exposed the most common weakest link in law firms' cybersecurity: its people. Mark Leiser looks at what firms can learn from the scandal.

Brexit priorities for the legal sector

01 February 2017

The legal sector is playing a key role in shaping the upcoming negotiations for exiting the EU. Robert Bourns considers priorities for the profession during this period of transition.

Supreme Court judgment handed down and Brexit bill introduced

30 January 2017

The Supreme Court hands down judgment in the article 50 case, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is introduced, and Mikaël Laurens gives evidence to the International Trade Select Committee.

Managing stress - 10 tips to support your wellbeing

25 January 2017

More and more solicitors are suffering from stress at work, potentially affecting both their own wellbeing and the productivity of their businesses. Rita Oscar offers her top tips for managing stress in the legal profession.

Regulation of legal services in 2017

24 January 2017

Robert Bourns considers the Competition and Markets Authority report on competition in the legal services market, developments on the SRA handbook and Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and potential changes to professional indemnity insurance.

More detail on Brexit and LASPO review announced

23 January 2017

The prime minister rules out continued membership of the single market, the LASPO Post-Implementation Review is announced and the Law Society anticipates the Supreme Court judgement on Article 50.

Law Society gives evidence on Brexit and MPs discuss access to justice

17 January 2017

Alexandra Cardenas discusses Brexit, briefing parliamentarians and the Law Society's work on small claims.

Pride in the Profession in 2017

12 January 2017

Robert Bourns reflects on the strengths of the legal sector and encourages solicitors to take pride in their work and speak up for their profession.

Brexit: dismantling Europe brick by brick

11 January 2017

As the dust clears after the EU referendum, we face the challenge of how to separate the shared UK/EU legal framework. And that challenge is truly unprecedented, says Ignasi Guardans.

A look at 2017: Access to justice

05 January 2017

In the first in a series on the key issues concerning solicitors in 2017, Robert Bourns looks at threats to access to justice.

New year, new clients

04 January 2017

Hayley Stewart of communications agency DTW, explains how you can use the Law Society's solicitor brand campaign to promote your firm this new year.

How to win clients with words

21 December 2016

You might think that your deep knowledge of your subject matter and your great discursive skills equip you to write content marketing for your firm. But it's not as simple as it seems, says Ben Hollom.

Brexit secretary commits to publishing plan in New Year

19 December 2016

Alexandra Cardenas looks at ongoing Brexit discussions in her latest report.

Lose your inhibitions but not your job – Christmas party etiquette

14 December 2016

Office Christmas parties can be the highlight of the work social calendar – or minefields for the unwary. So how can you make sure you have a great time without getting yourself in any trouble? Employment lawyer Richard Coulthard explains.

Triggering article 50 and the lord chancellor questioned on judiciary independence

12 December 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the article 50 hearing and the chancellor's first fiscal announcement.

Human rights – all solicitors have a part to play

09 December 2016

In a blog to mark Human Rights Day, Sara Chandler looks at what the role of solicitors should be in promoting human rights.

Go with the flow: top five tips for managing your cashflow

30 November 2016

Steve Deutsch, chief executive of Wesleyan Bank, offers his top five tips to help law firms stay on top of their finances.

UK's withdrawal from the EU, and legal aid deserts

28 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the latest Brexit developments and looks at legal aid for housing.

Autumn statement and Government's reversal of immigration and asylum fees

28 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Autumn statement and the government's reversal of immigration and asylum fees.

How to get and keep clients: 9 top tips on adding value

24 November 2016

Kerrie Fuller outlines the Law Society's value proposition project and explains how law firms can get started with their own project, to understand and deliver what their clients want from them.

Autumn statement and the Justice Select Committee annual report

21 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas looks at the  Autumn statement and Justice Select Committee's annual report.

Seven top tips on managing negative social media comments

16 November 2016

If negative comments are made about your firm on social media, how can you manage the conversation to avoid lasting damage to your business? David Gilroy explains.

Article 50 and women in the law

14 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the government's reaction to the article 50 ruling and diversity in law.

Doing your bit: supporting the vulnerable through pro bono

09 November 2016

The pro bono advice given by solicitors provides essential support to some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised in society. Caroline Sorbier explains how it helps in one charity Body & Soul, which supports those living with or affected by HIV.

Welcome to National Pro Bono Week

07 November 2016

Robert Bourns discusses National Pro Bono Week and the launch of our Pro Bono Charter.

