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SRA Handbook consultation: Will you have a say about the future of your profession?

Deadline for responses - 21 September 2016 - approaching fast!

The SRA is proposing to radically simplfy your Handbook, including:

  • Two separate Codes of Conduct - one for solicitors and another for regulated entities

  • Reducingt the existing ten principles in the code down to six

  • Permitting solicitors to deliver non reserved legal services to the public from organisations that are not regulated by the SRA or any other legal services regulator

The implication of these proposals could have far reaching consequences for your practice and your profession.  The Law Society has produced a briefing and six distinct case studies to support members of the profession to assess the implications of the proposed changes - available HERE.

SRA HANDBOOK CONSULTATION: MAIDSTONE ROADSHOW

7th September 2016 - 8.00 am to 9.30 am

(Refreshments served from 7.45 am)

Mercure Hotel (Great Danes), Hollingbourne, Maidstone

The Law Society would like to invite you to an event hosted by Joe Egan - Law Society Vice President, to discuss the consultation.  The event will provide an overview of the proposals and give an opportunity for members to assess and discuss the implications of the proposed changes.

To receive your event pack and pass, please RSVP to events-lsee@lawsociety.org.uk

LAW SOCIETY - CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION AUTUMN CONFERENCE - 'VISION AND PRACTICE'

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 14.30 to 17.50 followed by drinks reception

113 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1PL

Advance notice of this conference for Civil Litigators.  Please CLICK HERE for the Programme and Booking Form.  You may also book on the Law Society Events Page in the Civil Litigation section.

There is also an opportunity for firms to advertise at the event with a table or exhibition stand.  CLICK HERE for the application form and further details.

Will Aid 2016

WESTMINSTER POLICY FORUM 2017 SEMINAR

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Central London

Advance notice of this major seminar, which is on the subject"Innovation and the business of law: technology, regulation, client services and new business models"

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAMME

REGISTER NOW!

HONORARY Q C AWARDS - A message from the President of the Law Society

29th July 2016

Dear Colleague,

The Ministry of Justice is launching the 2016/17 round of Queen's Counsel honoris causa (honorary silk) awards by inviting nominations. All practitioners and members of the public are free to make nominations direct to the Ministry of Justice.

In addition, the Law Society is participating in this process, as in previous years, by seeking to make nominations itself of members of the Law Society (solicitors). The office holders are securing coverage for the Law Society's role as nominator by means of publicity in Professional Update, online Gazette and the Law Society website inviting nominations. We will also be alerting local law societies. To that end, we are inviting people to nominate themselves, or others, to us. The office holders will then select those who will go forward as nominees of the Law Society. We are seeking the highest quality members of our profession for nomination.

The way in which to make a nomination for this process is by providing basic personal details of the nominee (or yourself) and the following:

  • Legal qualifications and legal experience to date

  • What significant contribution have they made to the law in England and Wales other than in Court

  • Their major contribution - beyond what might normally  be expected  for someone in their position

  • Why you think this person should be nominated by the Law Society as an honorary QC

Please do this by downloading and completing a copy of the standard nomination form which you can find on the Ministry of Justice website at the link below. Please then send your completed form to appointments2016@lawsociety.org.uk to arrive no later than 7 September 2016 if you wish your nomination to be considered by the Law Society for submission to the Ministry of Justice. Nomination by the Law Society is subject to our own internal discernment process and is, of course, no guarantee of ultimate success in the competition. As mentioned above, you are free to nominate yourselves or anyone you wish direct to the Ministry of Justice in any event.

Further details about the honorary QC process can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/honorary-qc-nominations-deadline-21-september-2016

With kind regards,

Robert

Robert Bourns

President

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL   t: 020 7320 5808 f: 020 7320 5759 www.lawsociety.org.uk

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

PROPOSED SRA HANDBOOK CHANGES WILL HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SOLICITOR PROFESSION AND ITS CLIENTS SAYS THE LAW SOCIETY

Law Society Press Release 8th July 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) proposals for changes to their handbook for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients with less protection and could result in a two-tier solicitor profession, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

Chief executive Catherine Dixon said:

'The SRA proposals will enable solicitors to work for unregulated entities providing unreserved legal activities to the public. This has serious implications for client protection, legal professional privilege, professional supervision, competition and the standing of the solicitor profession.

'The proposals could result in two tiers of solicitors - those working in a regulated entity and those who are not - with different rules and protections applying to clients, depending on where the solicitor is working.

'Advice from solicitors in unregulated entities may not be legally privileged, which means that the ability of the client to be candid with their solicitor without the risk that this information will be shared, may be lost. If part of the solicitor profession is unable to give legally privileged advice, this is a slippery slope which could erode legal privilege, a cornerstone of the justice system, and undermine the standing of the solicitor profession both at home and abroad.

'Also, solicitors working in unregulated entities may not be required to have professional indemnity insurance and may not be subject to the same conflict rules. Their clients may not have access to the compensation fund or the Legal Ombudsman.

'We are concerned that this will put clients at risk as they simply won't know what protection they are getting when they instruct a solicitor.

'Changes to supervision requirements would mean that newly qualified solicitors with no experience would be able to set up their own unregulated firms. Newly qualified solicitors generally welcome the support and guidance from more experienced solicitors. If that's not available it could place clients at risk, as well as risking the standing of the solicitor profession.

'Also because the regulatory burden on solicitors working in regulated entities will be higher than on those who are not, this could result in unfair competition between providers of legal services which is not in the public interest.'

The SRA's consultation Looking to the Future has a deadline for response by 21 September. Over the summer, the Law Society will be conducting a wide-ranging dialogue with solicitors through events, briefings and discussions with local law societies, as it seeks to gather opinions and evidence about the possible impact of these proposals.

Catherine Dixon continued:

'We want to hear from as many people as possible - face-to-face, by email and in response to surveys and other activities we are planning. We will be submitting a full and evidence-based response to the consultation and urge the profession to consider the implications of the proposed changes and get in touch.'

Solicitors wanting to give feedback will be able to email us on regulation@lawsociety.org.uk

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

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 ISSUE 2 2016

25th April 2016

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


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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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