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26th May 2016

Following the very successful High Sheriff event in January, representatives of KLS met Helen Grant MP (Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald) on 20th May to discuss our many concerns about the changes affecting our profession and our clients.  We are delighted to report that Helen now wants to arrange for us to meet other Kent MPs and Shailesh Vara to take these issues further.  Please CLICK HERE for a very précised note on the topics we discussed. If you have any other concerns you would like us to raise please contact one of the Officers.

Law Society Excellence Awards

Last call for entries! Don't miss your opportunity to celebrate the year's very best work. You have just two weeks left to make your nominations for this year's Law Society Excellence Awards. In-house categories include:

Excellence In-house Award This new award celebrates outstanding achievement by an in-house team. The winning team will be able to demonstrate how they have applied their unique blend of legal and other skills, such as leadership or innovation, to the benefit of the legal function and their rganisation.

Solicitor of the Year - In-house Do you know an exceptional in-house solicitor? Why not celebrate their outstanding achievements by nominating them for the Law Society's Solicitor of the Year - In-house Award. We are looking for an inspirational practitioner who has applied their unique blend of skills to the benefit of their legal team and the overall organisation.

There are 17 individual and team awards to be won - please make your nominations today.  Remember - nominations close on Friday 27 May 2016.


25th April 2016

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Dover Rotary Club event


1st March 2016

Carol Lynch, CEO of Kent Community Foundation has provided an interesting article for KLS members on this subject.  She explains how Kent Community Foundation can help provide grant-making expertise to solicitors who are tasked with dealing with charitable legacies.

CLICK HERE to read the article.


The latest LawCare News is available by clicking HERE. It contains

  • a review of "A Lawyers Guide to Wellbeing and Managing Stress" by Angus Lyon.
  • LawCare 2015 Statistics.
  • A plea for venues for LawCare training and meetings
  • An advance call for London Legal Walk
  • A thankyou for recent donations


We are sorry to report the death of David Caddick HHJ on Friday 9th December, after a long illness.

David was articled and qualified at Gullands, Maidstone and became a partner there. In 1987 he became a District Judge at Medway County Court and was elevated to the position of Circuit Judge.  He retired in recent years but continued to sit from time to time as a Deputy Circuit Judge.

There will be a memorial service at St Bartholemew's church, Otford, on Wednesday 23rd December at 2.00 pm, to which his former colleagues in the profession would be welcome.

Our thoughts are with Susan and his family at this time.



19th August 2015

The purpose of the exercise
The Legal Services Board is carrying out a review of the legal services regulators' performance against our regulatory standards framework (see attached). The purpose of this work is to assess how well the regulators:

  • deliver an outcomes based approach to regulation that creates benefits for consumers
  • understand the risks to consumers presented by the market and address them through their work
  • supervise the regulated community at an individual and an entity level to mitigate risk
  • manage their enforcement function
  • lead their organisations to ensure that they have the capacity and capability to achieve the four bullet points above.

We consider that the effective implementation of all of the above will result in a regulatory regime that delivers efficient and appropriate regulation for practitioners while ensuring that the public and consumers are protected from unacceptable levels of risk. Further information on this and previous exercises can be found here: Projects - Legal Services Board - Developing regulatory standards

Your views
With the regulatory standards framework in mind, we would like to know about your recent experiences with the SRA, in particular:

  • How often do you contact the SRA and for what purposes eg do you call the professional ethics helpline or have you used the new call back service for small firms aimed at helping them with regulatory issues and compliance?
  • Thinking about your recent contacts with the SRA, what do you consider went well and what could be improved upon?

Other matters
We also wanted to reiterate that we will share with the SRA a summary of the views given to us and that they came from members of the Kent Law Society but we will not attribute comments to named individuals. The purpose in sharing the information with the legal services regulators is so we can give them an opportunity to respond to any points raised. We also note that as we are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998, we would have to consider any request received for the note of this meeting carefully and decisions on disclosure of information would be made on a case by case basis. We ask that you are mindful of this.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your views with us. If you would like to discuss this email with a member of the project team, please contact

Kind regards

Emma Kelly-Dempster and Karen Marchant
Project Managers


10th July 2015

Honorary Secretary, Emma Palmer, and SPC member, Robert Ryder, were among those invited to our Council Member, Jonathan Smithers's, inaugural speech and dinner, on a warm summer evening last Thursday 9th July at Chancery Lane. Despite a tube strike that day, the reading room was packed as those present listened to Jonathan setting out his themes for the year ahead which included championing the role of the profession in protecting the rule of law, protecting fairness and highlighting the importance of access to justice and promoting solicitors' expertise in conveyancing and land law.

Afterwards Emma and Robert joined Jonathan and a select number of other private guests to enjoy a private dinner where Jonathan thanked Kent Law Society in particular for its support of him over many years.

To have our Council Member as President of the Law Society is a great honour and all Kent Law Society members no doubt wish Jonathan every success in the coming year.

To see more, including a short film clip, please click HERE

Read Jonathan's inaugural speech HERE

Read his Blog post: The year ahead - Jonathan talks about his priorities


11th June 2015

Meridian has featured the KLS Magna Carta Moot, which took place last Thursday at Sutton Vallence School, on its News Website.  CLICK HERE to view.


Kent Law Society is delighted to announce a sponsorship agreement for 2015/16 with JLT Specialty, one of the UK's leading insurance brokers.

Their Solicitors PI team is one of the most experienced in the insurance market, arranging PI insurance for hundreds of law firms across the country.

President Deborah Hatton and the Committee are grateful for this generous support from JLT Specialty, which enables KLS to continue to offer ever increasing levels of support and service to all our members across Kent.


9th January 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority have produced a detailed paper on the subject of bogus firms.  This paper highlights the risks posed by individuals that operate through bogus law firms or by illegally presenting themselves as solicitors.

This term describes any situation where a firm or individual, that is not regulated by us, pretends to be entitled to provide reserved legal activities or call themselves a solicitor. There are criminal offences associated with this behaviour.


KLS member and domestic abuse specialist Donna Payne is organising a group project for women entitled 'Libertas - Liberty and Justice: a Project for Women and Children: Life after Abuse."  This will be a twelve week programme based in Walmer, Deal, starting in January, on Tuesday evenings 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

If any KLS members have clients who could benefit from this, please contact Donna as soon as possible.

There will be no charge for participants, but there will be no creche facilities.  It is planned that Donna's organisation CorDomus will continue to run a FREEDOM programme in the mornings from January to April, and that the two programmes can run in parallel in future if the format is successful.

CLICK HERE for the Libertas Introduction Sheet for Referrers

CLICK HERE for the Libertas Group Referral Form

Contact Donna Payne at

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