KENT LAW SOCIETY AGM AND DINNER
Friday 16th May 2014
Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone ME17 1RE Directions and Map
3.30 pm The 196th Annual General Meeting of the Society. the meeting will be addressed by Jonathan Smithers, the Deputy Vice-President of the Law Society.
7.30 pm for 8.00 pm Annual Dinner. Black Tie. Kindly sponsored by Duncan Lawrie Private Banking.
Guest Speakers: Edwina Millward, former President of the Association of Her Majesty's District Judges, - and - Nick Butcher, Solicitor by day - Comedian by night!
Including the inaugural Kent Law Society Awards. Kindly sponsored by McBrides Chartered Accountants.
Dinner price: Full Members £45, Trainee Members £22.50.
CLICK HERE FOR FLYER AND BOOKING FORM. Don't forget : if you attend the AGM, you can attend the Dinner free of charge!!
KENT LAW SOCIETY SUMMER COURSES
Please see the summer course programme now posted on the Training Page of this website.
There is a SPECIAL OFFER for those who book Geoff Dearing's Risk Management Course on Tuesday 10th June ! One person from every firm with a KLS member can attend at a discounted rate of £25 + VAT if the booking is received before 30th April 2014.
Please also note the all day Residential Property Conference on the 22nd of May.
7th March 2014
LENDER EXCHANGE UPDATE
3rd March 2014
Briefing to Members from the Chief Executive of the Law Society
I wanted to update you again regarding the developments with Santander and Lender Exchange.
Following correspondence with Santander and internal discussions we have identified a number of issues that we remain concerned about; in particular the requirement to agree that information can be passed to affiliates/group companies of Decision First. We will continue to raise these concerns with Santander and also have an urgent meeting with Decision First, taking place this week.
Understandably some members may remain cautious about agreeing that the data they have supplied to the data collection company previously used by Santander can be transferred elsewhere. Equally members do not want to put at risk their panel membership. The decision regarding the system is for individual firms and the Law Society will do its best to investigate, monitor and provide as much information as possible for firms to make an informed decision.
I know that there are those who may try to use these developments to undermine the success of CQS. I think it is important to remember that CQS was about both probity and quality; improving standards for clients. This remains the case and our commitment to continuing to support our firms and improve the conveyancing process for all involved is underlined by our plans to develop a Conveyancing Portal - an on-line interactive forum wherein conveyancing professionals can communicate with each other, conduct due diligence on clients and other parties and which facilitates the conveyance of residential property via established protocols. The development of the Conveyancing Portal, which was announced at the Property Section Conference in October 2013, and has now been approved by the Society's governing body, will evolve the concept behind CQS from a scheme based around a firm based quality mark, to a facilitative system, that embeds the CQS process and protocols within an online environment. The Portal will increase efficiency and reduce cost within the conveyancing process for each individual transaction. Our plan is that members will be invited to participate in a pilot of the Portal later this year.
It is also worth noting that Santander still retain the requirement for CQS as a pre-requisite for panel membership, as do some other lenders including HSBC.
LEGAL AID ROADSHOW COMES TO MAIDSTONE!
5:30 p.m. 12th March 2014
The above is one of a number of roadshows being presented by the Law Society concerning legal aid.
IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND YOU MUST REGISTER AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFOREHAND. YOU CAN DO SO BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
For more on Criminal Legal Aid, CLICK HERE
SYMPOSIUM OF SPORT LAW at Mundiavocat 2014
Call for speakers
"During the last MUNDIAVOCAT in Rovinj in 2012, we had established for the 1st time a Sport Law Symposium in which 3 presentations were made, with about 30 people in the assistance:
"We wish to renew this experience and then we are making a call for speakers! If you wish to participate to this Symposium please submit your theme by email to email@example.com attaching an abstract of the presentation.
"All fields of sport law are concerned: juridiction of sport clubs, naming, players' contracts, etc.
Thank you for your contribution!
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SKILLSFEST - AYLESFORD SCHOOL
6th March 2014 - 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
As you know at Kent Law Society we often try to support future lawyers by attending careers? events and fairs at our local schools. These events are always great fun and the feedback is very complimentary. The next such event is at Aylesford School, Teapot Lane, Aylesford ME20 7JU - 9:00a,m. to 3:00p.m.
I am seeking volunteers please to help man the stand. Our Past President, Jon Pitt, has kindly offered to set up and take down the stand and provide the promotional material on the day but I do like to try and make sure he has others on hand to help out and give him a break!
Can you please let me know if you can spare some of your precious time on either or both of those days and let me know what times suit I.e. am or pm. I usually try to run in 1 to 1.5 hour slots and there is usually a break for lunch.
Emma Palmer, Honorary Secretary
EUROPEAN CRIMINAL BAR ASSOCIATION - SPRING CONFERENCE - WARSAW
25th - 26th April 2014
Registration is now open for the ECBA Spring conference which will take place at the Warsaw Bar Association on 25 and 26 April 2014.
KENT LAW SOCIETY AWARDS
Press release 16th January 2014
In a year where the legal profession has faced many difficult challenges, Kent Law Society wishes to recognise some of the people and/or firms who have continued to offer amazing services throughout these challenging times. KLS are therefore delighted to announce the introduction of an awards ceremony which will take place at the KLS dinner on 16th May 2014. The award categories will be: -
- Kent Junior Lawyer of the Year
- Outstanding Achievement Award
The nomination forms and further information will be available on the website from March and nominations will need to be received by 11th April 2014. A Judging Panel will consider the nominations and applications and the winners will be announced at the KLS dinner on 16th May 2014. More information will be sent to members via e-mail but in the meantime this leaves you with plenty of time to think about colleagues/firms you know who may deserve recognition for their recent hard work and achievement.
10 KENT FIRMS AMONG 136 CLOSED DUE TO PII
17th January 2013
10 Kent firms out of 136 nationally have closed because they could not secure professional indemnity insurance, according to the Law Society Gazette website today. The firms had entered the Extended Policy Period after 1st October 2013 and would have had to secure cover before 29th December.
The Kent firms reported to have closed are:
A J Bond & Co, Bromley
Cray Valley Solicitors Ltd, Orpington
Dale R Walker, Sevenoaks
Castle Legal LLP, Maidstone
D Fisher & Co, Borough Green
Hermeling Solicitors, Bromley
John Morley & Company, Gillingham
The Compensation Clinic, Ashford
Robin F Clarke & Co, Gravesend
LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP TAXATION ALERT
20th December 2013
On 10th December 2013 HMRC published details of proposed legislation which may cost a large number of LLPs an additional 13.8% of the profits allocated to salaried members from 6 April 2014. This is part of a number of measures targeted at Partnerships and LLP's generally and which the Government expects to raise over £1.3 billion between 2014/15 and 2018/19.
CLICK HERE to read the bulletin on this very important issue which we have received today from McBrides Chartered Accountants. McBrides specialise in help to legal professionals and have sponsored two recent networking events for the Kent Law Society.
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.
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/
DON'T GET MUGGED BY AN INSURER
This week saw the launch of the Law Society's new campaign to promote solicitors as the best source of legal advice on personal injury. It will run for six weeks and includes:
Order free campaign materials including posters, postcards and customer guides.
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.