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April 2021 5 posts

Beviss & Beckingsale, Axminster - Legal Cashier

| | Jobs, Management, Administration & Secretarial
Beviss & Beckingsale, Axminster - Legal Cashier
  Beviss & Beckingsale LLP are seeking an experienced Legal Cashier to join their busy accounts department located in our Axminster office on a full time, permanent basis offering a competitive salary.   Key responsibilities include:- Processing and recording financial transactions and bank transfers Working knowledge of the Solicitors’ Accounting Rules (SAR) Bank and ledger reconciliations Recording of all incoming/outgoing invoices Management of the purchase ledger Credit control VAT administration and returns Financial Management reporting Ad hoc financial duties and reports Month end reporting Key skills/experience required:- Legal cashiering experience is essential Excellent IT skills Positive working attitude and excellent work ethic Able to work in a fast-paced environment This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Legal Cashier to join a renowned, well established, award winning law firm.   If you would like to apply for this role, please send your covering letter with CV to Holly Paul holly.paul@bevissandbeckingsale.co.uk          ...

Wollens, Exeter - Commercial Property Lawyer

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
Wollens, Exeter - Commercial Property Lawyer
  Wollens have a vacancy for an experienced, preferably at associate level, Commercial Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive to work in the firm’s office in Exeter.   Wollens is a dynamic and successful Devon-based firm. It has shown exceptional growth over the past few years and is now one of the largest practices in the Devon and Somerset area. It has ambitious plans for the future, and this opportunity is perfect for a bright and committed lawyer to make a mark in a vibrant firm and department.   The Commercial Property team at Wollens boasts a number of prominent local and national clients, particularly within the hospitality and food and drink sectors.  The ideal candidate will have experience in development work (advising on both commercial and residential sites). We are looking for a forward-thinking lawyer, who is not only technically competent, but also possesses networking skills and an interest in business generation and development.   You will be working in the area of commercial property and your role will include:  advising clients in relation to sale, purchase, leasing and re-financing of business premises, development work and unit sales, advising on pre-emption, option and promotion agreements, s106 agreements, and commercial licences and easements.    In return you will be joining a friendly, down to earth, and professional firm. We will offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits and terms of employment.   For further details or to apply for the position please contact: Gary Brenton HR Director gary.brenton@wollens.co.uk  ...

Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Experienced Civil Litigation & Employment Solicitor / Legal Executive

| | Jobs, Civil Litigation & Personal Injury
Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Experienced Civil Litigation & Employment Solicitor / Legal Executive
  Experienced Civil Litigation & Employment Solicitor / Legal Executive Exeter   Experienced fee earner required to join the Firm’s civil litigation & employment department.  At least 5 years relevant PQE with established experience in a broad range of general litigation and employment matters Excellent interpersonal and time management skills are essential Proficient IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and case management systems The successful candidate will be responsible for handling a comprehensive caseload of general litigation and employment matters including: - Land and property disputes, contentious probate, employment disputes, contract drafting, professional negligence and consumer disputes, contract disputes, commercial and residential possession proceedings, landlord and tenant disputes, rent and debt recovery A full-time post is envisaged although 4 days/week may be available for the right candidate Gilbert Stephens LLP offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and businesses from six offices in Exeter and East, West and Mid Devon. We combine the traditional values of a long-established firm with a modern client focussed service.   Our litigation & employment team advise on many aspects of civil litigation and has experience in dealing with disputes for both businesses and private clients.  The department also advises both employers and employees on many areas of employment law and deals with all aspects of clinical negligence and personal injury, from the relatively minor to the very serious.   We pride ourselves on giving a professional and personal service focussed on the needs of the individual client.   Further details can be found at www.gilbertstephens.co.uk.   Applications with CV to: - Sarah Judd, Practice & HR Manager hr@gilbertstephens.co.uk Gilbert Stephens LLP Solicitors 15-17 Southernhay East Exeter EX1 1QE...

Gilbert Stephens, Exeter and Sidmouth - Residential Property Solicitor / Legal Executive

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Gilbert Stephens, Exeter and Sidmouth - Residential Property Solicitor / Legal Executive
        Residential Property Solicitor / Legal Executive Exeter and Sidmouth   Two qualified and experienced fee earners required to join the Firm’s well-established property department.  5+ years PQE and a solid residential property background Excellent interpersonal and time management skills are essential Proficient IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and case management systems The successful candidate will be responsible for handling a comprehensive caseload of property matters including sales & purchases of freehold and leasehold properties including flats and shared ownership, equity release mortgages and re-mortgages, 1st registrations and new builds A proactive approach to business development, with the opportunity to work with the partners in developing and marketing the services offered by the practice Full-time posts are envisaged but part time positions may be available for the right candidate Gilbert Stephens LLP offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and businesses from six offices in Exeter and East, West and Mid Devon. We combine the traditional values of a long-established firm with a modern client focussed service.   Our Residential Property team of specialist lawyers offer clients considerable expertise in all residential property matters.  Our aim is to make the buying of property as easy and quick as possible and we will work to the highest standards to achieve this for you.   We also have a long tradition of acting for local farmers and landowners in both Devon and further afield and are members of the Agricultural Law Association.  Through our experience in agricultural matters, we understand the pressures on the rural community and are well placed to give practical and realistic advice.   Further details can be found at www.gilbertstephens.co.uk.   Applications with CV to: - Sarah Judd, Practice & HR Manager hr@gilbertstephens.co.uk   Gilbert Stephens LLP So...

Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Head of Department/Experienced Residential Property Solicitor

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Head of Department/Experienced Residential Property Solicitor
      Head of Department/Experienced Residential Property Solicitor Exeter   An experienced and well qualified solicitor required to join the Firm’s well-established property department.  At least 10 years relevant PQE and a solid residential property background The ability to supervision, lead and mentor a department of 12 fee earners across 6 locations Excellent interpersonal and time management skills are essential Proficient IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and case management systems A proactive approach to business development, with the opportunity to work with the partners in developing and marketing the services offered by the practice The successful candidate will also be responsible for handling their own caseload of property matters including sales & purchases of freehold and leasehold properties including flats and shared ownership, equity release mortgages and re-mortgages, 1st registrations and new builds Gilbert Stephens LLP offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and businesses from six offices in Exeter and East, West and Mid Devon. We combine the traditional values of a long-established firm with a modern client focussed service.   Our Residential Property team of specialist lawyers offer clients considerable expertise in all residential property matters.  Our aim is to make the buying of property as easy and quick as possible and we will work to the highest standards to achieve this for you.   We also have a long tradition of acting for local farmers and landowners in both Devon and further afield and are members of the Agricultural Law Association.  Through our experience in agricultural matters, we understand the pressures on the rural community and are well placed to give practical and realistic advice.   Further details can be found at www.gilbertstephens.co.uk.   Applications with CV to: - Sarah Judd, Practice & HR Manager hr@gilbertstephens.co.uk   ...