The Investigatory Powers Bill and legal professional privilege

07 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the third reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill and the strengthening of legal professional privilege.

Winter Blues: what to do about it

02 November 2016

As British summertime officially ends, some of us may be feeling as gloomy as the weather. Karen Jackson looks at Seasonal Affective Disorder, what you can do if you have it and how employers should support those affected.

Vexatious claims and Brexit debates

31 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the discussions in parliament focusing debates on Brexit and legislative scrutiny of bills in both houses.

5 top tips to make your office space more inspiring

26 October 2016

Richard Heinrich looks at how you can increase morale and productivity by making small, simple changes to your office environments.

Investigatory Powers Bill debated

24 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the report stage debates on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

12 tips for the first year: diary of a start-up law firm

19 October 2016

In his second instalment of his diary of a start-up family law firm, Robin Charrot shares the lessons learned from Evolve’s first year.

Reviewing the implications of Brexit

17 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the latest Brexit-related events and the implications for the UK justice system.

Five steps to wellbeing

10 October 2016

On World Mental Health Day, Elizabeth Rimmer discusses how solicitors can look after their wellbeing.

Conservative Party Conference

07 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Conservative Party Conference.

The zero-networking approach to business development

06 October 2016

A solicitor's career hinges on their ability to win work. Douglas McPherson suggests five alternative options for those that don't like formal networking.

Labour Party Conference

30 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Labour Party Conference.

Adapt or die: are solicitors becoming obsolete?

29 September 2016

Andrew Kidd explains why it is essential that the legal profession adapts to the way clients wish to consume legal services.  

Liberal Democrat Conference

23 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the Law Society's activities at the Liberal Democrat Conference.

Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

22 September 2016

In advance of Black History Month, Jerry Garvey and Barbara Whitehorne consider issues around diversity in the legal profession, and explain what the Law Society is doing to help.

Transforming our justice system

16 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses new proposals to reform the courts system and the government's plan for the renegotiation of a deal with the EU.

SRA Handbook proposals - a blueprint for a splintered profession?

15 September 2016

Jayne Willetts outlines concerns about the SRA's consultation on proposals which may deregulate the legal market. 

What will you leave behind?

09 September 2016

As part of Remember A Charity Week, Rob Cope discusses the importance of reminding clients about charitable donations in their wills.

New priorities for justice

09 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the lord chancellor's first session of Justice Oral Questions and looks at priorities for her department.

7 legal writing mistakes to avoid

02 September 2016

Richard Heinrich looks at the seven deadly sins of writing legal documents.

16 practical tips to improve your internal communications

26 August 2016

Rachel Brushfield explains the role that effective internal communication plays in building employee engagement, and provides a host of tips for employers.

Unravelling the Gordian knot of law firm ownership

19 August 2016

Matthew Still considers the relationship between ownership and operation for UK legal services.

Close to home: spotting elder abuse

12 August 2016

Richard Roberts details the warning signs of financial abuse of the elderly, what practitioners should look out for, and the steps they can take where such abuse is exposed.

Business and human rights

08 August 2016

Robert Bourns discusses modern slavery and how law firms can advise clients on human rights.

Digital detox: switch off for the holidays

04 August 2016

Karen Jackson discusses the curse of connectivity and how to switch off when on holiday.

‘Two-tier’ legal profession danger

28 July 2016

Robert Bourns discusses how changes to the SRA Handbook would dilute client protections.

Swearing in of the lord chancellor

22 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas details the swearing in of Liz Truss, the first female lord chancellor, and highlights other new legal ministerial briefs.

LinkedIn: is it worth your time?

21 July 2016

Emily Miller and Susan Kench explore LinkedIn's value for solicitors, and offer some tips on how to improve your profile.

Brexit: political turmoil

15 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the new prime minister's key ministerial appointments following the EU referendum and Conservative party reshuffle. 

New beginnings: Pride in the profession

14 July 2016

Robert Bourns reflects on the start of his presidency, and discusses our new Pride in the profession campaign. 

Brexit fallout and Conservative party leadership contest

08 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the fallout from the Brexit result on the EU referendum, and the resulting Conservative Party leadership contest. 

LawCare: a helping hand

07 July 2016

Elizabeth Rimmer explains why wellbeing strategies are essential in every organisation, and what LawCare can do to help solicitors in need.

