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From the president: Week beginning 7 May 2013

Week beginning: 7 May Meetings at the Ministry of Justice We had two important meetings with the Ministry of Justice this week. The first was my regular biannual catch-up with the secretary of state. Given recent events, we focused entirely on legal aid reform. I made it clear to the minister that the Law Society…

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BSN City Group Newsletter – May 2013

Bloomberg TV – Legal Business Development As part of our aim to bring you news of specific interest to City lawyers, BSN City Group is delighted to bring you an insightful news item broadcast recently on Bloomberg TV, featuring an interview with Trevor Faure, Global Leader & Partner, Legal Services with Ernst & Young. A…

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BSN supports Nwabueze Nwokolo for re-election

Law Society Ethnic Minority Council Member Elections 2013 BSN supports Nwabueze Nwokolo for re-election Contested elections are being held for the Law Society Ethnic Minority Council Member. The BSN Board urges you to vote for the current BSN Chair, Nwabueze Nwokolo, in the election. She is one of the incumbent Ethnic Minority members and has worked…

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Professional Update – 25 April 2013

25 April 2013 Society secures concessions on shares-for-rights scheme The Law Society has helped to secure major concessions on the government’s ‘shares-for-rights’ scheme, which allows employers to offer company shares to workers in exchange for them giving up basic employment rights. Read more about the concessions Read our press release on this issue Land Registry…

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Professional Update – 18th April 2013

PCT proposals: Law Society statement We think that government plans to introduce price-competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid are unworkable. We do not rule out more serious action later on but, at this stage, we believe that it is in the interests of our members and of the criminal justice system to engage with…

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From the president: Week beginning 8 April 2013

Week beginning: 8 April Shaping alternatives to price competition for legal aid We have now had the chance to consider in-depth the competitive tendering proposals the government published last Tuesday. The scale of the cuts proposed is shocking and, in our view, the proposal is unworkable. Our key concerns are the unrealistic timetable, the freedom…

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Law Society Legal News Summary – Wednesday 17 April 2013

Wednesday 17 April 2013 Legal Aid Consultation Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, p237 The introduction of price-competitive tendering for legal aid contracts is “unsustainable” and “wrong according to Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff. The Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Legal Aid consultation is seeking views on the introduction of price-competitive tendering, reports the legal weekly. The…

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BME Council member election

This is a really important time for all Solicitors to actively engage with their representative body. If you are registered with the SRA to receive communications based on your ethnicity, you will shortly receive a ballot paper for the forthcoming Ethnic Minority Council Member Election. The BSN Board urges you to vote for the current…

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Law Society announces new Deputy Vice President elect

The next Deputy Vice President of the Law Society will be property law expert Jonathan Smithers. The Law Society Council has elected Mr Smithers, partner at Tunbridge Wells-based firm CooperBurnett, who will take up the role of Deputy Vice President in July 2013. He is expected to become President of the Law Society in 2015….

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00803-Specialist Circuit Judge (Chancery)

Number of vacancies: One Location: South East Circuit – Central London Civil Justice Centre. Salary: £139, 933 Closing date: noon on 2 May 2013 The JAC has been asked to recommend one candidate for immediate appointment to a Specialist Circuit Judge vacancy on the South East Circuit – Central London Civil Justice Centre. There may…

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Professional Update 11 April 2013

11 April 2013 Legal aid: further cuts and competitive tendering plans This week the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) issued details of its plan to introduce price-competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid. The consultation also includes measures to cut a further £220m from the criminal and civil legal aid budget. Richard Miller, the Law Society’s…