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The Executive Committee has completed a review of the categories of LPMA membership and has decided upon a new structure which the Committee believes better suits the aims of the LPMA and the needs of its members.  The full description of each category is given further below, but the structure is in outline:

Full Members will be, or report directly to, a member of the Management Team in the organisation and have lead or substantial management responsibility in one or more of a number of functional areas. (All current Full Members will remain in this category.)

Associate Members will be already in a role that has some functional responsibility and who aspire to, but have yet to achieve, the level of management responsibility required of Full Members.  (Any current individual Associate Member who satisfies the criteria will remain in this category.) Associate Membership is also suitable for those employed in management roles by the legal sector’s principal representative and regulatory bodies.

Corporate Members will be organisations providing services of interest to chambers, solicitors’ firms or legal practice managers.  (Such organisations who currently have individuals enrolled as Associate Members will be automatically transferred to Corporate Membership, with that individual noted as the initial point of contact.)

Casual Members will be those working in the legal sector, or in a related sector, who wish to attend a specific event.

Membership in any category is conferred or removed at the sole discretion of the Executive Committee.  Links to register for each type of membership are shown below in the detailed terms.


Detailed Terms of Membership

 

FULL MEMBERSHIP

Full membership of the LPMA is open to those individuals who work exclusively, in an employed or self-employed capacity, for a set of chambers or a solicitors’ firm and whose primary responsibilities are the management and/or development of the practice. Members can be engaged with the set or firm on a full-time or part-time basis but those operating on a consultancy or interim basis must be engaged exclusively by one set or firm and on a contract of at least six months’ duration. Full membership is also appropriate for solicitors or barristers who spend more than 60% of their time in a practice-management role.

Full Members are expected to be, or report directly to, a member of the Management Team in the organisation and have lead or substantial management responsibility in one or more of the following areas:

  • Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Client care/client relationship management
  • Compliance/quality assurance
  • Finance/accounting
  • Clerking
  • Practice development
  • HR
  • IT, facilities, administration or other operations management

Full Members and Associate Members are entitled to attend any LPMA event.  Regular lunchtime seminars are free to Full Members and Associate Members.  Most seminars will be suitable for both Full Members and Associate Members, although very occasionally the subject may be aimed more specifically towards one or the other.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Conference.  There will be a registration fee for the conference, other than for those Full Members and Associate Members whose principal place of work is outside the M25, for whom registration is free.

Full Members and Associate Members may attend the AGM, although only Full Members are entitled to vote.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Summer Drinks party, which will usually be free of charge, and any other social events which may be arranged, for which there may be a charge.

All Members will receive email communications about LPMA events, services and information, and occasional notification of vacancies within the sector.

The subscription for Full Members is currently £50 on joining and £50 per calendar year (1 Jan to 31 Dec) thereafter.

Registration and payment must be completed online.  Please follow the link below. 

    

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate Membership is open to those individuals who work exclusively, in an employed or self-employed capacity, for a set of chambers or a solicitors’ firm and are already in a role that has some responsibility in the areas described above for Full Members and who aspire to, but have yet to achieve, the level of management responsibility required of Full Members.  Associate Membership is also open to employees in management roles in the Bar Council, the Bar Standards Board, the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Services Board.

Associate Members and Full Members are entitled to attend any LPMA event.  Regular lunchtime seminars are free to Full Members and Associate Members.  Most seminars will be suitable for both Full Members and Associate Members, although very occasionally the subject may be aimed more specifically towards one or the other.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Conference.  There will be a registration fee for the conference, other than for those Full Members and Associate Members whose principal place of work is outside the M25, for whom registration is free.

Associate Members and Full Members may attend the AGM, although only Full Members are entitled to vote.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Summer Drinks party, which will usually be free of charge, and any other social events which may be arranged, for which there may be a charge.

All Members will receive email communications about LPMA events, services and information, and occasional notification of vacancies within the sector.

The subscription for Associate Members is 50% of that for Full Members, currently £25 on joining and £25 per calendar year (1 Jan to 31 Dec) thereafter.

Registration and payment must be completed online.  Please follow the link below. 

    

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Corporate Membership is open to organisations providing services of interest to chambers, solicitors’ firms or legal practice managers.

Corporate Members are not entitled to attend regular lunchtime seminars but are able to bid for sponsorship of specific seminars that are offered for sponsorship, and are entitled to send representatives to and provide promotional material for seminars that they sponsor.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Conference.  Corporate Members will be entitled to send two representatives. There will be a registration fee for each delegate to the conference.

Corporate Members may not attend the AGM.

All Members are entitled to attend the Annual Summer Drinks party, which will usually be free of charge, and any other social events which may be arranged, for which there may be a charge.  Corporate Members will be entitled to send two representatives to any such event.

All Members will receive email communications about LPMA events, services and information, and occasional notification of vacancies within the sector.

The subscription for Corporate Membership is currently £250 on joining and £250 per calendar year (1 Jan to 31 Dec) thereafter. (Those who have already renewed subscriptions for 2019 as Associate Members will be reclassified as Corporate Members with no further charge for 2019; those who have not yet renewed their subscription and new registrants will be charged at the new rate.)

Registration and payment must be completed online.  Please follow the link below. 

    

CASUAL MEMBERSHIP

Casual Membership is open, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, to those working in the legal sector, or in a related sector, who wish to attend a specific event that is advertised as being open to casual members.  Casual membership lasts only for the duration of the specific event, is liable to a fee determined for that event and confers no other entitlement of membership.

Registration and payment must be completed online.  Please follow the link below.  

    

CHANGES IN CIRCUMSTANCES

If a member ceases to meet the criteria for membership (for example, by an individual leaving relevant employment or a company ceasing to trade in a relevant sector), membership of the LPMA will cease forthwith; there will be no refund of subscription made. 

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