Brexit: a traumatic and turbulent week

01 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers how and when the next prime minister will start the official proceedings of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and reports on the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. 

President's farewell blog

30 June 2016

In the last video of the president's blog series, Jonathan Smithers shares the successes of the past 12 months. Hear about the steps that were taken with the criminal courts charges, the Law Society's exploration of technology across the profession and watch the short tribute compilation of his highlights.

Pride: why we march

30 June 2016

Kevin Poulter reflects on the Pride in London parade, and discusses equality for the LGBT community. 

Brexit: no need for haste

24 June 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the outcomes of the EU referendum.

Will lawyers be replaced by robots?

23 June 2016

Jonathan Smithers explains how artificial intelligence has permeated our lives and considers the consequences for the legal profession.

Policing and Crime Bill moves to House of Lords

17 June 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Policing and Crime Bill and considers a question around the independence of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Being out at work - why does it matter?

16 June 2016

Sarah Crowe considers the issues around coming out as LGBT in the workplace and provides some tips for law firms.

Investigatory Powers Bill debate continues during purdah

10 June 2016

While many government departments languish in purdah, the parliamentary debate around the Investigatory Powers Bill continues. Alexandra Cardenas considers the issues.

Emotional resilience: escaping low self-esteem

09 June 2016

In the third instalment on emotional health for solicitors, Julian Hall takes a look at the relationship between emotional resilience and self-esteem.

The robots are coming - but will justice be done?

03 June 2016

LHS Solicitors discuss the growth of AI and the impact it will have on the legal profession.

Do we need new law or legal concepts to govern AI and machine learning?

02 June 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Modern Transport Bill are among the topics discussed in this month's review by the president, Jonathan Smithers. Watch his blog to also find out about the latest international engagements, the London Legal Walk 2016 and to learn about our upcoming conference during London Technology Week this June.

Brexit marches closer

27 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the intensification of EU referendum and discusses the Treasury's apparent efforts to avert it.

What's in solicitors' heads?

25 May 2016

Caroline Roddis discusses the Law Society Insights community and explains how you can get involved.

Queen's Speech: reactions

20 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers reactions to the Queen's Speech, and outlines the main points of interest to the legal profession.

Stress and the legal profession

19 May 2016

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Karen Jackson discusses how stress affects the mind and body and considers ways for law firms to manage the issue.

Queen's speech

18 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the points of interest relevant to the legal sector that were mentioned in the Queen's speech.

Stonewall: creating change

17 May 2016

As part of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOT), Duncan Wood outlines some top tips to help law firms ensure that they are inclusive places to work.

Restoring credibility to human rights

13 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the parliamentary debate on the European Convention of Human Rights and discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit.

Protecting your online assets

12 May 2016

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Gary Rycroft writes about what happens to your digital assets after death, and how to protect them.

Leading by example

06 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, where MPs stated that the UK needs to lead by example to drive out corruption.

Excellence Awards - excellent for business

05 May 2016

Laura Devine discusses how winning the Excellence Award for Woman Lawyer of the Year has made a difference to her firm.

Provision of justice must never be a revenue-raising exercise

05 May 2016

The proposed plans to increase tribunal fees, the success of the Rights of Women legal challenge and progress on the UN Business and Human Rights principles - these are just a few of the highlighted issues in this month's president's blog. 

Brexit: a shift in policy?

29 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.

London Legal Walk: supporting access to justice

27 April 2016

Bob Nightingale explains how London’s solicitors are helping the poorest and most vulnerable people in the region.

Frictions over legal aid

22 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the legal aid residence test and the judicial review challenge to domestic violence evidence requirements.

Law Society governance review

20 April 2016

As many know, a review of the governance of the Law Society is underway. We are keen to hear from our members as we consider any changes, writes vice president Robert Bourns. 

Taxing times: Panama Papers

15 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the events around the Panama Papers and provides an update on European Referendum debate.

Celebrating 10 years of excellence

14 April 2016

Annaliese Fiehn writes about the Law Society's Excellence Awards and explains the nomination process. 

Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements

08 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the changes to the evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

How do you compare - Financial Benchmarking Survey 2016

06 April 2016

Andy Harris looks at the results of this year's Financial Benchmarking Survey.

Implementation of court closures gets underway

04 April 2016

With parliament in recess, Alexandra Cardenas highlights the latest legal aid statistics and provides an update on court closures.

