LAW SOCIETY COUNCIL COMMITS TO ONGOING LOBBYING ON LEGAL AID PROPOSALS
11 December 2013 Law Society Press Release
LETTER FROM PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY, NICK FLUCK RE SGM
6th December 2013
KLS President Simon Franklin has received the attached letter from the Law Society President Nick Fluck, who has asked that this be circulated to members.
LETTER FROM IAN KELSEY RE SGM
4th December 2013
KLS Hon. Secretary Emma Palmer has received the attached letter to the profession from Ian Kelsey, a Bristol Criminal Law Practitioner and former Chair of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee.
The views expressed in this email are those of Mr Kelsey and do not necessarily reflect those of Kent Law Society.
CRIMINAL LEGAL AID - letter to and replies from MPs
Following the negotiations between the profession and the Government, which led to some concessions by the latter, we are now in a further period of consultation. Kent Law Society has written to all Kent's MPs to stress our continuing opposition to and serious concern about the reforms. The letter can be seen here - CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Replies have been received from the following MPs - please click the name to view.
MEETING WITH JONATHAN SMITHERS, IN ASHFORD, 5TH DECEMBER RE SGM
Earlier this week we emailed you to ask for expressions of interest in Kent Law Society hosting a meeting for our members to attend to hear from Deputy Vice-President, Jonathan Smithers, who is also the Council Member for Kent, about the forthcoming Law Society SGM.
There have been sufficient expressions of interest for a meeting to be held in Kent and it will take place on Thursday 5th December at 5.30 pm at:
Friends Quaker Meeting House, Albert Road (junction with Canterbury Road), Ashford, Kent TN24 8NY
For directions go to http://www.eastkentquakers.org.uk/ashfordmeeting.html
The purpose of this meeting is to enable our members to hear from an Official of Chancery Lane and to be better informed as to the purpose of this SGM and the wider implications. It is also hoped that Richard Atkinson, who is the Chair of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee, will be present.
If you wish to attend this meeting on 5th December, please can you RSVP our Administrator, Roger Cruttenden on email@example.com
I stress that this meeting is not restricted to Kent Law Society members. Other solicitors entitled to vote at the SGM are more than welcome to attend.
The actual SGM will be held on 17th December at 10.30 am at the Law Society's Hall, 113 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1PL.
Please note that it is not possible to vote by proxy at the SGM so, if you want to vote, you will have to be in the room on the day. Please note that this meeting is for members of the Law Society only. Before being admitted to the meeting, you will be asked to produce your membership card or some other appropriate photographic identification which will enable the Law Society to confirm your membership. For space planning purposes, it would assist the Law Society if you would let them know that you are planning to attend their meeting on 17th December. To do this please email SGMattendance@lawsociety.org.uk not later than 5.00 pm on Thursday 5th December 2013. (There is no need to tell them if you are not planning to attend).
With kind regards
Emma Palmer, Honorary Secretary
NOTICE GIVEN OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING ON TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
18th November 2013
Members of the Law Society should all have received notice of the Special General Meeting on Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 10.30 to be held at the Society's Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.
The meeting will consider a resolution of no confidence in the President and Chief Executive in relation to the Law Society's negotiations with the Lord Chancellor over criminal legal aid.
Ross Hutchison, Head of Governance at the Law Society, writes to the profession as follows.
"We have received a requisition for a Special General Meeting (SGM) to discuss a motion of no confidence in the President and the chief executive in relation to the Law Society's negotiations with the Lord Chancellor over criminal legal aid.
"I am now writing to let you know that the date and time of the SGM have been fixed by the Management Board as follows: 10:30 am on Tuesday 17 December 2013 in the Law Society's Hall, 113 Chancery Lane (unless numbers are such that the meeting needs to be moved, in which case the change in venue will be announced on the website).
"Our rules provide a window within which the SGM must be held - in this case not before 17 December and no later than 14 January. Management Board decided to hold the meeting at the first available date before the Lord Chancellor's decision is announced, if possible.
"The formal notice of the SGM, with the text of the motion, list of signatories, and statements (by those calling for the SGM, and by the Society), is attached for your reference. It will shortly be posted on the Law Society's website. The SGM is also being announced in Professional Update and in the Law Society Gazette.
"If you have any queries about the SGM process, please feel free to contact Ross Hutchison (Head of Governance: firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Browning (Governance team leader: email@example.com)."
For the full text of the notice, CLICK HERE
OPEN LETTER FROM JOHN WOTTON TO KLS MEMBERS
19th November 2013
This is an important matter and one which I hope very much that all members will consider carefully, for it concerns the principles on which the representative Law Society operates, not merely the wisdom of the Law Society in adopting a specific course in discussing with MoJ the future funding of criminal legal aid.