March 2021 7 posts

Torridge District Council, Bideford - Local Government Lawyer

| | Jobs, Local Government Legal Positions
Torridge District Council, Bideford - Local Government Lawyer
  Local Government Lawyer £32,234 - £35,745 per annum (plus up to £8,000 relocation allowance) | Full Time | Permanent Torridge District Council are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated lawyer (solicitor, legal executive or barrister) to play an important part in the delivery of legal services to the Council. The successful candidate will be responsible for dealing with a varied caseload and providing professional legal advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. As a result, you will need to demonstrate a sound working knowledge and experience in one or more areas of property law advice and conveyancing, environmental health and housing, planning, contract law, litigation and other areas relevant to local government law. The ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills with the ability to influence, persuade and advise in a professional manner. If you are looking for a new professional challenge with a better post-COVID work life balance please contact Damian Hunter, Legal Services Manager on 01237 428762 for a confidential and informal discussion about the role and how it might be right for you. In return we offer a competitive salary, flexible working arrangements, relocation allowance, local government holiday and pension provision. For a job description or to apply, please visit https://careers.torridge.gov.uk/ to complete an online application form. Closing Date: 14 April 2021 Interview Date: 29/30 April 2021...

Tozers, Exeter - Planning Solicitor or FILEx

| | Jobs, Planning / Environment / Construction
Tozers, Exeter - Planning Solicitor or FILEx
The role We are now seeking a planning solicitor or legal executive to work within our busy planning team. Our team has a diverse client base working with a large range of private clients on rural, equestrian, and householder developments, as well as caravan park owners, leisure operators and local authorities including parish and town councils. Many of our referrals come from other departments in the firm including our nationally recognised Social Housing team, and the residential conveyancing team. Our clients are based throughout England and Wales and so there are opportunities to travel within this role. The work is extremely varied and will include preparing and submitting planning applications and appeals, certificate of lawfulness applications and appeals, advising on enforcement matters, and section 106 Agreements. Additionally, there will be opportunities to advise on neighbourhood planning and local plans. Some experience in environmental matters would be an advantage. About you Coming from a background in either private practice or a local authority you will have experience as a planning solicitor or legal executive and will be keen to run your own files from applications through to appeals. The role could suit a more experienced lawyer who is looking for a new challenge or to work part time. Key to this role is the ability to communicate well and to provide high levels of client care. The office is based in the city centre of Exeter and for applicants who are considering relocating to Devon this role will allow you to have a good work life balance and the ability to enjoy the beautiful countryside!   To apply please go to https://www.tozers.co.uk/careers/application-form  ...

Tozers, Exeter - Paralegal, Commercial Litigation

| | Jobs, Paralegals & Trainee Solicitors
Tozers, Exeter - Paralegal, Commercial Litigation
The Role   Our team of litigators acts for a wide range of clients from individuals, small businesses, charities, hotel chains and housing associations. When a hearing cannot be avoided, the team has experienced advocates who can represent clients in action in for example, the High Court and District Registries, the local County Courts and Tribunals. In employment matters the team advises exclusively employers on everything from services for directors and senior managers, TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary proceedings and tribunal claims The team is expanding and requires a paralegal to join them. About you We welcome applications from all backgrounds and whilst you may have experience gained from a similar role, it will be more important for you to be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in contentious work and that you have a particular interest in employment work. You will be confident in communicating with our clients and, under our lawyers’ direction, will be comfortable ensuring that clients have the information they need if our lawyers are engaged elsewhere. Your standard responsibilities will include fielding initial enquiries, onboarding new clients and closing off concluded matters, using the firm’s IT systems and packages, proof reading and updating dictated work, dealing with emailed or telephone client enquires, document production, case management and assisting lawyers generally with administrative responsibilities. You will be very well organised and will enjoy organising others. You will have a ‘can-do’ attitude and will be happy to adapt to the requirements of the tasks facing you. Ideally you will be able to demonstrate your problem-solving skills and how you have used these in your previous positions. An ability and a willingness to work as part of a team with the aim of achieving a common goal would be beneficial.   To apply please go to https://www.tozers.co.uk/careers/application-form  ...

Dunn & Baker, Exeter - Commercial Property Solicitor / Legal Executive

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
Dunn & Baker, Exeter - Commercial Property Solicitor  / Legal Executive
    Dunn & Baker Solicitors is a progressive and forward thinking practice who are committed to providing a high level of service to all clients. We are currently looking to recruit a Commercial Property Solicitor  / Legal Executive into our busy commercial property department. You will be working on a wide range of commercial property transactions including leases, secured lending, landlord and tenant and buying and selling of freehold commercial properties and businesses. It is envisaged that you will gradually take on your own case load of varied work.   We are seeking applications from qualified Solicitors and Legal Executives who have experience in dealing with all aspects of commercial property. Applicants will have a minimum of 1 years pqe and be looking for a new opportunity where they can further develop their skills and experience. Ideal candidates will be looking for a firm where they will gain variety of experience and are encouraged to develop their own case load in due course.   Dunn & Baker are offering for the right individual excellent prospects for career development and also a competitive salary. A DBS check is required for this post. For further details or to apply for the position please contact / send your CV to hr@dunnandbaker.co.uk   Before applying for this position please familiarise yourself with our recruitment privacy policy. Click HERE to view the same.   For further details or to apply for the position please contact / send your CV to hr@dunnandbaker.co.uk  ...

Darby & Darby, Torquay - Residential Property Fee Earner

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Darby & Darby, Torquay - Residential Property Fee Earner
  Residential Property Fee Earner   Fantastic opportunity for a residential property fee earner to join the busy and expanding South Devon firm, Darby & Darby.  Whilst there may be flexibility between the offices at Brixham and Dartmouth, this role is based at the Firm’s main Torquay office and is a job creation as opposed to personnel replacement.  The successful candidate will be joining an existing team of busy Residential Lawyers without billing or file opening targets.    Competitive salary based on experience. Full time permanent role. 24  days holiday (plus bank holidays) per annum, medical and pension packages available after successful completion of a 3 month probation period.    The successful candidate will have 2+ years PQE, used to managing own caseload and be CQS accredited   If you are interested please email Ben Darby at: ben@darbylaw.co.uk...

Roger Richards Solicitors, Churston Broadway, Dartmouth Road, Paignton - Residential Property Lawyer

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Roger Richards Solicitors, Churston Broadway, Dartmouth Road, Paignton - Residential Property Lawyer
 Residential Property Lawyer sought: At least 5 years relevant PQE and a solid residential property background. Excellent interpersonal and time management skills are essential. Good IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office would be required. The successful candidate will be responsible for handling a comprehensive caseload of property matters including sales & purchases of freehold and leasehold properties including flats and re-mortgages, 1st registrations and new builds.   A full-time post is envisaged with partnership potential.   Applications with CV to Caroline Thompson enquiries@rogerrichards.co.uk...

Milford & Dormor seek experienced Conveyancer for their Ilminster Office

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Milford & Dormor seek experienced Conveyancer for their Ilminster Office
  Residential Conveyancer Ilminster - Somerset A vacancy, originally due to retirement of an existing member of staff at the Ilminster, Somerset office of Milford & Dormor, a long established firm of solicitors with offices in Devon & Somerset. We are looking for a friendly, efficient person with good people skills and experience of dealing with a wide range of residential conveyancing matters. Interested? Apply or obtain further details by sending your CV and covering letter to: Bill Bennett at b.bennett@milfordanddormor.co.uk or by post to 45 Fore Street Chard TA20 1PT (Reference: BN)....