President's video blog: March 2016

31 March 2016

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers reveals the acclaimed keynote speaker for this year's Excellence Awards. He also discusses the Budget's implications for solicitors and outlines his thoughts on artificial intelligence in the legal sector (duration 3:30 seconds).

Cyber attack: how would 007 do it?

31 March 2016

Stuart Poole-Robb discusses a new threat to law firms' IT systems and provides some top tips to prevent attacks from occurring. 

Crack on with your career: legal apprenticeships

24 March 2016

Kayleigh Leonie asks whether the offer of a cheaper route into the profession is too good to be true.

Resignation surprises

24 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers Iain Duncan Smith's surprise resignation and the subsequent mini reshuffle.

Budget 2016: not exactly a cocktail of risks

18 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas outlines the topline figures from the Budget announcement and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

New beginnings: diary of a start-up law firm

17 March 2016

In the first instalment of a new series, Robin Charrot reflects on the early stages of setting up his law firm and provides practical advice for those who are considering doing the same.

Is Gove for Brexit?

11 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the rumours that Michael Gove may become the lead campaigner for the 'Leave' campaign in the EU referendum. 

International Women’s Day: Two legal sector views

08 March 2016

For International Women's Day, Julie Ashdown and Leah Glover outline their views on how the legal sector can progress gender parity and support women.

Investigatory Powers Bill is finally published

07 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Home Office's newly-published Investigatory Powers Bill and the Cabinet Office's report on potential post-Brexit EU relationship models.

How to successfully progress your in-house career

02 March 2016

Robert Bourns considers different career paths taken by four in-house lawyers, and looks at what lessons can be learned from their experiences.

EU referendum highlights party divisions

29 February 2016

Richard Messingham considers the latest political manoeuvrings following the Prime Minister's EU negotiations.

President's video blog: February 2016

25 February 2016

This month, Jonathan Smithers updates you on the government's consultation on separating regulators from representative bodies, the Ministry of Justice court closures, his recent appearance in front of the justice select committee, and the end of two-tier criminal legal aid contracts.

Changing places: tips for coming back to a merger

24 February 2016

Vanessa Friend reflects on two life changes in one year, and provides some tips for other women in similar situations.

EU deal twitchiness

19 February 2016

Richard Messingham discusses the EU renegotiations and looks ahead to the next European Council summit.

Increasing diversity on our Council and committees

17 February 2016

Jerry Garvey considers some common misconceptions about the Law Society’s Council and provides three case studies of Council members from diverse backgrounds.

Furore over court closures

12 February 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the much-opposed proposed court closures and considers the issue of court fees.

10 ways to get clients to love your firm

11 February 2016

Kerrie Fuller explains how excellent customer service is the key to growing your business.

British Bill of Rights faces legislative hurdles

05 February 2016

Richard Messingham outlines the hurdles faced by the government over the British Bill of Rights and considers speculation that it is being delayed by the wait for clarity on the EU renegotiations.

How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

04 February 2016

In the second installment on emotional health for solicitors, Julian Hall takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing.

Duty contracts: a change of heart

29 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers the scrapping of the controversial duty contracts scheme for criminal legal aid.

President's video blog: January 2016

28 January 2016

In the first video blog of the year, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers welcomes our first major report on the future of legal services, aimed at helping members and their clients. He also discusses representing the profession at the opening of the legal year in Hong Kong and Malaysia and congratulates the latest QC appointees.

Why I became a social mobility ambassador

26 January 2016

Adele Edwin-Lamerton, social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, writes about her path into the law.

Labour launches access to justice commission

22 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers Labour's latest initiative and outlines the details of a Westminster Hall debate on access to justice for vulnerable people.

Collapse of PI - time to reinvent your firm

20 January 2016

Larry Cattle considers how personal injury solicitors should rethink their strategy to mitigate the impact of the change to the small-claims limit. 

Labour's reshuffle reignited

15 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers Catherine McKinnell MP's resignation, and the continuing campaign to leave the EU.

Mediation - why aren't you doing it?

14 January 2016

As part of #FamilyMediationWeek, Tracey O'Dwyer provides an overview of the benefits of mediation, and addresses some common concerns.

First week back: Labour reshuffle and EU referendum

08 January 2016

Richard Messingham reflects on the reshuffle within the Labour party and the divisive issue of the EU referendum.

