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Outstanding speakers and CPD relevant for SPs - BOOK SPG's Conference now!

Our 19th Annual Conference will be held from 16th – 18th May 2014 at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and promises to be a fun and informative weekend. Our welcome evening on Friday 16th May 2014 will be a hog roast buffet and barn dance.

The business programme will provide delegates with …

8th April 2014
Scam emails
A new email is going out, purporting to be from the Law Society.

The Law Society is warning firms to be vigilant after it was discovered solicitors were receiving scam (phishing) emails from an account claiming to be the Law Society.

They say:

Solicitors' firms have reported the …

19th March 2014
SPG Facilitate Will Search for its members and their clients
The Sole Practitioners Group are pleased to announce that in conjunction with Certainty, through an SPG dedicated portal www.certainty.org.uk/spg, our members can now access a national Will search service for registered and ‘unregistered’ Wills Finding a Will following a death is one of the first tasks people face. …
17th March 2014
Update on Criminal Legal Aid
Please note the London Road Shows on 13 and 14 March.

SPG Council Member, Lubna Shuja, asks you to feedback your views to the email from Law Society President, Nick Fluck.

Please see his email below.

"Dear Colleague

On Monday 3 March and Tuesday 4 …

11th March 2014
SPG response to the SRA CONSULTATION ‘TRAINING FOR TOMORROW: REGULATION REVIEW’

The SRA has produced a Policy Statement ‘Training for Tomorrow’ in response to the Legal Education Training Review Report published in July 2013. To read the policy statement in full please click here.

It maps out how the SRA intend adapting the education and training regime for practising and …

28th February 2014
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: BOOK NOW FOR THE SPG 19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 16TH-18TH MAY 2014 PORTSMOUTH

Dear Member

Welcome to the SPG newletter, which brings you the latest information about the work of SPG and forthcoming events.

BOOK NOW FOR THE SPG 19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 16TH-18TH MAY 2014 PORTSMOUTH

Our 19th Annual Conference will be held from 16th – 18th May 2014 at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and …

28th February 2014
Criminal Legal Aid cuts confirmed
URGENT LAW SOCIETY PRESENTATIONS ON CHANGES TO CRIMINAL LEGAL AID ANNOUNCED BY MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

The Law Society are hosting two presentations on 3rd and 4th March 2014 from 5pm – 7pm, presented by Richard Miller, Law Society Head of Legal Aid, to deal with the Law Society’s position and where they expect things to go from here. If you wish to attend you …

28th February 2014
Training for Tomorrow events: A new approach to continuing competency
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is launching its second round of Training for Tomorrow 2014 stakeholder engagement roadshows in Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, London and Liverpool, and a webinar in March.

The events will provide information and an opportunity to discuss the SRA’s proposals for reforming the current approach to …
25th February 2014
Beware of scam email "from SRA"
Solicitors' firms are reporting that they have received email messages from the SRA, some of which refer to pending investigations. These have been sent from an email account that does not end in @sra.org.uk.

These messages do not originate from the SRA.

The SRA say it is …

25th February 2014
SPG 19th Annual Conference 16th – 18th May 2014 Portsmouth
Dear Member,

SPG is pleased to announce that our 19th Annual Conference will be held this year from 16th – 18th May 2014 at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel. The Conference will begin, as always, with a relaxing welcome evening on Friday 16th May 2014. This year, we will be …
11th February 2014
SRA Consultation Paper: Deadline Friday 7th February 2014
The SRA are inviting views on a proposal to increase the current level of their fining powers for 'traditional' law firms from their current level of £2,000 potentially to £100,000.

SPG will be putting a response to this. We do try to respond to all Consultations that do …

28th January 2014
31st January 2014 - Deadline for SRA Diversity Info
It is compulsory to submit the results of your Diversity Survey by the end of this month.

You can do this by going to MySRA to enter the details for your firm, having asked your staff the various questions (that includes secretarial support and any consultants for these …

14th January 2014
"No confidence" motion passed at Law Society
The Gazette reported on today's SGM. The vote of no confidence was carried, though currently there are no plans for a ballot of the whole profession. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/5039204.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ171213
17th December 2013
Law Society’s Special General Meeting
From the Chief Executive

Dear Member

Special General Meeting

I hereby give you notice under Bye-Law 23(1) that a Special General Meeting of the members of the Law Society will be held at the Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL (or, if required, such alternative …
21st November 2013
Consultancy Agreements and the SRA
Further to a few queries on Consultancy arrangements on our LinkedIn forum, Karen Purdy of SPG has today spoken with John Whitehouse at the SRA.

"The general guidance on these issues is set out in the SRA Framework Practice Rules 2011 and Freedom of Practice.

Firstly there …

15th November 2013
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