February 2021 3 posts

Beers, Kingsbridge/Plymouth - PRIVATE CLIENT SOLICITOR / LEGAL EXECUTIVE 2-5 PQE+

| | Jobs, Private Client Probate, Wills, Trusts & Charities
Beers, Kingsbridge/Plymouth - PRIVATE CLIENT SOLICITOR / LEGAL EXECUTIVE 2-5 PQE+
  PRIVATE CLIENT SOLICITOR / LEGAL EXECUTIVE 2-5 PQE+ Beers Solicitors seek a Private Client Solicitor/Legal Executive to join them in a full time, permanent capacity.  With the technical knowledge, skill and experience of advising on a range of Private Client matters, you will be comfortable maintaining and strengthening existing client and professional relationships and helping to build new.   The successful candidate will be managing a full case load of Private Client matters as well as participating in the firm's marketing and business development campaigns.  STEP membership and Solicitors for the Elderly involvement is preferred. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious individual to progress.  Salary will be dependent on experience.   Applications with CV please to: Sue Symons Beers LLP 29 Fore Street Kingsbridge Devon TQ7 1AA   or by e-mail to   sue.symons@beersllp.com     No agencies....

Gilbert Stephens - Mid Devon - Residential Property Solicitor/Legal Executive

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Gilbert Stephens - Mid Devon - Residential Property Solicitor/Legal Executive
  Experienced Residential Property Solicitor / Legal Executive - Mid Devon   Well qualified and experienced fee earner required to join the Firm’s well-established property department.  At least 7 years relevant PQE and a solid residential property background Excellent interpersonal and time management skills are essential Proficient IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and case management systems The successful candidate will be responsible for handling a comprehensive caseload of property matters including sales & purchases of freehold and leasehold properties including flats and shared ownership, equity release mortgages and re-mortgages, 1st registrations and new builds A proactive approach to business development, with the opportunity to work with the partners in developing and marketing the services offered by the practice A full-time post is envisaged but a part time position may be available for the right candidate Gilbert Stephens LLP offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and businesses from six offices in Exeter and East, West and Mid Devon. We combine the traditional values of a long-established firm with a modern client focussed service. Our lawyers work closely with a team of Independent Financial Advisors from Gilbert Stephens Financial Services Ltd.   Our Residential Property team of specialist lawyers offer clients considerable expertise in all residential property matters.  Our aim is to make the buying of property as easy and quick as possible and we will work to the highest standards to achieve this for you.   We also have a long tradition of acting for local farmers and landowners in both Devon and further afield and are members of the Agricultural Law Association.  Through our experience in agricultural matters, we understand the pressures on the rural community and are well placed to give practical and realistic advice.   Further details can be found at www.gilbertstephens...

Almy & Thomas, Torquay - Matrimonial/Family Lawyer NQ/Experienced

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
Almy & Thomas, Torquay - Matrimonial/Family Lawyer NQ/Experienced
  NQ or experienced family lawyer for busy long-established high-street practise in heart of Torquay to assist Director with large existing workload. No publicly funded work. Divorce, matrimonial finance, private children, cohabitees, tolata, possibly family provision. Directorship and equity buy-in anticipating succession.   Applications to Owen Evans, Managing Partner, Almy & Thomas, 71 Abbey Road, Torquay, Somerset, England, TQ2 5NL owene@almythomas.co.uk...

January 2021 12 posts

WOOLLCOMBE YONGE - CHILD CARE LAWYER

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
WOOLLCOMBE YONGE - CHILD CARE LAWYER
  Child Care Lawyer.   We have a great opportunity for a child care specialist, either CILEx or Solicitor. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is ambitious to drive their career forward.  You will be working with a team to assist you. You will be taking on a busy caseload of care files.   The Candidate Essential criteria.   You will either have detailed knowledge of the relevant law and case law, or be developing that knowledge.   You will be a Child Panel member or intend to work towards this qualification.   You will have excellent IT skills.   You will be team player.   You will be focused on providing exceptional service and advice to your clients.   Knowledge of the legal aid rules and regulations would be helpful.   You will manage your files so that they are compliant with LEXCEL and legal aid agency regulations.   You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills.   We operate a cloud based case management system to support homeworking.   Remuneration   Very competitive salary and dependent upon experience.   Hours   This is a permanent position.   The Firm   We are a long-established Plymouth firm with a strong reputation of dealing with private clients through our family, crime, conveyancing and wills, probate and trusts teams. We are a progressive, modern and client focused practice with plans and ambitions to grow our specialist sectors.   We have modern air-conditioned offices just a short distance from the vibrant marina at Sutton Harbour, the historic Barbican and the beautiful views from Plymouth Hoe.   The beaches, sea, moorland, cliffs and coasts of Devon and Cornwall provide immense opportunities for an excellent work life balance for you and your family, as well as high quality work.   Please contact Stephanie Redmond with your CV. 01752 827900 sr@wysolicitors.co.uk  ...

Brewer Harding & Rowe, North Devon - Residential/Commercial Property

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Brewer Harding & Rowe, North Devon - Residential/Commercial Property
  A unique opportunity to work at one of North Devon’s leading law firms with a strong and highly respected reputation. Brewer, Harding & Rowe have been established locally since 1790 and continue to grow and develop with both local and national clients.  The firm has three offices across North Devon.   The area is known for its sought after lifestyle, beautiful coastline and countryside. It is particularly targeted by those trying to strike the right work/life balance.   The firm has a rare opening for an experienced Conveyancer to join our successful team. The candidate should ideally have experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing but a residential conveyancer will be considered.   The candidate must be able to manage his / her own case load and should be a commercially minded fee earner who enjoys cementing existing and building new relationships.   There are excellent opportunities for the right candidate to advance their personal career development.    This is a rare opportunity to redress the work/life balance by living in one of the most desirable parts of the country, having beach life on your doorstep, whilst having a successful career with ongoing development opportunities. The salary is negotiable depending on level of experience. Please contact Wendy Johnson by email :  wendy.johnson@bhrlaw.co.uk or Telephone 01237 427522, to apply or to discuss the role in more detail....

Tozers, Exeter - Property Development Solicitor/FILEx

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
Tozers, Exeter - Property Development Solicitor/FILEx
The role A property development solicitor, preferably with social housing experience within our nationally recognised registered providers team. At Tozers we focus on establishing close working relationships with our housing clients. We make every effort to provide a bespoke service to suit our registered provider clients’ particular requirements be they large or regional providers or small rural ones. About you Ideally you will be a 2 – 4 year qualified property solicitor or legal executive but your experience in development, preferably gained in the social housing sector, will be more important than number of years qualified The role involves a mix of work with an emphasis on property development including site acquisition, development agreements, infrastructure agreements, conditional contracts and options. There will also be one off general property enquiries and transactions to undertake for our clients. Along with a commitment to deliver the highest standards of client care, you will also have enthusiasm for business development. In return for experience and commitment we can offer an interesting and stimulating workload. To apply please go to https://www.tozers.co.uk/careers/application-form  ...

