Law Society to Meet South Yorkshire Members – 20th January

Following on from its commitment at the SGM the National Law Society is to meet South Yorkshire Solicitors on 20th January .

The Law Society has issued the following information :

Dear Member,

Following this year’s consultations and the recent SGM, we recognise that some members have felt that their views have not been sought and heeded to the extent that they should have been. With this in mind, the office holders and Legal Aid team are keen to come and meet with as many members around the country to listen to views, discuss the concessions secured from the Government to date and agree the focus for our campaigns in the coming weeks as the Government prepares to announces its conclusions.


The context for this is clear.  Our Council issued a statement immediately following the SGM affirming our intention to increase engagement with members and restate our opposition to the Government’s plans.  We are doing just that and, in the coming weeks, we have planned to:


  • continue our campaign to win concessions on informal consortia, a vital concession in support of small, rural and BME firms


  • increase our activity to pursue concessions on flat fees in police stations and common fees irrespective of plea; the latter of which we regard as an affront to the rule of law


  • publicly reassert our opposition to cuts.


We want your input to help us get this right and to ensure your voice is heard.  With that in mind, The Law Society Vice President, Andrew Caplen and Richard Miller, Head of Legal Aid, will be in  Sheffield on Monday 20 January 2014 at 12 noon at Sheffield Law Society

Leeds on Monday 20 January 2014 at 4pm at Leeds Magistrates Court

They would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to hear your views.

If you are able to attend, please could you confirm by emailing, so that we can ensure that there is sufficient capacity at the venue. Please state clearly in the subject line of your email if you wish to attend the Sheffield or Leeds meeting.

We look forward to meeting you.

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