From my recent experience as President of the Law Society, two points stand out. The first is that the Law Society's ability to influence government in the interests of all parts of the profession depends crucially on its reputation for serving the public interest, avoiding alignment with any political party and having effective working relationships with ministers and officials, based on mutual confidence. I know that the Law Society has worked hard to rebuild these relationships, which were not functioning well in the aftermath of the unproductive and somewhat politicised "Sound off for Justice" campaign. Without these efforts, I am certain that the MoJ could not have been persuaded to adopt its new proposals which must, viewed objectively, represent a better outcome for criminal justice and criminal lawyers than those originally advanced, given the budget the government currently intends to allocate to criminal legal aid (however inadequate that may be). If the no confidence motion were to be passed, I have no doubt that these vital relationships would be undermined.
The second is that the discussions with MoJ have been handled by the Law Society in an entirely proper and constitutional manner. They have been endorsed by the Legal Affairs and Policy Board, which has responsibility for the Society's policy in all aspects of criminal and civil legal aid and to which the Society's policy committees, including that for criminal law, report. They have also been endorsed by the Council, the Society's elected governing body. I know from my own experience, furthermore, how extensively and thoroughly the Society consults with practitioners in formulating its policy in any area that affects their interests. To express a lack of confidence in the President and Chief Executive for their actions in these circumstances is to set at naught the constitution of the Law Society, which is designed to ensure that the office holders and staff act within a policy framework set by bodies which are representative of the profession as a whole, not by particular interest groups.
It is principally for these reasons that I intend to vote against the motion at the forthcoming special general meeting. If you think that my views, as a recent President of the Law Society, would be of interest to the committee or members of Kent Law Society, I am happy for them to be circulated.
CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITORS REQUISITION SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
6th November 2013
It is reported on the Legal Futures website this morning that "the campaign by a group of criminal law solicitors for a vote of no confidence in the Law Society's top officials stepped up a gear yesterday when a petition requisitioning a special general meeting (SGM) was handed in to Chancery Lane.
To read the full text of the article, CLICK HERE
RICS CONSUMER GUIDES
14th November 2013
RICS have announced the release of the 2013 editions of their consumer guide series. These guides are designed to give basic information and detail to the public on a wide variety of land, property and construction matters. The Land sectors are well catered for within the Neighbour Dispute consumer guide series, and the Boundaries and Party Walls Working Group have produced fresh guides on Boundaries, Party Walls and Rights to Light. A new guide on Compulsory Purchase orders (CPO) ? is due later this month. Further guides such as Subsidence, Home Extensions and Buying or Selling Property should also be of interest.
All RICS consumer guides can be downloaded from http://www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/more-services/consumer-guides/
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23rd January 2014 - 2.00 pm - 3 hours CPD
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This Kent Law Society training course is priced at £95 + VAT for members and £150 + VAT for non members. However, as a SPECIAL OFFER, one person from every firm with a KLS member can attend at a discounted rate of £25 + VAT if the booking is received before 31st December 2013.
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NON-CONTENTIOUS SEAT REQUIRED FOR TRAINEE
5th November 2013
A Kent firm with a trainee solicitor is unable to offer him a non-contentious seat, which would enable him to complete his training contract. The seat is needed for about 3-6 months and the firm would be willing to negotiate over the trainee's salary.
If any firm thinks it might be able to assist, please email Kent Law Society Administrator Roger Cruttenden.
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CAPITAL MARKETS IN THE 21ST CENTURY 2014
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CRIMINAL LEGAL AID CONSULTATION - RESPONSE BY THE LAW SOCIETY
Law Society Press Release 31st October 2013
The Law Society has welcomed the revisions to the Ministry of Justice's original Criminal Legal Aid proposals. However, it continues to have serious concerns around proposals for flat fees in magistrates' courts and the Crown Court and a single national fixed fee for police station work.
Law Society President Nicholas Fluck said: "We are confident that, with some modifications, the Ministry of Justice's proposals can ensure that anyone accused of a crime and unable to meet the costs of legal representation has access to a high-quality defence solicitor of their choosing.
Nick Fluck added: "The Law Society has secured significant changes to the original proposals having constructively engaged with the MoJ since April. Client choice has been retained, price competition has been shelved, the number of contracting areas has increased by 50 per cent, the timetable has been extended by nine months and a commitment has been given to award the maximum possible number of duty contracts compatible with viability as assessed by independent research.
