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

Junior Lawyers Division Leeds: Why not get involved?

2 July 2018 – Letter to the Prime Minister put together by the Professional & Business Services Council


Leeds Law Society supports the PBSC, lobbying government to agree the right deal with the EU to support professional services post Brexit.

The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on 2nd July 2018 and It will also be sent to other Cabinet Ministers and parliamentarians shortly. A copy of this can be found on the link below:

Media coverage of the letter can be found in:



Supporting members at every stage of their career

Some of our upcoming events are:

Junior Lawyer Division Forum – Helping you to secure a training position – 6 October, London
The Junior Lawyers Division is holding a free one-day skills event to assist LPC students and LPC graduates with their search for a training position.

Black History Month – Preparing students for the legal profession – 11 October 2018
This exciting event for undergraduates aims to cover all aspects of preparing for a career in the legal profession, including tips on increasing your chances of success, completing applications and interview techniques.

Black History Month Inspiration evening 2018
The annual Black History Month Inspiration evening brings together an impressive line up of inspiring lawyers. In a highly competitive profession which presents innumerable challenges we profile and celebrate lawyers who have faced and overcame obstacles on their professional journey.
Judicial appointments: interview training for solicitors – 15 October 2018 – Bristol

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this interactive course will equip delegates with the skills to help enhance your application and interview performance. This workshop has been developed specifically for solicitor applicants but the content is relevant for anyone serious about submitting a credible judicial application.

Supporting practice excellence

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is crowdfunding to help drive a greater use of tech and tools to help those in most in need of legal advice and support. They’re going to launch a pilot with partner Toynbee Hall supporting immigration issues but they need additional funds –

She writes: “Cuts to legal aid mean that fewer people are able to access legal advice or representation, and many people with legal problems don’t know where to turn. But you knew that. We think we have a potential solution, using the ground-breaking technology KIM, but we need your help.”

Mitigating risk for in-house lawyers, 19 September 2018 – Manchester
The role and approach of legal departments in identifying and managing risk is changing. With an increasing focus on the value proposition of the legal team within organisations, legal departments are having to be more strategic risk managers, gauging risk appetite to balance managing risk with creating value.

Small Firms Division annual conference 2018 – London
The Small Firms Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners. The Division’s flagship annual conferences will take place in London and Leeds, and will provide practitioners with a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.


National property law conference 2018

Changes in regulation, the increase of cyber-crime attacks and the uncertainty of the economy and property market are likely to affect the conveyancers and property practitioners in the next 12 months. This is the conference designed to give you the tools and support to help you overcome these difficulties.

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new learning and development regime, known as ‘Continuing Competence’.

The guidance has been issued in the form of frequently asked questions and has been prepared to help solicitors comply with the SRA’s new requirements.

Continuing Competence was introduced by the SRA in April 2015 to replace the existing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

Under the new system there is no requirement for solicitors to attend courses, or to complete a set number of CPD hours. Anything that is done to address learning needs can now count towards a solicitor’s continuing competence.

Solicitors in England and Wales can choose to move to the new scheme at any time, but all practitioners must have made the transition before 1 November 2016.

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