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Law Society shakeup announced

23rd July 2012

The association that represents solicitors throughout England and Wales, the Law Society, has announced both a revamp of its Holborn offices and a rise in its practising certificate fees.

The historic association, which was founded in 1825 and offers support to both established professionals and those newly qualified who have gone through legal recruitment agencies in London and elsewhere, has begun talks with Camden Council about their proposed improvements, which were given approval in November of last year.

This long-awaited renovation has coincided with an increase from £328 to £344 for members’ practising charges, although officials from the body say that these two moves are unrelated and that money for the building improvements had already been put aside. There is not expected to be a negative reaction from many lawyers, as the small rise has followed what was a fee reduction of almost 25 per cent last year.

Desmond Hudson, the Law Society’s chief executive, explained that the pricing change was the result of a need to build up funding reserves after the completion of several costly IT projects.