CRIMINAL LEGAL AID CONSULTATION RESPONSE BY CLSA
CRIMINAL LEGAL AID - important update from The Law Society
21st October 2013
1. On 16 October, the Law Society Council resolved to:
1. Note and support the concessions and amendments to the Government's initial proposals that have been achieved via the Society's engagement with the MoJ.
The MoJ's original proposals
3.1. Complete removal of client choice - clients allocated to a duty solicitor and expected to remain with that solicitor for the duration of their case.
April - September: Law Society engagement and the MoJ's revised proposals
"We must consider how to achieve best value for money in the way we procure legal aid. We have already made clear our intention to introduce price competition in the criminal legal aid market."
5. Announcing the second consultation in September, he said:
"We have been involved in detailed negotiations with the Law Society. As a consequence of these discussions? we have designed a model that does not include the evaluation of tenders on price."
6. The Lord Chancellor's movement was the result of intensive and constructive engagement between the Society and the MoJ. Acknowledging - though not accepting - that there is at present no consensus in any political party to ring-fence legal aid spending the Society sought the best achievable alternative in the circumstances.
7. The Society presented an alternatives document and subsequently held discussions with the MoJ. The September consultation is the outcome of those discussions. It means:
7.1. Client choice retained - Clients free to choose their legal representative. All firms who meet a basic quality threshold able to undertake unlimited own client work in England and Wales.
The Society's action going forward
9. The Society will therefore seek further modifications to the consultation proposals to ensure that, as far as is possible, they are viable for criminal providers In particular, the Society will seek further modifications to the proposals to ensure that:
9.1. Decisions about contract size are made subject to the best available evidence - In order to ensure that the maximum number of contracts compatible with financial viability are awarded, the Society and MoJ have jointly commissioned Otterburn Consulting to research firm finances.
10. Provide practical advice and support for firms to adapt their businesses and, where appropriate, merge or form consortia - The Society's overriding objective is to create the conditions under which there are maximum possible opportunities for solicitors who wish to undertake criminal legal aid. The Society is therefore preparing a programme of work aimed at providing the practical support, advice and template documentation necessary to help firms through future challenges.
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE - RENEWAL SITUATION - OCTOBER 2013
Communication from Des Hudson, Chief Executive of The Law Society - 1st October 2013
"We are aware that a number of firms have yet to obtain professional indemnity insurance for the year beginning 1st October 2013. Precise numbers are unclear at the moment. However, it is important that those members of the profession effected should be aware of the options available.
Under the new rules, firms have an Extended Indemnity Period (EIP) of 30 days and a further 60 days in the Cessation Period (CP) if they are unable to obtain cover. This provides a further opportunity for firms to obtain insurance. If they fail to do so, firms will be restricted in the work that they can undertake and will need to move towards closure.
We understand that a number of insurers are still considering and accepting business. These are:
The Law Society is constantly monitoring the position and will update this list regularly. For further information about segments and types of firms that these insurers cover see the Law Society?s Insurers Guide.
Solicitors experiencing difficulties obtaining PII can also:
Solicitors without insurance will need to notify the SRA within five working days of entering both the EIP and CP. The address to contact is: InsuredReports@sra.org.uk.See Rule 17.3 of the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules: http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/indemnityins/part5/content.page and the SRA's notice to firms www.sra.org.uk/documents/solicitors/professional-indemnity-insurance-notification-sept2013.pdf
GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN ON KEY ELEMENTS OF CRIMINAL LEGAL AID PROPOSALS
5th September 2013
Price-competitive tendering is scrapped in revised plans published by the Justice Secretary today. Following a strong response by the profession, the judiciary, bar, charities and other parties, including 1600 formal replies to the consultation 'Transforming Legal Aid', and 'intensive' negotiations with the Law Society over the summer, there is now a new set of proposals and there is a new six week consultation entitled 'Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps'.
The new proposal is for two criminal contracts - one for own-client work and a second for contracts for duty solicitor slots. All solicitors who currently provide criminal legal aid work to their own clients will continue to be able to do so, as long as they meet minimum quality requirements. The Ministry is seeking views on the second tender for a limited number of contracts for duty solicitor work. Eligibility will be based on a capability and capacity assessment, with no element of price competition.
England and Wales will be split into 62 procurement areas based on the 42 criminal justice areas - London will be divided into nine and there will be special allocations for rural areas. The number of duty contracts to be awarded in each area will be assessed by an independent report commissioned by the Ministry and the Law Society. For the first time duty slots will be apportioned in equal shares to firms, rather than being based on the numbe of duty solicitors at the firm.