Tozers, Newton Abbot - Residential Conveyancer - Solicitor or FILEx

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Tozers, Newton Abbot - Residential Conveyancer - Solicitor or FILEx
The role Our busy property team provides a bespoke conveyancing service across England and Wales tailored to meet our clients’ needs. We have a large and expanding team of skilled and respected property lawyers who pride themselves on their level of service, combining a traditional personal approach with speed and efficiency using the latest technology. A significant amount of work is received through recommendations from clients. We are now seeking an experienced solicitor or FILEx to join our team in delivering this excellent service working in our Newton Abbot office which is seeing significant growth. About you You will be an experienced residential property Solicitor or Legal Executive and will be looking for the chance to further your career by joining an expanding team which is committed to providing the highest levels of client care. In addition, you will be comfortable promoting the firm.   To apply please go to https://www.tozers.co.uk/careers/application-form...

Tozers, Exeter - Residential Conveyancer - Solicitor or FILEx

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Tozers, Exeter  - Residential Conveyancer - Solicitor or FILEx
The role Our busy property team provides a bespoke conveyancing service across England and Wales tailored to meet our clients’ needs. We have a large and expanding team of skilled and respected property lawyers who pride themselves on their level of service, combining a traditional personal approach with speed and efficiency using the latest technology. A significant amount of work is received through recommendations from clients. We are now seeking an experienced solicitor or FILEx to join our team in delivering this excellent service working in our Exeter office. About you You will have at least three-years pqe as a residential property Solicitor or Legal Executive and will be looking for the chance to further your career by joining a busy team which is committed to providing the highest levels of client care. In addition, you will also have enthusiasm for business development.   To apply please go to https://www.tozers.co.uk/careers/application-form  ...

Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Trust Administrator

| | Jobs, Private Client Probate, Wills, Trusts & Charities
Gilbert Stephens, Exeter - Trust Administrator
  Private Client – Trust Administrator Exeter Office   Trust Administrator required to join the Firm’s well-established Private Client Department to be responsible for the management and development of the firm’s existing portfolio of trusts, and the provision of our other Private Client services (including estate and capital tax planning, estate administration and the administration of financial affairs under Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputy orders) to trustees and beneficiaries.   A proficient and friendly disposition is essential with the ability to work well as part of a team and the aptitude to use initiative where appropriate.  Previous trust administration experience is essential. The role is to attend to the day-to-day management of trusts and to be involved with general trust work in collaboration with our team of legally qualified trust and estate practitioners. The role will also require working alongside Investment Advisors from our associated Financial Services company (Gilbert Stephens Financial Services Ltd).   The role will include:- Overseeing compliance with regulatory requirements for trusts (including CRS, FATCA, TRS etc) and ensuring that regulatory requirements are met and all required registrations are in place Responsibility for diarising and meeting key dates relevant to each trust Responsibility for the completion and submission of Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax returns Maintaining trust accounts and documentation Liaising with trustees, beneficiaries third parties such as investment managers, banks, property managers and other professionals Administration of trust bank accounts and payment of trust expenses Making payments to or on behalf of beneficiaries (in particular being responsible for oversight of regular payments) Use of practice management, accounts and tax software (a sound knowledge of Microsoft office is essential) The Trust Administrator ...

MILFORD & DORMOR - PRIVATE CLIENT LAWYERS REQUIRED CHARD & SEATON

| | Jobs, Private Client Probate, Wills, Trusts & Charities
MILFORD & DORMOR - PRIVATE CLIENT LAWYERS REQUIRED CHARD & SEATON
offices in Devon & Somerset   Care about what you do and want a new challenge? Vacancies due to retirements.   Work involves probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney & some Court of Protection, also private client care. Get in touch with us for an interview.   We will know if you are right for us - you will know if we are right for you.   Apply with CV to b.bennett@milfordanddormor.co.uk (Reference:  BN)....

Brewer Harding & Rowe, North Devon - Civil Litigator required

| | Jobs, Civil Litigation & Personal Injury
Brewer Harding & Rowe, North Devon - Civil Litigator required
Civil Litigator Required   A unique opportunity to work at one of North Devon’s leading law firms with a strong and highly respected reputation. Brewer, Harding & Rowe have been established locally since 1790 and continue to grow and develop with both local and national clients.  The firm has three offices across North Devon.  The area is known for its sought after lifestyle, beautiful coastline and countryside. It is particularly targeted by those trying to strike the right work/life balance.  The firm has an opening for an experienced Litigation Solicitor to join our team. The candidate should ideally have been qualified for at least 3 years and should have general civil litigation experience but it would be an advantage to be familiar with probate litigation, property disputes, landlord and tenant matters and contract/commercial disputes. The candidate must be able to manage his/ her own case load and should be a commercially minded Lawyer who enjoys cementing existing and building new relationships.   We are looking for someone to take on a retiring Partner’s existing clients, as well as build their own case load.  There are excellent  opportunities for the right candidate to advance their personal career development. The salary is negotiable depending on experience. Please contact Wendy Johnson by email :  wendy.johnson@bhrlaw.co.uk or Telephone 01237 427522, to apply or to discuss the role in more detail....

Peter Peter & Wright, Bideford - Private Client Solicitor

| | Jobs, Private Client Probate, Wills, Trusts & Charities
Bideford - Private Client Solicitor Due to retirement Peter Peter & Wright have a vacancy in their Bideford office for a private client solicitor to be part of a small team dealing with Wills and Probate, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and the creation of trusts. The primary role of the successful candidate will be the making of Wills with related tax planning, some life time trust creation, LPAs, dealing with the administration of the more complex estates and providing general support for other members of the team. The firm has a broad range of clients and good communication skills are a necessity. Clients include those in business and agriculture and experience of the relevant IHT reliefs are essential and a good working knowledge of CGT in relation to life time planning desirable. For further information contact Clive Smale 01237 472233 / clivesmale@peterslaw.co.uk...

WOLLENS, BARNSTAPLE - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY LAWYER

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
WOLLENS, BARNSTAPLE - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY LAWYER
Wollens have a vacancy for an experienced Commercial Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive to work in the firm’s North Devon office in Barnstaple.   Wollens is a dynamic and successful Devon-based firm. It has shown exceptional growth over the past few years and is now one of the largest practices in the Devon and Somerset area. It has ambitious plans for the future, and this opportunity is perfect for a bright and committed lawyer to make a mark in a vibrant firm and department.   The Commercial Property team at Wollens boasts a number of prominent local and national clients, particularly within the hospitality and food and drink sectors.  The ideal candidate will have experience in development work (advising on both commercial and residential sites). We are looking for a forward-thinking lawyer, who is not only technically competent, but also possesses networking skills and an interest in business generation and development.   You will be working in the area of commercial property and your role will include:  advising clients in relation to sale, purchase, leasing and re-financing of business premises, development work and unit sales, advising on pre-emption, option and promotion agreements, s106 agreements, and commercial licences and easements.    In return you will be joining a super-friendly, down to earth, and professional firm. We will offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits and terms of employment.   For further details or to apply for the position please contact: Gary Brenton HR Director gary.brenton@wollens.co.uk...

