February 2017


 

Hello and welcome to the Relationship Management monthly report for February 2017 for the South East

 

We hope you find the report useful and encourage you to share it with your members and colleagues.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the future development of our monthly report, please let us know.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

Bhavni Fowler

Relationship Manager - South East Email: bhavni.fowler@lawsociety.org.uk Mob: 07773 254 543

 

Jaymi Wooldridge

Relationship Management Executive - London, South East & East

Email: jaymi.wooldridge@lawsociety.org.uk Tel: 0207 320 5868

Mob: 07966 623 966`

 

Contents

News

  •             Events and training
    • Governance Review - modernising Chancery Lane update
    • Calling all Local Law Societies - Presidents & Secretaries Conference 2017
    • Personal Injury reform - Take action
    • Pride in the Profession 2017
    • Brexit - the latest insights and updates
    • Solicitor brand campaign - use the campaign to promote your firm
    • Capturing technological innovation in legal services

 

Consultation responses

  • Consultation on the soft tissue injury whiplash claims process
  • Amending the definition of financial advice consultation
  • Law Commission consultation on reforming misconduct in public office
  • Evidence to the BEIS Committee inquiry into the future world of work and rights of workers
  • Reporting serious incidents in charities consultation
  • Bladed articles and offensive weapons guideline consultation
  • Regulations required by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act consultation
  • National infrastructure commission for Wales consultation
  • Consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system
  • Sentencing for breach offences draft guideline consultation
  • Breaches of financial sanctions consultation
  • Mortgage market study terms of reference
  • Regulatory data and consumer choice in legal service

 

SRA Open Consultations

  • Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space

 

Law Society Events in the South East for March 2017

 

Anti-money laundering workshops 2017 in Oxford: 08/03/2017 15:00 - 17:00

 

JLD specific training:

 

Free LPC student forum: helping you secure a training position

 

18 February, Cardiff - This one-day forum will help LPC students and LPC graduates in their search for a training position and give them an opportunity to discuss the issues they face.

Book today

 

Free trainee and junior lawyer forum: career development skills and advice

 

11 March, Sheffield - The JLD is holding a free one-day skills event to equip those at the start of their careers with the skills necessary for life in practice. Book now

 

For a full list of events, further detail and to book, please visit our events page.

 

Governance Review - modernising Chancery Lane update

 

President Robert Bourns explains why modernising Chancery Lane is much needed and is well underway. Read the full Gazette articlehere

 

As changes are made, we would like input from members, especially local law societies. If you would like to share your thoughts with us, please contact us at representation@lawsociety.org.uk.

 

There are also plans to consult more formally with the membership as we begin to review Council - we will keep you informed.

 

Calling all Local Law Societies - Presidents & Secretaries Conference 2017

 

Now open for bookings!

 

Date: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May 2017

Location: The Law Society, London

Cost: Free for presidents and secretaries of local law societies

 

This flagship event for local law societies will incorporate a varied mix of plenary and breakout sessions ensuring delegates are offered the opportunity to discuss common challenges, share experiences and hear practical tips from both their peers and expert speakers.

 

For further information and to book your place, please visit the Law Society website today!

 

Personal Injury reform - Take action


In November 2016 the government announced proposals to:

  • raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000
  • stop or radically reduce compensation payments for minor soft tissue injuries, including whiplash, arising from road traffic accidents.

 

Read our response to the government'sconsultation on these proposals, which has now closed.

 

Although the consultation has closed you can still take action.

 

Contact your MP through our new online system

- it only takes five minutes, and includes a pre- written letter.

 

You can still download our campaigner pack (PDF 230kb), which provides guidance on responding to the government's consultation (now closed) as well as other ways to support our campaign.

 

Read the Daily Telegraph's economic impactstudy on the proposed PI reforms and how this could cost the profession 35,000 jobs.

 

Read our latest press release on how the reforms will restrict access to justice.