Fee cuts will be introduced in two stages - 8.75% in February 2014 and 8.75% in May 2015, when the new contracts begin. Those handling serious cases attracting very high costs will face 30% cuts, but interim payments will be introduced in long-running cases.
Prison Law will be removed from the scope of Legal Aid.
There will be a new threshold on Crown Court legal aid affecting defendents with annual disposable income of £37,500 and more than £3000 left in the bank each month. Advocacy fees in the Crown Court will face two options, one based on a revise to the ministry's proposals, and the other on a scheme put forward by the Bar Council, based on the CPS model.
Sir William Jeffrey will conduct an independent review of the future of criminal advocacy, reporting in six months time.
There will be a further consultation on the Government's plans to limit legal aid in Judicial Review cases.
In Civil Legal Aid cases, a new residency test will restrict availability of legal aid to those with a strong connection to the UK, there will be a need for at least a 50% chance of success before legal aid is granted, and experts fees in civil cases will be cut.
CRIMINAL LEGAL AID PROPOSALS - AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW
11th September 2013
The prospect that the Ministry has backed down at all is perhaps overstated and illusory unless our real goal was indeed to retain a semblance of client choice within a limited group of suppliers.
Could the Kent Law Society consider distancing itself from TLS on this issue and continue the fight against cuts in pay and to oppose this proposal in its entirely?
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SOCIETY URGES LORDS COMMITTEE TO HEAR EVIDENCE ON CIVIL LEGAL AID PROPOSALS
27th June 2013
In a letter to the chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, the Law Society president has set out serious concerns about the proposed changes to civil legal aid eligibility and scope. It has have urged the committee to consider how the proposals will infringe upon the basic right of access to justice.
RADIO KENT REPORTS IMPACT OF CUTS IN THANET & EAST KENT
20th June 2013
Kent Law Society Oliver Kirk was interviewed by Julia George on BBC Radio Kent in relation to the government's proposals to 'transform' legal aid, particularly in relation to Kent and Thanet.
KENT MPs REPLY TO KENT LAW SOCIETY RE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
11th June 2013
On 13th May the Hon. Secretary of the Kent Law Society wrote to all Kent's MPs on the subject of Access to Justice.
The following replies have been received to date.
SIGN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE E-PETITION NOW!
A message from the President of the Law Society - 6th June 2013
The present intentions of the Lord Chancellor on legal aid are wrong, unworkable and no basis upon which to run a criminal justice system. Quality representation for those charged/investigated with criminal offences would be sacrificed in the hunt for illusory savings. Choice of solicitor will not exist. Defendants would be allocated the next in line or through some other random system, without any thought of who would be the best person to help.
The proposals could result in closure of the great majority of the firms currently supplying these services as the proposals allow for as few as 38 contractors throughout England and Wales.
If the Government gets its way, this proposal could be slipped in through secondary legislation, with no opportunity for Parliament to debate such fundamental changes. In order to try to bring this matter before Parliament, petitions have been established to try to attract the necessary support to at least have the matter considered for Parliamentary debate. This petition is over two thirds the way there. If members, their staff, family, friends who have not already clicked on the link and signed the petition please encourage them to do so. Every signature is important.
Thank you for your support
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, President, The Law Society
RETIREMENT OF DISTRICT JUDGE EDWINA MILLWARD
At the recent Kent Law Society Dinner District Judge Edwina Millward was presented with a gift from the Society to mark her retirement from the Bench. Edwina is a long time and now honorary member of the Society. Speaking at the Dinner Edwina thanked all those present and other members of the Society for their generosity. She said that she had thoroughly enjoyed her time as a member and hoped to continue to support them in her retirement. She added that in all her years as a member she had only missed one Dinner and that due to recovery from an operation. The gift voucher will enable Edwina to add to her already impressive collection of Graham Clarke prints. We all wish her a long and happy retirement.
LAWCARE NEWS - SUMMER 2013
JUSTICE SELECT COMMITTEE TO HEAR EVIDENCE ON COMPETITIVE TENDERING
On 11th June the parliamentary committee will take written and oral evidence on the government's proposals for price-based competitive tendering of criminal legal aid services. Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff will be among those giving evidence. See Law Society press release.
CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITORS ASSOCIATION
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LAW SOCIETY SECURES MEETINGS WITH LORD CHANCELLOR FOR LEGAL AID PRACTITIONERS
Law Society Press Release dated 10 May 2013
GOVERNMENT PLANS TO REDUCE CRIMINAL LEGAL AID - WHY THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS US ALL
6th May 2013
3. Attend the various meetings being arranged and have your say. You may have attended the meeting arranged by Sara Williams from Hatten Wyatt in Gravesend on 7th May, but id you did not, then the Ministry of Justice is holding a Consultation Event in Brighton on the 8th of May titled Transforming Legal Aid. Details of this are to be found at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/3715478557
CRIMINAL LEGAL AID
30th April 2013
In her weekly report to the profession, Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff comments on the criminal legal aid competitive tendering proposals. You will find her full report on the Chancery Lane News page, but we repeat the paragraphs here and would urge members to follow the link to the Law Society website.