WOLLENS, BARNSTAPLE - RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY LAWYER

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
WOLLENS, BARNSTAPLE - RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY LAWYER
Wollens have a vacancy for an experienced Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive / Senior Residential Conveyancer to work in the firm’s North Devon office in Barnstaple.   Wollens is a dynamic and successful Devon-based firm. It has shown exceptional growth over the past few years and is now one of the largest practices in the Devon and Somerset area. It has ambitious plans for the future, and this opportunity is perfect for a bright and committed lawyer to make a mark in a vibrant firm and department   You will deal with a very busy caseload of domestic property work. The successful applicant will have experience of handling a wide range of property transactions including sales, purchases, leases, re-mortgages and will be capable of working in a busy team. We are looking for a forward thinking lawyer, who is not only technically competent, but also possesses networking skills and an interest in business generation and development.   In return you will be joining a super-friendly, down to earth, and professional firm. We will offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits and terms of employment.     For further details or to apply for the position please contact: Gary Brenton HR Director gary.brenton@wollens.co.uk...

Rosie Bracher Solcitors - North Devon - Family Solicitor

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Rosie Bracher Solcitors - North Devon - Family Solicitor
  North Devon – Family Solicitor ROSIE BRACHER SOLICITORS Award Winning Niche Family Law firms seeks a Family/Child Care Solicitor.   The firm is now seeking to support growth by recruiting ambitious, dedicated and hard-working Child Care Solicitors who are seeking to progress their careers in a flexible and supportive working environment. You will join a team of 6 other family solicitors and case workers.   Your client base includes a mix of public law children work with some private law children and domestic abuse work. We have a particularly vulnerable client mix with learning difficulties, high anxiety and the usual vulnerabilities featuring so you will need to possess demonstrable skills and attributes in order to best serve these client needs.   Priority is given to applicants who approach us direct with a CV rather than via an agent.   The successful applicants are likely to have : Preferably 3 years PQE Experience of working in a specialist family law team Looking to manage a varied and challenging caseload of public/private law cases Excellent interpersonal and client care skills Advocacy experience Ability to manage a heavy legal aid caseload using CCMS and manage case to final payment Membership of Children or Family Panel (preferred but not essential) Good IT skills sufficient to manage own documentation and communications. Benefits include: Remote/agile working negotiable (relocation preferred) Competitive salary and bonus scheme 25 days holiday per annum Flexible working negotiable Salary:  depending on experience.  Job type: Full-time   Please send your CV and letter of application to faye.mchugh@rosiebracher.co.uk...

May 2020 1 posts

DASLS Managing Partner/Practice Manager Forums - Next Meetings

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All at 12.30 p.m. using web conferencing unless indicated otherwise - contact tony@dasls.com for dates and times.   Torbay & South Devon Somerset Exeter & East Devon Plymouth North Devon  ...

March 2020 17 posts

DASLS TRAINING EVENTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS - CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19

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Current NHS information and advice on COVID-19 is available here   Following the Government's advice given on 16 March, a notice was posted on DASLS website homepage with information further disseminated via social media.   Updated 18 March 2020....

President's Review - Nigel Lyons

| | Newsletters, March 2020
President's Review - Nigel Lyons
Dear All,   This year really is flying by. I have just had my birthday.   After updating you previously on the excellent catch up I had with the Law Society CEO Paul Tennant on his visit to the south west last November, I had not expected to be back in touch with him quite so soon.   Sadly, this time it was in less happy circumstances.   I was, like many of you, shocked and saddened in January to hear the news and see the pictures of the substantial fire at Chancery Lane in London. I have emailed Paul Tennant and James Shepherd, our Law Society Relationship Management Executive, to send our best wishes and we are hoping that the building will be back to full use very soon.   As I write this report, preparations are in full swing for the 2020 DASLS Legal Awards & Dinner. As you know the Annual Dinner is being held again this year at Exeter Cathedral.  The event is to take place on the 30th April 2020. After the success of last year, we are hoping that once again the event is sold out which would mean we will have around 480 people attending.  If you have not done so already, please contact Llew Nicholls and the team at our Awards partners ‘Grow Marketing’ who have worked very hard alongside our very own Tony and Monique to achieve full sponsorship of this event.   You can contact Llew to book the remaining places by emailing Llew directly at Llew@growmarketinguk.com. There have been more nominations than ever before with more entries making the short list. Please do not miss this dazzling occasion.   You will all have received DASLS latest 2020 training courses programme. Tony Steiner and the team have worked hard to arrange these events. You will see that as members you get preferential rates and if appropriate reduced rates for multiple attendees from your firms. Please take advantage of these services as a proportion of the monies do go to support our Society’s broad continuing education offering.   If I do not see you individ...

Oology & The SRA

| | Newsletters, March 2020
The first big social event of the year was the annual DASLS Quiz which is the grand finale of the Challenge Cup. It is an event I thoroughly enjoy and I make no apology for making it a bit challenging.   This year did not disappoint there being just ½ point between first and second place and resulting in joint winners of the Challenge Cup. Congratulations to Ashfords and Michelmores both of whom knew that the study of birds’ eggs is Oology. The next Challenge Cup kicks off with the usual Skittles match in Dawlish when the magnificent Skittles Cup will be contested.   The latest meeting of the County Societies Group took place in February when we were guests of the SRA in Birmingham. DASLS Deputy Vice-President Adrian Richards and I attended.  We were welcomed by their Chief Executive Paul Philip who set out some key messages around SRA activity emphasising their desire for light touch engagement with solicitors and good channels of communication. He said that the SRA was working well with The Law Society and was focused on creating an environment where solicitors could be innovative and use the latest in technology. AML is a key area of activity and following the appointment of the new Chair, Anna Bradley, they are working to provide better customer care. He also explained that until now the SRA had not taken any position on issues such as Access to Justice, Rule of Law and Advice Deserts. They were considering looking at, and taking a position on, one or two of these issues each year. There followed several presentations by senior staff at the SRA dealing with Enforcement Strategy and reporting concerns; Customer information – Transparency Rules and clickable logo.; the SQE  and Anti-Money Laundering. Comprehensive slides were produced to accompany each presentation which I will forward together with my notes to any member who wishes to see them. Just email me —tony@dasls.com.  There followed an interesting tour of the building. SRA have around 600 ...

The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the sphere of human rights

| | Newsletters, March 2020
You may know that DASLS is fortunate to be twinned with Bilbao, Erlangen, Gdańsk, Leuven, Rennes and Verona. Such twinning arrangements underpin a sense that we belong to one community of values on the basis that these relationships are based on reciprocity. Each year, we meet to discuss and debate important legal issues of the day, whilst discovering the cultures and languages of our partners. 2020 is DASLS turn to host such an event, which will be rounded off with the Sunday Legal Service at Exeter Cathedral on 7 June 2020 and to which DASLS members are cordially invited!   The subject of our conference (on 5 June at County Hall in Exeter) will be around the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the sphere of human rights. Rather than understanding AI in terms of a terrifying post-apocalyptic vision of a world controlled by robots, AI features in our everyday lives from Alexa and smart home devices to controversial facial recognition technologies and even Uber! AI is built by lines of code called algorithms. Put simply, an algorithm is a step by step method of solving a problem and is commonly used for data processing and calculation. However, the use of automated data processing techniques in public and private sectors, especially by internet platforms and its impact on the exercise of human rights is somewhat of a hot topic.   When it comes to AI, there is a focus on the usage of huge datasets. AI bias means when an algorithm produces results that may be prejudiced due to erroneous assumptions in the machine learning process and the data used to train the algorithm by data scientists. Bias runs deep in humans and it can be unconscious in nature. AI systems are created by individuals who have their own unique experiences and blind spots all of which can lead to fundamentally biased systems. This issue is compounded by the fact that those responsible for AI (including its deployment and training) may not be representative of society. Accordingly, unfair...

