Law Society London & SE Relationship Management Team Weekly Update – 16th October 2020

16th October 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 president inaugurated

David Greene took office as the 176th president of the Law Society of England and Wales this week in the first ever streamed inauguration ceremony held by Chancery Lane.

Read our Press Release in full here

Our Diversity and Inclusion Divisions: the Women Lawyers Division

The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession, reflecting the diversity of our society. Each week we shall shine a light on a  different Law Society Division, and would encourage you to share them with your constituents, and members.

The Women Lawyers Division (WLD) supports and advises all women solicitors and aspiring women solicitors, from trainees to retirees. They share relevant news; expertise and experience and regulatory and management information.

They also offer practical support and guidance, including career development. They also commission articles from leading women lawyers and legal commentators on topics relevant to women in law.

Read more
Find out more about the WLD committee
Follow the WLD on Twitter or LinkedIn

Free webinar: What does disability inclusion look like in the new normal?

Join us and Legally Disabled on Monday 2 November, 12:30 – 14:00 to discuss the findings of the recent research into the impact of Covid-19 on the employment and training of disabled members of the legal profession.

This is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to better understand how to curate working practices, policies and environments which are inclusive and diverse. Book your place

Law Society Excellence Awards: 2020 winners

Over the last three nights, we celebrated the incredible work being done across our profession at our virtual #LawSocAwards ceremonies. 2020 has been an extremely challenging year and it’s important to recognise the immense contribution that solicitors make to society.

Congratulations to all our winners and those who were highly commended! You can view the full list of winners here

You can also see our full press release ‘well-deserved gongs for solicitors making a difference in challenging times‘.

Free Seminar: Fiona Woolf Lecture 2020

Our Fiona Woolf lecture will be held virtually this year, and shall take place on 19 November, 18:00-19:30.

The theme shall be Black Lives Matter, and our speakers include:

  • Stephanie Boyce – Vice president, the Law Society
  • Ariel White Tsimikalis – Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu – New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, writer, public speaker and political commentator
  • Sharon Blackman – Managing Director & GC, Citi bank
  • Dame Fiona Woolf DBE

Read more and register to attend here

Open Consultations

Welsh Government: Fire and rescue authorities becoming statutory consultees in the development management process – closing date 23 October 2020
Link to consultation
Policy Lead –

The Welsh Government is consulting on a proposal for FRAs to be statutory consultees at pre-and post-application stages of the planning process. This will mean that for certain types of development:

• developers will be required to consult the fire and rescue authorities prior to submitting their application.
• local planning authorities and the Welsh Ministers will be required to consult them to inform their consideration and determination of the application.
• the FRA will need to respond where the LPA chooses to consult further on applications for approval, consent or agreement relating to a planning application on which they were initially consulted.

The Planning and Environmental Law Committee will lead on our response.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning for the future – closing date 29 October 2020
Link to consultation
Policy Lead –

This White Paper proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

The Planning and Environmental Law Committee will lead on our response.

Crown Prosecution Service: Guideline on Pre-trial Therapy – closing date 30 October 2020
Link to consultation
Policy Lead –

This guideline concerns the provision of pre-trial therapy for complainants in the period before the trial has taken place. It raises issues as to the effect of such therapy on the trial and disclosure.  It replaces and combines earlier guidance the “Provision of Therapy for Child Witnesses Prior to a Criminal Trial” and the “Provision of Therapy for Vulnerable or Intimidated Adult Witnesses prior to a Criminal Trial”.

The Criminal Law Committee will lead on our response.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Transparency and competition – a call for evidence on data on land control – closing date 30 October 2020
Link to consultation
Policy Leads – &

This paper seeks views on proposals to require additional data from the beneficiaries of certain types of interests in land – rights of pre-emption, options and estate contracts. it covers:

1. Land ownership and control
2. Contractual controls and market failure
3. Contractual controls in the development context
4. Protecting interests
5. Proposals for reform

The Conveyancing and Land Law Committee will lead on our response.

If you have any questions in relation to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at London&