You've been hacked - you just don't know it yet

08 January 2016

Personal information is the most valuable commodity on the globe, argues Nick Podd. Here he considers the issues around cybersecurity and outlines how law firms can take responsibility for the security of their clients' data.

President's video blog: December 2015

18 December 2015

Jonathan Smithers sees in the holiday period by discussing International Human Rights Day, the successful reversal of the criminal court charges and the regulation of legal services review by HM Treasury.See how you can get involved and hear about the latest developments.

EU continues to dominate at Christmas break

18 December 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on prime minister David Cameron's negotiations over the UK's membership of the EU.

Why lawyers are boring at parties

17 December 2015

Alex Barr writes about how your opening gambit at parties can influence your bottom line.

Issues around the EU Referendum Bill

11 December 2015

Richard Messingham discusses the government's problems around the EU Referendum Bill, and also provides a summary of the activity on International Human Rights Day.

Raising awareness of youth justice

10 December 2015

Preetha Gopalan, an associate at Oslwang LLP, writes about her experience of working with young people to increase their understanding of the law.

Gove shows he is not wedded to the past

04 December 2015

Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Syria debate and the lord chancellor's announcements this week. 

Are you an emotionally resilient lawyer?

03 December 2015

Julian Hall takes a look at the key personal qualities that help us navigate stress and provides some tips on developing emotional resilience.

Excitement over the Autumn Statement

27 November 2015

Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Autumn Statement, and also looks at legal aid, court closures and the Investigatory Powers Bill.

President's video blog: November 2015

26 November 2015

Jonathan Smithers shares how you can find out more about how we will be representing, promoting and supporting members following the launch of our new strategy.He also talks about the latest updates on the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors, criminal legal aid duty contracts and the justice committee's report on the criminal courts charge.

Keeping your firm in the know

25 November 2015

Markus Coleman explains the three simple steps to effective knowledge management for your firm.

Introducing our new member-focused strategy

20 November 2015

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon summarises the Society's new strategy.

Security concerns following the Paris attacks

20 November 2015

Richard Messingham discusses the possibility of the government fast tracking the draft Investigatory Powers Bill into law.

Osborne juggles spending review

13 November 2015

Richard Messingham considers the difficult choices ahead for both George Osborne and David Cameron.

Reflections on the Magna Carta exhibition

11 November 2015

Sarah Austin reflects on her background and discusses her contribution to the Supreme Court's Magna Carta exhibition.

Gender pay gap

09 November 2015

As part of #EqualPayDay, Asif Afridi and Roseanne Russell consider the gender pay gap and look at the legal framework that outlines employers' responsibilities.

Reshaping pro bono in the City

06 November 2015

Amy Heading, UK Pro Bono Manager & Counsel (Senior Associate) at DLA Piper, considers whether the current trends transforming the legal industry can also reshape pro bono practices at City firms.

The spectre of May vs. Osborne

06 November 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on a week when the home secretary Theresa May managed to steer clear of significant controversy when she introduced some long awaited changes to the law on investigatory powers.

The rewards of doing pro bono

04 November 2015

Sarah Henchoz, partner at Allen & Overy, discusses the challenges and rewards of pro bono work.

Faciemus pro bono*

02 November 2015

*Latin for: do pro bono!Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks, explains the significance of National Pro Bono Week and outlines how pro bono work contributes to access to justice.

Tax credit squabbles

30 October 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on a busy week in parliament, with discussion on various pieces of legislation including tax credits, the British Bill of Rights and the Immigration Bill.

Defending victims of human trafficking

29 October 2015

Philippa Southwell outlines some common indicators to identify victims of forced criminality and human trafficking, and explains what to do to help such individuals when representing them.

President's video blog: October 2015

29 October 2015

Jonathan Smithers reflects on his first 100 days and the annual Law Society Excellence Awards that took place on 22 October. He also discusses problems with criminal legal aid contracts.Looking forward to the month ahead, he talks about the impact that solicitors’ pro bono work has, as National Pro Bono Week takes place during the first week of November.

Maintain your skills in a post-CPD world

23 October 2015

Matthew Still outlines the forthcoming changes to CPD and considers the consequences of neglecting lifelong training.

The Investigatory Powers Bill and Brexit

23 October 2015

Richard Messingham looks ahead to the release of the Investigatory Powers Bill, and considers the issues it brings up around legal professional privilege.

New policy developments come thick and fast

16 October 2015

Richard Messingham anticipates a highly active legislative period between now and Christmas now that parliament has returned, and provides an overview of the activity around the Immigration Bill.