Who owns this thing, anyway? by Trevor Hellawell

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Who owns this thing, anyway? by Trevor Hellawell
New AML Regulations and the pursuit of the beneficial owner.   Introduction   The new Money Laundering & Terrorist Finance (Amendment) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 10 January have modified a number of aspects of the 2017 AML Regulations, with which we have been complying for some time. However, many firms’ procedures hark back to the earlier days of the 2007 Regulations and have not been modified or updated much over recent years.   This article seeks to set out what the new Regulations in fact require, and the steps we should be taking in relevant cases.   The Policy   It has been true for some time that the ultimate aim of all the regulatory rules is transparency – it has always been the case that the use of artificial structures such as trusts, companies, bearer shares, foundations and charities – whilst perfectly legal – have to some extent also benefitted from the extra anonymity they offer to the true owner and recipient of the funds and services we provide.   If we offer services to these types of entity, the Regulations require us to go some way to identifying the individuals who are actually benefitting from our services, and this entails uncovering the true ownership of the organisation.   Whilst this would be difficult in many instances – Cayman Island companies with bearer shares, for example – we must nevertheless attempt to get some assurances from the creators of the companies, accountants or registrars as to the ownership of the shares, and have some way of being notified of any change in ownership.   We also need to be aware of the PEP and Sanctions status of these individuals.   Further, for UK companies, the PSC Regulations 2016 impose an exactly similar obligation on the companies themselves to identify their beneficial owners and notify Companies House of any shareholder with 25% or more of the shares or exercising control over management of the business.   The Regulations   The Regul...

Small Claims Pilot Mediation Scheme – the view of a mediator

| | Newsletters, March 2020
As one of the mediators on the Devon and Somerset Law Society panel of mediators I wanted to share my experience of the cases referred to us from the small claims pilot mediation scheme. We are currently referred cases from the county court at Exeter, Barnstaple, Torquay and Plymouth.   The idea of the scheme is to try to mediate cases that have been issued at court in the hope a resolution can be reached prior to a court hearing. This frees up court time making the process quicker and more cost effective for the parties involved.   Typical mediations are usually scheduled for a minimum of three hours with more complicated cases set for a whole day or more whereas the small claim mediations are set for one hour only.   I have not found the short time limit listed for these mediations to have a negative impact indeed it seems to focus the minds of all involved to start seriously looking at a possible settlement immediately. In my experience of previous mediations in my capacity either as mediator or legal advisor I have found that it is not until the mediation is nearing the end that serious negotiations take place and all efforts are made by the parties to reach a settlement. I remind both sides in a small claim mediation of the time restraints and that time is ticking by and psychologically it seems to take the parties to the same place as at the end of much longer mediations.   If a case settles at a small claims mediation, which they do more often than not, this avoids the case proceeding through the court process saving both time and money including court fees and legal costs. The settlement when reached is made and agreed by both parties and therefore the parties are in control of the resolution. Whereas a Judge by the very nature of court proceedings will make a finding on each point in the case for or against a party leaving the parties with no control over the result.   Overall the small claim mediation scheme is in my opinion advantageous to ...

What the reform programme means in the South West by HM Courts & Tribunals Service

| | Newsletters, March 2020
What the reform programme means in the South West by HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Practitioners in Devon and Somerset, indeed across England and Wales, will be aware of HMCTS’s ambitious £1bn programme of court reform. Some have been involved in consultations, developing and testing new services and products; for others their work has already been impacted as new technology and modern ways of working are introduced.   Launched in September 2016, the programme is now almost at its half-way stage. We’ve already seen the roll out of several online services covering divorce, probate, civil money claims and social security appeals which have been used by well over 250,000 people. Two new services – immigration and asylum, and public family law – are currently being publicly tested.   Many in the region have been involved in the development of reform services in some capacity. Truro Combined Court, for example, is part of the national pilot in 12 family courts for the Citizens Advice family court domestic abuse support service, which launched in August 2019.   Our south western buildings   Some of your members, especially those who frequently work at Taunton Crown Court and Torquay & Newton Abbot County Court, may already be benefitting from the professional users’ court access scheme. This scheme is being rolled out in stages, across the region and nationwide. It allows legal professionals to avoid delays when being processed by security staff. Although registration for the national scheme has begun with the Bar Council, HMCTS is working with other legal associations who wish to participate and open the scheme for their members.   As part of our estate review process, which aims to improve the physical environment for all court users, Exeter Magistrates’ Court is closing and the work is moving to the Combined Court, half a mile away. To support this move, three new hearing rooms will be built, as well as increased cell capacity, witness and consultation facilities and a new cafe.   The move represents a significant ...

Call for Nominations - the Somerset Cook's & Hatchard's Law Prize 2020

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Call for Nominations - the Somerset Cook's & Hatchard's Law Prize 2020
The Cook's and Hatchard's Law Prize is an award which recognises an individual who has achieved not only academic success but has also engaged in charitable initiatives which have raised the profile of the profession; supported junior lawyers and/or the wider community.      The Trustees recognise that the route to qualifying as a Solicitor is an ever changing process. The conventional approach of completing a Degree, undergoing the GDL/LPC and eventually sourcing a Training Contract has been supplemented by a series of alternative routes.   It is now increasingly common specifically in the case of smaller firms and/or Local Authorities for individuals to qualify as Solicitors through a more vocational route. For example, undergoing the conversion from CILEx. Whilst this is not your typical route to qualification, such individuals have nonetheless obtained considerable practical experience and have achieved 'Solicitor' status whilst having to combine study with work, often alongside family obligations. A challenging balance deserving recognition.   The Trustees are intent on ensuring that such individuals are not overlooked, especially in instances where candidates have come from backgrounds where they might have needed to work from school as opposed to being able to attend University and pursue academia.   If you are aware of an individual within Somerset who has achieved the finely tuned balance of academic success whilst also promoting the value of the profession through charitable work or some other means which has benefitted the wider community, then please send full details of the individual whom you are nominating together with the reasons for your nomination to DASLS Administrator, Monique Bertoni, Aston Court, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5AZ by 30 June 2020, for consideration by the Trustees.   Nominations can also be sent by email to monique@dasls.com.   NOMINATION CRITERION:- Candidates for this year’s Prize must have been admitted to...

