LLS Monthly Report March 2017
Hello and welcome to the Relationship Management monthly report for March 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.
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- Events and training
- Presidents and Secretaries Conference 2017
- Update on Brexit - the latest links
- Pro Bono Charter and Manual - take a look and sign up
- Update on PI reform
- Social Mobility Index is launched
- National Conference of Local Law Societies 2017
Profile on the Practice Advice Service Practice notes
- Appointment of a professional executor
- Legal professional privilege
- Driving offences and penalties
- Family Mediation Council consultation on family mediators drafting consent orders
- Amending environmental impact assessments regulations consultation
- Inheritance tax on overseas property consultation
- Better Combat Compensation
- Legal Ombudsman consultation
- Legal Services Board draft business plan for 2017/18
SRA Open Consultations
- Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space
- Consultations for Government that you may be interested in responding to
Law Society Events in the South East April 2017
Talent management matters: Are you maximising the potential talent that exists in your team - your firm (Surrey TBC) 5 April - 16:45 - 18:30
Anti-money laundering workshops 26 April 2017 - Southampton 15:00 - 17:00
For a full list of events, further detail and to book, please visit our events page
The London Legal Walk is on 22nd May 2017 Register now
The 10th annual Guildford Legal Sponsored Walk
5.30pm Monday 12th June
In aid of - SURREY LAW CENTRE Led by Lady Toulson and Lord Toulson
The walk will start at Guildford Combined Court And takes an 8 km route along riverside and countryside. Ending at a reception at Clyde & Co’s Guildford offices
Register by e-mailing email@example.com
Presidents and Secretaries Conference 2017
Plans for the Presidents and Secretaries Conference in 2017 are well underway.
So far over 35 societies have booked to attend so if you would like to join us please book herefor what promises to be an informative and inspiring conference.
New for this year, we will be running surgery sessions on Friday 5 May between 12:45 - 13:45. This is a fantastic opportunity to have a 10 minute 1-2-1 meeting with a Law Society representative about a particular issue or concern you may have in relation to the operation of your local law society. Experts from the following Law Society departments will be available: Legal Policy, Communications (inc press office, digital communications and social media), Public Affairs, Practice Advice and Relationship Management.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Delegates can register for a maximum of two sessions.
Anyone wishing to take advantage of a surgery session will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: by Friday 31 March:
- your name, local law society and position at your local law society
- your query / question (this will help us to allocate a suitable Law Society expert)
Update on Brexit - the latest links
As the complex issue of Brexit continues here is the latest news from the Law Society:
The government’s plans for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations contain positive signals for the legal sector. Read the article in full here
Brexit explainer: Article 127 court case
As well as being a member of the European Union (EU) - a union of 28 countries with integrated policies on issues such as justice, defence and industry - the UK is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), a single market that allows for the free movement of people, goods, services and capital.
The article 127 court case is at root of whether the UK can leave the EU but stay in the EEA.
Read the article in full here
Pro Bono Charter and Manual - take a look and sign up
The Law Society has recently produced two new tools designed to help law firms and in-house teams develop the capacity and strategic presence of pro bono work to improve access to justice and meet unmet legal needs. To download your free copy of the Manual, please visit our website
To find out more information about the Pro Bono Charter and how to become a founding signatory, please click here
Update on PI reform
The President of The Law Society Robert Bourns tells us that there is a continuing need to lobby on PI and small claims as its impact on Access to Justice will be significant.
There's still time to take action:
- 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
The government has suggested that the personal injury sector will adapt and survive any forthcoming reforms. Read the article in full here
Research carried out by Compass Lexicon shows that insurers rather than consumers will benefit from the proposed changes to the PI reforms. The following press releases include further information:
Social Mobility Index is launched
The Social Mobility Commission and the Social Mobility Foundation have launched a joint initiative, the Social Mobility Employer Index.
The index is open for submissions until 3 May. The Law Society will be participating and is encouraging our members to do the same.