"Nearer to home, as most of you will be aware, some big changes are taking place on the criminal legal aid landscape. Almost the entire profession is united in opposition to the government's proposals for price competitive tendering. We are doing our best to support you, our members, in navigating the government's proposals.
All of my colleagues at the Law Society have been working hard this past week to consult with the profession and numerous stakeholders and I look forward to returning to join them in this fight. We have scheduled a number of free roadshows to give you an opportunity to hear about what we're doing in response to the government's proposals for competitive tendering. You can also comment on the proposals and let us know how your business will be affected. Please make sure you have your say - the more we hear from you, the stronger representation we will have with government on this issue."
KENT COUNCIL MEMBER JONATHAN SMITHERS TO BE NEXT DEPUTY VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY
16 April 2013 - Law Society Press Release
NEW LAW SOCIETY MODEL CFA FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
27th March 2013
Members specialising in PI work will be relieved to hear that the Law Society has published its new model Conditional Fee Agreement for Personal Injury Claims. You can examine and download this HERE. At the same link, the Law Society has published a downloadable Guide to CFAs.
The Kent Law Society team who have been pressing for this important document to be released, have not yet had a chance to check it through, but it is most important for members to see it now and form their own views on it, since it will be needed from 1st April 2013. Clients who enter a CFA on or after that date will have to pay the success fee and any after-the-event (ATE) premium from their damages.
The changes have been brought about by sections 44 and 46 of the Legal Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
NEW CONTACT DETAILS FOR HON. SECRETARY
17th April 2013
Please be aware that the Honorary Secretary, Emma Palmer, has now moved to Whitehead Monckton in their newly opened Canterbury Office. Please direct any Kent Law Society queries to:
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS EASED ON NON-MATERIAL BREACHES
SRA Issue Date: 15/03/2013
IMPLEMENTATION OF CIVIL JUSTICE COSTS AND FUNDING REFORMS
A reply has been received from MP Helen Grant to our letter set out below concerning the reforms - Click here to view
11th February 2013
The following letter has been sent on behalf of the Society to all Kent MPs.
"I am writing to inform you about the serious adverse consequences of the Government's unnecessarily rushed implementation of its civil justice reforms, and in particular of reductions in the fixed recoverable costs in road traffic accident claims.
"With less than ten weeks to go until the implementation of all of the Government's litigation costs and funding reforms many solicitors, including my own firm, are being faced with the near impossible task of business planning without full details of the changes being known. This is partly because the Government has not left enough time before 1st April 2013 implementation deadline to publish the necessary Regulations and Civil Procedure Rules.
"The fact that, at the same time, the Government is proposing to drastically reduce the fixed recoverable costs in the road traffic accident (RTA) claims portal, will mean that my firm and others, will face considerable difficulties in the future and may be forced to stop doing lower value personal injury work - reducing access to justice for legitimate accident victims and raising the prospect of a serious inequality of arms in personal injury cases.
"I would be grateful if you could raise the Society's concerns - which are shared by the National Law Society - with the Secretary of State for Justice at the next Justice Question time. In particular, could you ask the Secretary of State what steps he is taking to ensure that the rapid pace of reform does not have serious negative consequences for access to justice?
"I would be happy to provide further information if this would assist.
Trainee lawyers from northern France are looking for work experience of three or six months in Kent firms, during the period July 2013 to end of January 2014. Postgraduate students at the Ecole des Avocats in Lille, these trainees are within two years of qualifying as Avocat. Most of the trainees have already developed specialist skills and had previous experience working in French law firms, and the specialist skills can be matched with the specialist needs of the host firm.
As you will know, Kent Law Society has long fostered links with the Lille Bar, and this is one specific way in which we can assist our French counterpart. The benefit, however, is two way, and the injection of French law skills (and contacts) into an English practice can form a key aspect of practice development, particularly for a Kent firm.
I should add that there are possibilities for a swap of trainees, so that if you have trainee solicitors who would benefit from experience in a French firm, this could form part of an exchange arrangement.
If you or your firm would like to explore this further, please contact me in the first instance and I will put you in contact with the organisers.
Jon Pitt, President
11th January 2013
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