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

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Two topical matters on the new SRA Accounts Rules 2019 by Partner PKF Francis Clark
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 or paying party must first be sent a bill or other written notification of these costs, before the transfer is made.   As ‘costs’ comprise of fees and disbursements, this is in contrast to the old requirements as it is now necessary to notify the client if the firm wants to take funds to cover disbursements.   Firms are now finding themselves in the position of having to choose between the additional administrative inconvenience of having to notify the clients every time they wish to transfer funds in the interim for disbursement, or face potential cash flow burdens. This will come down to a matter of policy, and will differ from firm to firm. It is helpful to highlight it has been mentioned that an email to the client will qualify as written notification to meet this requirement.   A further topical question has been in relation to disbursements that have been included on a bill, but not yet paid by the firm. Rule 4.3 refers to ‘costs incurred’, which, on the face of it, implies that funds can be transferred to cover disbursements that have been incurred but not yet paid, as long as the client has been notified. This has been queried with the regulators where anticipated disbursements had been included on a bill – could the firm transfer client funds to cover these which would be a fundam...

Introducing DASLS new Partner DictateNow

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Introducing DASLS new Partner DictateNow
Devon & Somerset Law Society welcome DictateNow as new outsourcing partner   Devon & Somerset Law Society is pleased to announce it has teamed up with leading legal outsourcing provider DictateNow.     The firm, which was the first dictation provider for law firms in the UK, was formed almost 20 years ago, and now works with hundreds of law firms across the country.   “It truly is an honour to work closely with Devon & Somerset Law Society and we are confident we will provide its members with real value through this partnership,” said Maxine Park, who co-founded the firm, and is also a qualified solicitor.   Since its inception in Hertfordshire, at the start of the 21st century, DictateNow has become a leading provider of confidential digital dictation, transcription and business services that helps law firms streamline otherwise labour-intensive processes, reduce overheads, and improve client service.   “Since we started back in the early 2000s we have also expanded to include dealing with overseas clients, and offer other business services as well, with copy typing, proof reading and diary management amongst them,” added Maxine.   The business, which works with hundreds of legal secretaries and experienced administrators all UK based, working around the clock seven days a week, only came into being after Maxine, who was a senior solicitor, was asked by her employer to find a firm that could do the transcription for lawyers. She couldn’t find anyone suitable in the country, so she worked on a plan to fill this gap, with software developer husband Garry.  She soon left her job in law, and the reputation of DictateNow gradually spread amongst law firms.    “It is fair to say the needs of law firms have changed greatly in recent years and like all progressive businesses, we are committed to adapting to stay at the forefront.  We will never rest on our laurels,” added Maxine.   The business is covered by IS223...

Business Continuity and Coronavirus planning from partner DictateNow

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Business Continuity and Coronavirus planning from partner DictateNow
    Coronavirus (COVID-19)   Business Continuity Planning   With England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warning a Covid-19 epidemic in the UK is looking “likely”, and with home working being a key part of the government's 'Battle Plan' to combat the virus, the prospect of fee earners working remotely may become a reality rather than a trend.   With most UK businesses, including law firms carrying out contingency planning in the event of a widespread outbreak we are being called upon by our clients to provide additional support should it be required.   The ability for fee earners to work from home is far easier than for support staff. Fee earners are able to use mobile phones to continue communicating with clients, receiving emails as well as dictating. Internal support staff aren't geared up to work remotely in the same way.   DictateNow has been providing outsourced business support services to law firms since 2002. Our legal secretaries can continue to support fee earners with their typing requirements with fee earners sending dictations via our apps and our typists returning the work as an attachment to an email, or directly into the client's case or document management system.   We take business continuity seriously, achieving and maintaining the ISO 22301 as a testament to the importance we put on being able to support our clients - whatever the circumstances.   Our management, operations, typists, receptionists and support teams all have the ability to work remotely but with the added security of working on our UK based servers.   Under no circumstances would we want to profit from COVID-19. We provide free apps for iPhone and Android mobile phones, a free registration process for disaster recovery and our service is low cost, pay-as-you-go and with no ongoing commitment.   We sincerely hope COVID-19 isn't as serious as some of the newspaper headlines have said it will be, but a little forward planning ...

Are your conveyancing clients ‘flood aware’? by Partner Landmark Information

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Are your conveyancing clients ‘flood aware’? by Partner Landmark Information
Last month, Storm Ciara and Dennis brought devastation across the country, including the South West.  We saw multiple flood warnings and alerts issued across Devon and Somerset, with many main routes made impassable, and rail passengers stranded as flooding stopped services reaching Exeter and Plymouth (see link at footnote 1).   Due to the increasing concern about flood risk for property owners, the Law Society has recently updated its Flood Risk practice note – the first revision in four years.   The practice note provides guidance relating to information sources that better help clients understand the risk that flooding may pose, as well as offer steps that can be taken with regards to insurance and searches.   The practice note includes information relating to the types of flood risks that have the potential to affect property owners.  For example, a property doesn’t have to be located next to a river for it to be located in a high risk zone.  Flooding from surface water or groundwater is increasingly common and something that should always be researched in advance of a house purchase.   If flooding is a concern, it is important to investigate whether appropriate insurance cover can be arranged before a property transaction completes, to satisfy the risk criteria of the client’s mortgage lender.   On top of this, the Law Society has also published an updated TA6 Property Information Form and guidance notes. In particular, four areas of property information have been updated relating to Flood Risk, as well Japanese Knotweed, Radon and Septic Tanks.  The update provides additional information about a property to prospective buyers and is designed to provide greater transparency.   Yet, while there is a plethora of guidance and support out there, unfortunately, recent research conducted by YouGov for Landmark Information has shown that the majority of consumers in Great Britain are still not checking the flood risk of their homes, despi...

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Thank you from Step One: DASLS President's Charity 2019-2020

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Thank you from Step One: DASLS President's Charity 2019-2020
Thank You   As we come to the end of being the Devon and Somerset Law Society’s Charity of the Year 2019/20 we reflect on some of the achievements made throughout the year:   Thriving Workplace Project   In 2019 we launched our Thriving Workplace project which focuses on training workplaces in awareness and first aid for mental health. After a successful ‘soft launch’ at the SW Business EXPO, we have been working closely with local organisations to train staff members in spotting the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and starting meaningful conversations. The feedback we have received has been fantastic and we hope that this training not only helps organisations, but the wider communities in which we live.   As part of the project, we have also developed a course which we have delivered in custody at HMP Dartmoor, providing a forum for custodians to discuss strategies to manage wellbeing whilst in prison. Again we have had a brilliant response to the training delivered and are looking to roll out mental health first aid courses across the prison to promote conversations and support whilst in custody and for rehabilitation.   The impact this training has had so far has been excellent, helping individuals and organisations recognise the importance of good wellbeing and supporting colleagues and communities with mental health. With the stretch on services for mental health this is a fundamental project to support each other to good mental health and wellbeing.   Torbay Peer Support Project   The aim of this project is to support people over 50 years of age who are struggling with their mental health to engage with their community. We provide engagement visits to help people feel more relaxed when they first meet us and then encourage them to join one of our courses or groups.   Within the year the project has grown through our group of supportive volunteers, there are now 10 volunteers and they have all been people that we had ori...