 

Pride in the Profession 2017

 

In his recent blog post, Law Society President, Robert Bourns' reflects on the strengths of the legal sector and how he wants solicitors to have pride in their profession and speak up for solicitors.  Read the blog post in full

 

Brexit - the latest insights and updates

Since the EU referendum result, The Law Society has been gathering members' views on the impact that leaving the EU could have on both their clients and businesses. Read the fullreport here

 

Both our policy committees and our Brexit taskforce are committed to helping the government with discussions and tasks in plans to withdraw from the EU. President Robert Bourns gave evidence in Parliament on Brexit and the legal sector. Read his blog here

 

We have also released a number of Press Releases regarding Brexit:

 

Road to Brexit outlined in new bill

 

Solicitors essential to trade for global Britainpost-Brexit

 

Supreme Court decision requires parliament totrigger Article 50

 

May highlights importance of legal services invision of Britain's industrial future

 

Truss right to put civil justice at heart of herBrexit priorities

 

The latest news and updates are available on our website.

 

Solicitor brand campaign - use the campaign to promote your firm

 

In October 2016, the Law Society launched its solicitor brand campaign promoting solicitors to the public, businesses and commissioners of legal services.

 

Read our recent blog post which explains how you can use the brand campaign to raise the profile of your firm.

 

We want members to continue to get involved in this campaign, so get in touch by email- tell us what you love about being a solicitor, what makes it worth going to work every day, and how you make a real difference to people's lives.


Take a look at the Research Round-up

Research Round-up is the Law Society’s regular publication highlighting recent research on the legal services market. Read the latest issue

 

Capturing technological innovation in legal services

 

We recently launched the capturing technological innovation in legal services and the report details the products, processes and strategies we use where technology and new ways of thinking and working are making big changes. Read the fullreport here

 

 

 

Amending the definition of financial advice consultation

 

This consultation followed the 2015 joint HMT and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), which looked at how consumers could get help with their finances more easily.

 

Generally, the Law Society supports the policy objective of appropriate regulatory simplification. Read the full response

 

Law Commission consultation on reforming misconduct in public office

 

This Law Commission has consulted on reforming the criminal law offence of 'misconduct in public office'.

 

The Law Society welcomes the broad approach set out in the comprehensive consultation paper. Read the full response

Evidence to the BEIS Committee inquiry into the future world of work and rights of workers

 

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has called for evidence on how employment rights apply within the rapidly changing work environment. We are interested in exploring how employment law can best work in the modern economy. Read our full response

 

Reporting serious incidents in charities consultation

 

The Charity Commission has reviewed its guidance Reporting serious incidents in charities.

 

A consultation was held to raise awareness of the updated guidance and to seek views on its revision. The Law Society puts forward a number of proposals to help make the guidance clearer. Read the full response

 

Bladed articles and offensive weapons guideline consultation

The Law Society has responded to the Sentencing Council's consultation about its draft guideline for sentencing for offences relating to the possession of bladed articles and offensive weapons, and threats involving such weapons. Read our full response

 

Regulations required by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act consultation

The Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee has responded to a Welsh Government consultation on regulations required by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and guidance. Read our full response

 

National Infrastructure commission for Wales consultation

 

The Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee has responded to a Welsh Government consultation on creating a national infrastructure commission for Wales.

Read our full response


Consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system

 

In December the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a consultation on how to reform the employment tribunal (ET) system. Read our full response

 

Sentencing for breach offences draft guideline consultation

The Law Society has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation about its draft guideline for sentencing for breach offences.

Read our full response

 

Breaches of financial sanctions consultation

 

The Law Society has responded to HM Treasury's consultation on the process for imposing monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions. Read our full response

 

Mortgage market study terms of reference

 

On 12 December 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a terms of reference document related to its market study on competition in the mortgage sector. While this was not a formal consultation, the FCA welcomed any comments on issues raised in it. Read our full response

 

 

Regulatory data and consumer choice in legal service

 

The Law Society has responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) discussion paper on Regulatory Data and Consumer Choice in Legal Services. Read our full response

 

 

SRA Open Consultations

 

Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space

 

 

 

This consultation concerns proposed changes to applications for waivers and the introduction of criteria and guidance to develop further the SRA Innovation Space. The SRA's evolving initiative aims to support firms of all types to deliver products and services in new ways, creating a legal services market more responsive to customer needs.

 

 

 

Submission deadline                                                    8 March 2017 Find out more

 

 

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