Professional Update July 25, 2013

25 July 2013

Criminal legal aid: join our live Q&A

We’re holding a free live webinar next week to answer your questions about our efforts to secure a sustainable future for criminal legal aid. We’ll explain our proposed alternative to price-competitive tendering, summarise the purpose and progress of our discussions with the Ministry of Justice to date, and address any concerns.
Register now – Q&A starts at 17:30 on Wednesday 31 July

Related content:
Our criminal legal aid campaign

New podcast: guide to employment tribunal fees

On Monday 29 July, a new fee system will be introduced to the employment tribunals process. In our free podcast, Jason Latham, deputy director of tribunals at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, explains how the new system will work.
Listen to the free podcast

Final version of ATED return now available

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released the final version of its annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) return. Payments for 2013-14 must reach HMRC by 1 October 2013.
Read more about the ATED return

Related: SDLT – general anti-abuse rule now in force

Personal injury campaign – order free materials

Don't get muggedOur campaign to promote solicitors as the best source of legal advice on personal injury has gained widespread media coverage.

Its deliberately bold and humorous approach has helped get our message across to the public.

The campaign ends next week but you can still order posters, postcards and customer guides. Order free campaign materials

Be rewarded for exporting legal services

Has your firm championed the role of English law in the world of global commerce, or set high standards for responsible business in overseas markets? Nominate yourselves for the Excellence in Exporting Legal Services award and showcase the contribution you’re making to legal services around the world.
Make your nomination today – extended deadline: Friday 16 August

Insolvency Law Handbook – fully revised and expanded

Insolvency Law HandbookThis handbook provides an accessible and comprehensive guide to the current insolvency law landscape.

Significantly revised, the third edition includes new sections on debt relief orders and changes to individual voluntary arrangements.

Learn more about this book and order your copy today

Supporting the City

We have launched a dedicated webpage for the City, which features the lobbying that the Society does on behalf of its City membership as well as relevant publications, events and training.
View the City page

New tenancy laws planned for Wales

The Welsh government is planning new legislation to significantly change how social and private homes are rented in Wales. We’d like your views on the proposals to inform our consultation response.
Find out more and contribute

Training and events

National property law conference: solicitors fight back – 5.5 CPD hours

This conference gives you the tools to successfully develop and realign your business strategy in a tough economic climate and an increasingly competitive marketplace. Through a combination of plenary and breakout sessions, you will explore ideas and solutions for developing your practice in the property sector.
Book today – 11 October
Join the Property Section

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Law Management Section finance and business conference 2013 – 5.5 CPD hours

2013 will see significant changes to the legal landscape, particularly regarding PI and legal aid. Effectively managing your practice is increasingly important. This conference is your opportunity to learn new ideas and techniques on how to improve efficiencies and remain effective in the changing legal environment.
Book today – 7 November
Join the Law Management Section

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Black History Month inspiration evening – 1 CPD hour

The annual Black History Month inspiration evening brings together an impressive lineup of high-profile, high-achieving minority lawyers. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Against all odds’. Speakers will share their stories and professional journeys.
Book today – 11 October

Associate sponsors:

Herbert Smith Freewills
Reed Smith

The statutory residence test demystified

The statutory residence test came into force in April 2013. This webinar will provide guidance on how it works, the meanings of the definitions relevant to the ‘sufficient ties test’ and the implications of the abolition of ordinary residence.
Book today – 11 September

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