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News from the Devon & Somerset Junior Lawyers' Division: February 2019 Update

Posted by on 28th February 2019 in March 2019 |
  The first couple of months of the year have been busy for the JLD; the committee have, in particular, starting putting plans for 2019 into action.   This year, the JLD will be supporting The Wave Project as 2019's charity of the year.  The Wave Project is a national charity pioneering surf therapy.  Its aim is to support vulnerable young people with physical and mental health problems by engaging them in a 6-week surf course.  The JLD is looking forward to fundraising for The Wave Project this year throughout its social events and also by arranging a charity coastal walk and beach cleans throughout the South West.    The JLD committee is already...

High Sheriff of Devon's Garden Party 2019

Posted by on 1st July 2019 in July 2019 |
On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June I attended my first ‘official’ engagement in my capacity of Deputy Vice President.  Deputising for Nigel Lyons I together with my wife Carol attended the High Sherriff of Devon’s Garden Party.  Captain Simon Martin took up his role in April of this year since when by his own words his feet have not touched the ground.   Following a week of somewhat unsettled weather the sun duly shone on the event set in absolutely stunning surroundings overlooking Brentor Church.  Over 150 guests including seven past High Sheriffs together with two in waiting, the Mayors of Exeter and Plymouth and other dignitaries were in atte...

Reach for the STARs?

Posted by on 31st October 2019 in November 2019 |
  The remodelled regulatory toolkit from the SRA is to be launched on 25 November 2019. Called the SRA Standards and Regulations, (or STARs for short), its tone is transitional and evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary. However, it does provide some very strong messages about what is expected from us. Compliance professionals employed in SRA-authorised firms should be making preparations to support their colleagues make a safe and appropriate switch to this new regulatory toolkit.   The STARs signify phase two of the SRA’s regulatory relationship with us. Phase 1 was introduced by the SRA in 2011 with the SRA Handbook. This was a revolutionary document...

Two topical matters on the new SRA Accounts Rules 2019 by Partner PKF Francis Clark

Posted by on 6th March 2020 in March 2020 |
The new SRA Standard and Regulations came into effect on 25 November 2019, replacing the previous SRA Handbook.   Within these latest regulations are the new set of SRA Accounts Rules 2019 which the legal sector is still getting to grips with some of the changes.   In this brief article we look at two of the most topical areas being raised by law firms and their COFAs.     Notification of disbursements   One of the leading questions raised has been regarding compliance with the new rule 4.3, which states that if a firm wishes to transfer money from the client bank account from funds held on account for a specific client to cover costs, the client...

DASLS 2019 Annual General Meeting - Preliminary Notice

Posted by on 28th February 2019 in March 2019 |
As a DASLS Member you are invited to attend the Society’s Annual General Meeting on 30 April starting at 6.00 p.m. at the Exeter Golf & Country Club . The short business meeting will be followed by a members’ dinner.  The Committee hope to see as many members as possible.   The purpose of an AGM is to give members an opportunity each year to meet the directors i.e. the Committee members, to ask questions and receive information about the  Society. The AGM notice will be sent out electronically with the e-bulletin Buzz. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of the AGM documentation, please contact   Below the report from the...

Client due diligence by SPONSOR Aon

Posted by on 5th September 2017 in March 2017 |
Client due diligence by SPONSOR Aon The way that a firm handles new matters is absolutely key to the long-term success and viability of the firm. Client Due Diligence (CDD) is one important aspect of handling new instructions. If you don’t meet all your compliance obligations, it is likely that there will be shortcomings in other areas of your service. Poor practices will be replicated across the firm. If corners are cut, claims and complaints May result. Sometimes corners are cut with the intention of filling in the gaps later but that rarely happens. If such practices are picked up by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), then there May also be regulat...
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