Breaking down barriers: mentoring programme

13 October 2015

Julie Ashdown, head of Corporate Responsibility, Equality and Diversity, discusses the Law Society's new mentoring programme and explains how to sign up.

Conference season ends and parliament returns

09 October 2015

Richard Messingham considers the end of the party conference season and looks ahead to the return of parliament.

Brexit: economic modelling for legal services

08 October 2015

Catherine Dixon, Law Society chief executive, outlines the Society's latest work on economic modelling of the impact of a possible UK exit from the European Union on the legal services sector.

Party conference season continues

02 October 2015

Richard Messingham outlines the Law Society's activity at the Conservative party conference, and provides an overview of the key policy debates, developments and announcements.

President's video blog: September 2015

30 September 2015

Jonathan Smithers welcomes in the opening of the legal year and shares the highlights of the month to come.He also discusses the launch of our business and human rights programme and provides an update on court fees and the SRA's response to our consumer credit consultation.

Reflections from a political road trip

25 September 2015

Richard Messingham provides an update of the Law Society's undertakings at the Lib Dem and UKIP party conferences, as well as a more detailed review of the day-to-day activity.

The future is shared experiences

24 September 2015

Emma Maule, Law Society social media officer, considers some of the key takeaways from Social Media Week London and provides top tips for firms to enhance their online presence.

Party conference season begins

18 September 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on the new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and provides a précis of the Law Society's party conference activity.

Human rights work at the Law Society - get involved

17 September 2015

Sarah Smith outlines the range of human rights activity carried out at the Law Society, and explains how you can get involved.

Westminster weekly update: welcome to our new blog

11 September 2015

Richard Messingham introduces the first of a series of blogs focusing on political updates, parliamentary briefings, and what's going on in Westminster.

Winning new clients - as easy as one, two, three

10 September 2015

David Yeoward explains why it is important to have and to stick to a bid process, and outlines three easy steps to winning new clients.

Eight seconds to promote your firm

04 September 2015

Meena Toor, Law Society multimedia editor, provides some top tips to promote your firm's website and make your content stand out from the crowd.

President's video blog: August 2015

27 August 2015

In the second instalment of the president's video blog, Jonathan Smithers discusses our action in response to the latest government proposals to increase court fees and close 91 courts and tribunals.He talks about how our interactive map has been received by the media and how it’s helping us form our consultation response. Jonathan also shares his feedback on international conferences with law societies and bar associations in the US and Canada.

Conveyancing - is the reward worth the risk?

21 August 2015

Mark Carver outlines shifts in conveyancing fees and associated risk from a PII perspective, based on a new report.

Tweet like a pro

13 August 2015

Emma Maule, social media officer at the Law Society, provides some essential tips to get you tweeting like a pro.

Help us develop the Law Society's new strategy

06 August 2015

To make sure we meet our members' needs, we are developing our new strategy for the Law Society. We have launched a simple survey, which asks you about each of our draft strategic aims. Please take a moment to give us your thoughts. The survey closes on 11 September.

Managing and retaining talent in today's climate

30 July 2015

Julie Nicholds discusses the steps you can take to identify, manage and retain the talent in your business.

Leading and developing legal teams: seven top tips

23 July 2015

Executive coach and former lawyer Anne Waldron offers practical tips for successful team development.

President's video blog: July 2015

23 July 2015

In this video, the president discusses mass data retention legislation, proposals to change the way solicitors qualify, the UK-China law programme, court closures and criminal legal aid.

Law Society Library corporate archive

16 July 2015

Tom Ellen examines the Law Society Library’s archive of historical artefacts as part of the #archivemonth it is celebrating on Twitter, and also outlines the services it offers to members.

The year ahead

09 July 2015

It is both an honour and privilege to become the 171st president of the Law Society of England and Wales. There is a tradition for each president to present to the Law Society’s Council a ‘Presidential Plan’, setting out my priorities for next year. You can see my plan on the website, so please take a look if you have a moment. There are three main areas which will be the focus of my presidency: the rule of law, access to justice and conveyancing and land law.

Welcome to our blog

08 July 2015

Welcome to our new blog. Our staff and wider networks have a wealth of knowledge about specialist topics that we’re going to showcase here. Through the frequent provision of useful and concise information, advice and commentary, we hope to support our members’ everyday legal practice and their professional life.

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