LEEDS LAW SOCIETY: The voice for solicitors in Leeds

LLS is one of the most influential local law societies in the country and is part of the Joint V which also includes Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester.




Information, news and support for the legal profession in Leeds.

The Law Society

Women in the Law 2018 – The largest international survey conducted on the topic of women in the law

February 2018 Newsletter: the latest Law Society update for the North.

Junior Lawyers Division Leeds: Why not get involved?

Early advice campaign: write to your MP about reintroducing legal aid for early advice

Update from President of The Law Society: for local law society members: 12 February 2018
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LSB consultation on its 2018-2021 strategic plan and 2018/19 business plan Submission deadline 19/02/18

Default County Court Judgements – A consultation on ensuring the process works fairly, for both creditors and debtors: Submission deadline 21/02/18

SQE consultation: Looking to the Future – Notes from meeting with Julie Brannan, SRA on SQE consultation Read notes here– 6 November 2017
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Millennials and the Legal Profession

Voluntary code of recruitment for trainee solicitors: a recommended standard of good practice for employers, students and higher education careers advisers and faculty staff.

Generation Y’s focus on varied tasks and work-life balance isn’t about being work-shy; it’s about being flexible to get the best out of employees, explains Charlotte Parkinson to the Solicitor’s Journal – 7 August

New SQE: The way in which legal careers are planned and managed has been brought sharply into focus by the SRA’s SQE plans.  
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Solicitor Training Regulations

SRA Competency Approach

From 1 April 2015, the SRA’s traditional requirement that solicitors must obtain at least 16 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year was replaced by a new approach called the SRA Competency Approach.

This has to be adopted by all solicitors from 1 November 2016.
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LawCare promotes good mental health & wellbeing across the legal community & helps thousands of legal professionals cope with a range of issues.

SBA – The Solicitors Charity provides grants & interest-free loans, support with career transition & access to bespoke personal insolvency advice to those in serious financial need.

Wellbeing massages from Song & her Spa team.
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Bar Council & Chambers


Park Square Barristers, Leeds are running a series of Family Law seminars throughout 2018: 6 February; 17 April; 12 June; 4 September; 9 October and 11 December. View full details.

NECCBA (North East Circuit Commercial Bar Association) spring seminar  ‘Reading the Balance Sheet – Tips and Traps – the view of a forensic accountant.’ from 5:30 p.m.
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Activity Update for President and Directors

  • David Barraclough and David Cowgill attended the NE Circuit Annual Legal Service in York Minster
  • Bill Barton attended the Opening of the Legal Year ceremony in London
  • Charlotte Parkinson, Catie Woodward and Jo Dixon made a presentation to LPC students at Leeds Becket University; Sam Bell did the same at BPP University

BREAST CANCER HAVEN is the President’s chosen charity for 2017/18
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