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.


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




  • 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


Consultation responses

  • 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 bob@llst.org.uk


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 events@lawsociety.org.uk 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:


Insurers will be the winners and consumers thelosers in personal injury 'reforms', economicstudy shows


Ministry of Justice plans mean victims ofnegligent drivers won’t get legal help


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
  • costs
  • conveyancing
  • membership of lender panels
  • private client problems
  • litigation


They also receive calls on client care and compliance, PII and pastoral care and details of these helplines are given below.


Other helplines:


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.

Read more


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.

Read the full response


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.

Read our full response


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.

Read our full response


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


The President of the Family Division has published a consultation on PD3AA vulnerablepersons: participation in proceedings and givingevidence. Find out more


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.

Find out more


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