Find out more on the Social Mobility Foundation website
National Conference of Local Law Societies 2017
This year's conference is hosted by The City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society and will take place on 9 and 10 November 2017.
For further information and to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page
Profile on the Practice Advice Service
A significant way in which the Law Society assists members is by providing a range of helplines such as the Practice Advice Service (PAS). Established for over 27 years, Practice Advice is staffed by solicitors who provide free and confidential telephone advice to solicitors and those who work for member firms.
The deal with over 28,000 enquiries a year on a wide variety of practice issues such as:
- anti-money laundering
- membership of lender panels
- private client problems
They also receive calls on client care and compliance, PII and pastoral care and details of these helplines are given below.
In addition to the main advice line, they also have other helplines such as:
· Anti-Money Laundering 0207 320 9544
- Lawyerline - a service which advises solicitors on how to deal with complaints 020 7320 5720
- Pastoral Care - a referral service which helps members with personal, professional, financial and employment problems
· Professional Indemnity Insurance 020 7320 9545
0207 320 5795
NB: The PAS will be taking part in the marketplace sessions at this year's Presidents & Secretaries Conference.
Appointment of a professional executor
This practice note is for solicitors and law firms who provide will writing and probate services, and for solicitors and firms who are retained by, or have an economic relationship with, a third party selling its own executor services.
Legal professional privilege
This practice note is aimed at all solicitors who are involved in issues concerning legal professional privilege (LPP) Read more
Driving offences and penalties consultation
The Law Society has responded to a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death and serious injury. Read our full response
Family Mediation Council consultation on family mediators drafting consent orders
In November the Family Mediation Council released a consultation asking whether family mediators should be able to draft consent orders for both parties at the end of a successful mediation. The drafting of a consent order is not a reserved legal activity. Read the full response
Amending environmental impact assessment regulations consultation
The Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee has responded to a Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on amending environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations.
Inheritance tax on overseas property consultation
In December 2016 HMRC published a consultation on provisions in the Draft Finance Bill 2017 on inheritance tax on overseas property with value attributable to UK residential property. The Law Society has responded to this consultation. Read our full response
Better Combat Compensation
In December 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a consultation, 'Better Combat Compensation', that included proposals to change the processes for awarding compensation for injuries and deaths in combat. Read the full response
Legal Ombudsman consultation
The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has consulted on its annual business plan and budget. The consultation paper also sets out LeO's proposals for a new three-year strategy and an indicative three-year work programme.
Legal Services Board draft business plan for 2017/18
On 17 February the Law Society submitted its response to the Legal Services Board's (LSB) draft business plan for 2017/18.
Consultations for Government that you may be interested in responding to
Commissioning services for Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme
The MoJ are consulting on the Legal Aid Agency tender process for housing possession court duty schemes. The proposal includes price tendering. Find out more
Submission deadline 17 March 2017
Family Law - PD3AA
Submission deadline 17 March 2017
Consultation on cuts to fees under the Litigator Guaranteed Fee Scheme
The MoJ are consulting on proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court.
We believe that further cuts to solicitors’ fees are neither necessary nor sustainable at this time, bearing in mind the ongoing reforms in the justice system. Find out more
‘directing mind and will’ had the necessary fault element for the offence. The ‘directing mind and will’ test is known as the ‘Identification Doctrine’ and is readily applicable to economic crimes committed on behalf of or in the name of small companies. This call for evidence is tasked with establishing the extent to which the Identification Doctrine may be hindering effective criminal law enforcement and to formulate reform proposals if necessary. Find out more
Submission deadline 24 March 2017
Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy
BEIS has commissioned RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor to lead an independent review into how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.
We are interested in how the employment law framework can be adapted to the modern economy and how the rights granted by Parliament can be effectively enforced.
Submission deadline 4 April 2017
Submission deadline 24 March 2017
MoJ consultation Corporate Liability for Economic Crime - Call for evidence
To obtain a conviction for a corporate criminal offence the prosecution must show that the