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REFORMING THE SOFT TISSUE INJURY (WHIPLASH) CLAIMS PROCESS

Kent Law Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on this issue.  To read the full response,

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NEXT STEPS FOR THE DEVOLUTION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - morning

Central Manchester

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TRIAL BACKLOG

22nd December 2016

'Please be advised, that in order to assist in reducing our trial backlog at Maidstone, Woolwich Crown Court have kindly agreed to deal with some of our S.51 sendings and committals for sentence from North & Central Kent Magistrates' Courts for all defendants with a DA home postcode. This will take effect from 16th January 2017 for an initial period of 3 months. These cases will bypass Maidstone and be sent directly to Woolwich.

All class 1 offences will remain at Maidstone.

If you have any issues or concerns regarding this proposed change, please do not hesitate to contact me.'

Zoe Critchley, Operations Manager, Kent Crown Courts

Mobile: 07776 180973

email - zoe.critchley@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Web: www.gov.uk/hmcts

TRIAL READINESS

7th November 2016

Preface: "each party must give active assistance ot the Court in fulfilling its duty to further the overriding objective by actively managing the case" - CPR rule 3.3(2)(b).

As part of the Court's case progression procedures, the Maidstone CPO, Mrs Clare Denham, now prepares and distributes a Trial Readiness Action Monitor ('TRAM') in the form of a spreadsheet.  This is emailed out to all parties on the Monday three weeks ahead of the day fixed for trial or first day of warned list.  It is in column form and should be completed by the recipients in their respective columns and promptly returned to the Court so as to show trial readiness or otherwise.  If a certificate of readiness has already been lodged by a party then the TRAM will say as much and nothing need be inserted in the TRAM by the party who has so certified.

The TRAM will not be sent out again prior to the trial date but if there is no response from a party (and no certificate of readiness has been lodged) then the case may be listed for mention re trial readiness at the end of the penultimate week before trial.

Since this is a relatively new initiative - one which is being adopted by numerous Crown Courts - I would be most grateful if the word could be spread among criminal litigators and advocates so that we achieve as good a take-up as possible.  If it works it should reduce the number of in-court case readiness hearings and calls to and from the Court office.

HH Judge Jeremy Carey

KENT LAW SOCIETY RESPONSE TO COURTS REFORM POLICY CONSULTATION

26th October 2016

This September the Ministry of Justice went to consultation on proposals entitled 'Transforming the Justice System'.  In summary, this relates to:

  • the creation of an online court, with an associated 'simplified procedural code'

  • greater use of Case Officers to take over some of the routine tasks undertaken by Judges

  • extending the fixed recoverable costs regime

  • extra emphasis on mediation or other ADR

  • attachment of earnings orders to be available in the High Court

Kent Law Society has responded to this consultation and its comments and replies can be viewed HERE

A I : HOW NEW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE LEGAL PRACTICE

Monday 23rd January 2017

Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury (room to be allocated)

The Critical Law Society and Kent Law School invite you to a lecture by Dr Tania Peitzker and lawyer Michael Khajeh-Noori. They will address how Artificial Intelligence and innovative software are transforming the way law graduates work now and in the future.

They will look at:

  • developments in the world of law over the last 10yrs
  • technological - AI, Bots, Automation, Legal Services Act 2007, Outsourcing
  • how cognitive computing is revolutionising the profession and at the same time enhancing the lawyer/client relationship.

Some real life examples will be explored.

The event is free, but please signify your intention to attend at this link.

Yorkshire Law Society history

'The Yorkshire Law Society 1786-2015 - A Personal Tribute' by Tony Lawton

Publication date November 2016 (Privately Published). Hardback i-xiv & 463 pp illustrated in b/w & colour

Available from Messrs Grays Solicitors, Duncombe Place York YO1 7DY (DX 61505 YORK 1) where the author may be contacted at FALawton@hotmail.com.  Author's notes.

Price £18 plus 50p to a DX address or £3.35 P&P (UK 2nd class). Specimen chapters can be browsed on the Society?s website www.yorkshirelawsociety.org.uk/member-news

WILL AID 2016

Will Aid 2016

Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best-loved charities.  Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will.  Instead, they invite their clients to make a donation to Will Aid.  Each year, thousands of people use the Will Aid scheme.  They not only gain peace of mind by writing their Will, they help fund life-changing charity work at the same time.

To register, go to http://willaid.org.uk/solicitors

For further information or materials please contact peter@willaid.org.uk or call 0300 0300 013


TIMES OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS FEATURES KLS PRESIDENT! (copyright ToTW)

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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"


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Will Aid 2016

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MARGA TUCKERMarga 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.)

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.

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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 ISSUE 2 2016

25th April 2016

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