Law Society London & SE Relationship Management Team Weekly Update – 1st September 2020

2nd September 2020

The London & South East Relationship Management team are keen to ensure that key updates and information of relevance are communicated to you, and your local law society, periodically.

NEW: Law Society website and My LS

Our new website and the new My LS are now live. Please register to see content tailored to your practice and interests.

Thank you to all members who have fed back during development. Feedback is still welcome, so please get in touch (and encourage your members to do so) if you have any ideas or suggestions for the new site.

NEW:  Preparing for the end of the transition period – Brexit

We recommend that solicitors and firms continue or begin now to prepare for the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020.

Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing further guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period, including if the UK and EU do not reach an agreement on a future partnership.

Guidance on what you can do now can be found here.

ARTICLE: If you have a 1 October PII renewal date, act now

Chair of the Law Society’s Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee, Nick Gurney-Champion, issues an important warning to solicitors: you should already be arranging new cover.

Read the article here

RESOURCES: England and Wales during Covid-19: keeping the wheels of justice turning

Business and property courts in England and Wales have remained open throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Our expert judiciary and litigation solicitors have adapted to keep the wheels of justice turning.

English law continues to provide businesses with the flexibility, predictability and stability necessary to meet their needs.

Our webpage details more about the use of English law and the operation of the courts and arbitration centre during the pandemic. Read more

  • Remote Courts Worldwide – best practice to help the global community of justice workers (judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists) to share their experiences of developing remote alternatives to traditional court hearings in physical buildings
  • Virtual Arbitration – recent developments in the law and practice of arbitrating on web-based meeting platforms using online communications technology

FREE: The Law Society Technology Conference 2020 – online across 2 days, 22-23 September

Please join us on the 22nd and 23rd September for our virtual conference exploring how technology can empower lawyers through change and unlock the opportunities that come with it. Over six sessions, we will bring together speakers from across the legal eco-system sharing ideas and insights on how technology can help you:

  • Build business resilience;
  • Increase operational agility; and
  • Move forward at pace without compromising efficiency, professional standards, or well-being.

This event is aimed at the following:

  • senior and managing partners
  • in-house practitioners
  • practice managers
  • risk and compliance managers,
  • specialists in data protection and cyber security
  • COLPs, COFAs and those with compliance responsibilities.
  • specialists in innovation, legal operations and technology

For the full programme, and to register, please visit our webpage

Take action to call for further funding for our justice system

With the comprehensive spending review now underway, the Law Society is calling for members and supporters to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer today to urge him to ensure that our justice system and legal services sector is equipped with the funding it needs to face the challenges of the future.

The comprehensive spending review sets out departmental spending for the years ahead, and is the biggest opportunity to influence government spending priorities for the next few years.

This spending review is a once in a generation opportunity for our justice system, which contributes significantly to our economy, underpins our society and in turn facilitates growth across other parts of our economy. It is vital that the Chancellor hears your voice.

You can write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer using our quick and easy tool which takes just two minutes to complete: https://lawsociety.e-activist.com/page/64122/action/1

Suggested tweets

 With the comprehensive spending review underway, use @TheLawSociety tool to write to Rishi to urge him to ensure that our justice system and legal services sector is equipped with the funding it needs to face the challenges of the future

https://lawsociety.e-activist.com/page/64122/action/1

This spending review is a once in a generation opportunity for our justice system. Take action by using @TheLawSociety new tool to and write to Rishi to call for our sector to get the funding needed to face the challenges of the future https://lawsociety.e-activist.com/page/64122/action/1

Open Consultations

Consultation on Corporate Tax Rules that apply to Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements– closing date 29 August 2020
Link to consultation
Policy Lead: James.Reynolds@lawsociety.org.uk

The government is consulting on arrangements that exploit the differences in tax treatments between the two jurisdictions. This consultation seeks to ensure that the hybrid mismatch rules work proportionately and as intended.

If you have any questions in relation to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at London&SouthEastTeam@lawsociety.org.uk