Regional Managment Team Update April 2020

Regional Management Team April Update

April 2020 Update From The Regional Management Team

The Regional Management Team ( North ) have now issued the April 2020 Update which is available by following this link : Relationship Management North Update April 2020

Or for ease of Reading we set it out below :


Update below on:

  • Relationship Management (RM) Team North Activity
  • Future Law Society Events – Update in light of Coronavirus
  • Law Society Policy Update
  • Other Law Society News - Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Members

RM Team North Activity

  • Deputy Vice President Meetings in the North – Manchester City Council

On 10 March Deputy Vice President, Stephanie Boyce met with the City Solicitor, the Deputy City Solicitor and other chief officers from Manchester City Council. The meeting was a positive introduction and included an interesting discussion on the importance of the profession in-house, D&I, social mobility and LawTech.

Future Law Society Events - Update in light of Coronavirus

The spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 is deeply concerning for us all. The Law Society takes the health and safety of its staff, members, clients and other visitors to its offices and events very seriously. In light of the increasing number of people affected by the virus and acknowledging the role we all have to play in limiting its impact, the Law Society has taken the decision to cancel all face to face events until the end of July 2020.

We are extremely grateful for the amount of work and incredible investment staff and members put into organising Law Society events. To ensure this is not wasted we are currently reviewing online alternatives including podcasts, webinars and live events. Your event organiser will be in contact with you soon to discuss the options available.

Anyone who has already registered and paid to attend an event will be contacted and provided with a full refund. Speakers and sponsors will also be contacted about alternative formats and ways to remain involved.

We do not know if events will be impacted beyond July 2020 nor how long the current situation will last. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will keep staff and members informed as more information comes to light.

If you have any queries please contact your event organiser or a member of the Relationship Management Team in the first instance.

Law Society Policy Update

  • Family Public Law Project - Pilot

The Family Public Law project, which is part of the wider HMCTS Reform Programme, is currently piloting a new digital system which will support efficient and effective inter-agency working so the service can be conducted digitally from start to finish.

HMCTS are currently opening the service up to all professional users nationally, through a phased roll out approach through to June 2020. As a part of this approach they want to ensure they are engaging directly with solicitors, local authorities and independent bodies. They have created a basecamp area (accessible once involved in the pilot) to provide a space which allows a ‘critical friend’ function, where feedback can be freely given to ensure this new service is useable for those who will be intending to use it.

As this service has been created with users in mind, alongside providing support as you navigate the new system, HMCTS hope to get your feedback on the service, and test ideas for additional services and approaches.

If you are interested in participating in this, or know of fellow solicitors/colleagues who would be interested, please contact [email protected]

  • Criminal Legal Aid Review Package – Summary of Law Society Response

The Law Society has outlined its concerns on the Ministry of Justice's proposed changes to the criminal legal aid fee schemes, as part of the Criminal Legal Aid Review. Details of the response are here:

  • Ongoing Competence – LSB Call for Evidence

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a call for evidence into ongoing competence in the legal profession. Ongoing competence is a key component for any profession, and the Law Society would like the profession’s initial views to shape its response, particularly in highlighting areas to focus on.

Please email your comments to: [email protected]

You can read more here:

Other Law Society News·       Coronavirus – Advice and Guidance for Law Society Members

We know members will have questions about the implications of COVID-19 for their clients, their businesses, their professional obligations, their own wellbeing and that of their employees.

We're keeping the coronavirus situation under review. Our online resources will be updated regularly to reflect the most recent guidance.

The Law Society has a dedicated webpage with advice and guidance for members here:

(See below on the separate webpage for residential conveyancers).

Please email the Relationship Management Team with your questions and details of  issues where you need more support and guidance

·       Coronavirus – Residential Conveyancers

The Law Society has received many questions from members about possible impacts of COVID 19 on conveyancing transactions. See our guidance here:

·       Budget 2020 – Law Society Press Release and Summary

Following the Spring 202 Budget, you can see the Law Society’s press release and budget summary here:

·       Social Mobility Ambassadors – 2020

The Law Society social mobility ambassadors scheme promotes role models from non-traditional backgrounds who have achieved their ambitions and are willing to support their peers within the profession and prospective solicitors. If you'd like to be an ambassador for 2020, submit your application by Friday 3 April.

Full details on how to apply are here:

·       Trainee Solicitors – New Recommended Minimum Salary

The Law Society recommends that providers of training contracts should pay their trainees £22,541 in London and £19,992 outside London.

See our press release and read more here:



·       Solicitor Brand Campaign 2020 – We need your helpDo you have a client who isn’t camera shy and who would be happy to promote the value of using a solicitor in our national advertising campaign? Or to share their story through video content?

If so, please see further details here of how to get involved in our solicitor brand campaign:

·       JLD Essay Competition - Is there a role for the legal profession in economic, social and governance (ESG) considerations?


If you are a solicitor apprentice, LPC student, LPC graduate or trainee solicitor, consider entering the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) annual essay competition 2020.The deadline is 17 April. For more details:


Relationship Management Team, North:

·        Jo McLeod, Head of Relationship Management, North

M - 07980 725573 E: [email protected]

·        Claire Quinn, Relationship Manager, North

M: 07580 977090 E: [email protected]

·        Catherine Carter, Relationship Management Executive, North

Mobile – 07812 675150 E: [email protected]

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