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SRA 'LOOKING TO THE FUTURE' CONSULTATION

15th July 2016

This major consultation was released on 1st June and the Law Society has now produced a briefing for members to help them consider the implications of the proposed changes.  The Law Society intends to run a number of events, briefings and discussions with local law societies, in order to gather opinions and evidence about the possible impact of these proposals.

Kent Law Society members are encouraged to consider the implications of the changes and feed back their views.  This feedback can be given direct to the Law Society by emailing to regulation@lawsociety.org.uk, or by responding to the SRA Consultation directly.

Local Law Societies, including Kent Law Society, will be looking at this with a view to making their own representations, so in addition, or alternatively, members may wish to pass their views on to KLS committee members.

The Law Society has produced a briefing for members on the consultation.  This can be accessedHERE.  There will also be a FREE WEBINAR on the consultation on 3rd August 2016.  Further details of this can be found HERE

FOR MEMBERS IN KENT, THERE WILL BE A BREAKFAST ROADSHOW ON 7TH SEPTEMBER, PROBABLY IN MAIDSTONE.  DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

BREXIT

The Law Society will be hosting a round table event on Brexit on 13th September.  Details to follow.

OTHER FUTURE EVENTS

The Law Society is looking into running events in the County for In-House Lawyers and for Newly Qualified Solicitors.  Details of these events will be published in due course.

MARGA TUCKER

13th July 2016

It is sad to report the passing of Marga Tucker.  Marga was a long and loyal supporter of Kent Law Society.  She regularly attended the Keith Tucker Memorial Lecture at the University of Kent which was established following the premature death of her husband Keith, a former Secretary and long time member of Kent Law Society. Many of our members would have met Marga at the Lecture. Marga will be sadly missed. Further details will be circulated in due course.

Roger Cruttenden, Administrator

(Marga Tucker is shown on the left in this picture, taken at the 2015 Lecture.)

Marga Tucker

KENT LAW SOCIETY MEETS HELEN GRANT MP

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.

SCMA NEWSLETTER JUNE 2016

10th June 2016

For the latest newsletter from the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, click the logo.

SCMA

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.

LAWCARE NEWS ISSUE 2 2016

25th April 2016

For the latest copy of LawCare News, click the logo.


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MANAGING LEGACIES ON BEHALF OF CLIENTS

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.

LAWCARE NEWS - SPRING 2016

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

DAVID CADDICK HHJ

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.

 

THE GREAT MAGNA CARTA MOOT ATTRACTS LOCAL INTEREST

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.

NEW SPONSORS FOR KLSJLT Logo

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.


"IN THE SHADOWS: RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH BOGUS FIRMSBogus Firms - SRA Report"

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.

LIBERTAS PROJECT

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 donna@paynes-solicitors.com



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