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

| | Newsletters, March 2020
News from the Devon & Somerset Junior Lawyers' Division: March Update
  National Conference   As the new committee members of the Devon & Somerset Junior Lawyers' Division are starting this year’s culminating activities for our Junior Lawyers' Division members, our National Committee representative has attended the National JLD Meeting held at The Law Society office in London on the 1st of February 2020.     A lot of issues were discussed and tackled and it is important to share the outcome of the discussions. To highlight these, the following are the main points of discussion:-  There will be another consultation with the SRA regarding the SQE as it has been discussed that there are a large number of unresolved issues. The Legal Services Board has opened a call for evidence in relation to continuing competence. Everyone is encouraged to contact us and we would welcome any comments and inputs. The Law Society has updated its Wellbeing Guidance in the workplace in October 2019 as well as a recently issued guide for firms to re-label work social events to divert the initial perception away from alcohol. This is to promote and encourage individuals to attend events with less pressure to consume alcohol in order to “fit in”. The DSJLD have been in full support of this and our events are being tailored to match this initiative. In addition, The Law Society is currently developing a new Learning Management System and in the next coming months, The Law Society will launch a beta program for this which will give selected firms a free testing with this program. This will initially be provided free of charge with precedents etc available to firms.   Ibounce   The JLD event season 2020 kicked off in fine style with a groovy disco at I-Bounce in Exeter. With dimmed lights and funky disco beats, the JLD contingent were relishing the opportunity to hone their dancing skills ahead of this year’s highly anticipated JLD Summer Ball!   It is fair to say some members took to the bouncing b...

Are you Fit for Law? By LawCare

| | Newsletters, March 2020
Are you Fit for Law? By LawCare
Some think there is no place for emotion in the law and believe emotions interfere with rational thinking. In fact there is a huge body of scientific evidence which proves cognition and emotion are intertwined. If we consider that emotions affect your actions, decision-making, reasoning, thought processes and judgement, we can clearly see the relevance of emotion in the law.   Often lawyers enter the workplace without the emotional competencies needed to meet the demands of an evolving profession. Emotional competency is about how we understand and handle our emotions, as well as identifying and interpreting emotional responses around us. Providing legal professionals with resources to enable them to understand and develop key emotional competencies such as emotional self-awareness, self-reflection and better strategies for emotional self-regulation is one way to equip them more effectively for practice, enhance their wellbeing and potentially reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression.    LawCare and academics at The Open University and the University of Sheffield have developed a new free online resource on emotional competency and professional resilience for the legal community.   The interactive resource, called Fit for Law, is part of an on-going project to promote psychologically and emotionally healthier ways of working within law and was developed based on evidence from focus groups with legal professionals across the UK and Ireland. The course takes 2-4 hours in total to complete but is broken down into smaller sections, and includes videos from legal professionals discussing wellbeing issues as well as a range of interactive activities.   The goal is to foster enhanced wellbeing, to support legal professionals to not just survive, but to also thrive, within a challenging work environment.    In addition to providing resources aimed at individual practitioners, the resources we are developing will include a tool kit for employers, to ...

February 2020 1 posts

DASLS Challenge Cup - Winners 2019/20

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Congratulations to Ashfords, winners of the ‘notoriously difficult’ annual DASLS Challenge Cup Quiz.    Held on 28th January at Las Iguanas, Exeter and overseen by Quizmaster Tony Steiner 12 teams did battle testing their knowledge of Cambridge bridges, caviar, sports personality of the year, the Large Hadron Collider, Taylor Swift and the Swallow Sidecar Company. Who knew that the study of bird eggs is Oology? Only a few knew that rugby legend J P R Williams had also won junior Wimbledon in 1966.   By the last round it was neck and neck and by close of the evening just ½ point separated Ashfords in first place and Michelmores in second. Well done also to the team from Crosse & Crosse coming in at a close third.   This was the final round of the Challenge Cup for 2019/20 and congratulations go to both Ashfords and Michelmores who are joint winners with 18 points each and will share the Cup.       Points 1. Ashfords / Michelmores  18 2. WBW  10 3. Wollens & Tozers 7 4.  Foot Anstey 6 5.   Dunn & Baker 5 6. Pennon Group, DSJLD & Trowers & Hamlins 3 7. Beers, Gilbert Stephens & Crosse & Crosse     2 8.  The Family Law Company & Browne Jacobson 1  ...

January 2020 22 posts

Devon & Somerset Law Society (DASLS) Legal Awards 2020 – The finalists are unveiled.

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We are proud to congratulate the firms and individuals that have been shortlisted for the DASLS Legal Awards 2020. The winners will be announced at the Society’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on 30th April 2020 hosted by David Fitzgerald.   The DASLS Legal Awards are judged by a panel of nine independent judges who commented on the high standard of entries and the number of outstanding legal firms in Devon & Somerset. The Awards recognise the achievements of those who have gone the extra mile to serve their clients, their community and their profession.   CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL SHORTLIST OF FINALISTS...

President's Review - Nigel Lyons

| | Newsletters, January 2020
President's Review - Nigel Lyons
Happy new year to you all!   I have certainly had a very festive few months.   The Taunton Dinner was a great success. Can I say a big thank you to all who attended. We raised an excellent £858.12 with gift aid, for my chosen charity of ‘Step One’. Our guest speaker Chris Robinson brought the history of the south west to life with his after dinner talk.   It was a great pleasure to welcome the Law Society CEO Paul Tennant to the south west when he visited Exeter on the 13 November.   After Paul attended our committee meeting in the morning it was good to participate in the Law Society Gazette Roundtable ‘South West Discussion’ in Exeter. A cross section of local firms sent members of staff to take part in debating various topics that were relevant to our lawyers and their firms’ development. The hour and half flew by. The debate flowed well and it was clear at the end that everyone felt they had their say and were given an opportunity to express their views. Thank you to Paul Tennant for organising this with Eduardo Reyes the Commissioning and Features Editor of The Law Society Gazette chairing the event.   Can I thank those of you who have entered the 2020 DASLS Legal Awards to celebrate and raise the profile of the solicitors’ profession in our area. I must also thank Grow Marketing Group for all their help to enable us to put together an incredible night in celebration of the legal profession and to showcase the achievements and successes within it. Please do not forget to put the DASLS Annual Dinner 2020 at Exeter Cathedral in your diary. The event will take place on the 30th April when we will celebrate and recognise the achievements of those in the legal profession. Don't miss this dazzling occasion.   With that in mind I may I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2020.  I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.   With very best wishes   Nigel Lyons DASLS President 2019-2020...

Happy New Year from DASLS Office

| | Newsletters, January 2020
Happy New Year   It is the morning after! No not that sort of morning after – as I write it’s the morning after the deadline for nominations to be made for the DASLS Legal Awards and we are delighted to announce that we have had significantly more entries than in previous years.  Thank you to everyone who has entered; we look forward to seeing you at Exeter Cathedral on 30th April when the winners will be announced. No doubt there will be another morning after that! Tickets will go on sale once the shortlist has been announced towards the end of January.   Our new recruitment advertising service has started well with good support and our work behind the scenes has seen increased levels of activity on our website. The advertising package includes a job posting on the Law Society Gazette Online Job Board ensuring a national presence at a very cost-effective price. The DASLS Job Board is now the place to go to look at vacancies available across our two counties and all the latest positions are advertised on the back of this Newsletter. Go to DASLS website for more details.   Looking forward we will be working to improve and refine our provision of training events. The DASLS programme has always been responsive to members’ requests and we would be very pleased to hear about seminars that you would like to see included speakers that we might wish to invite. Look out for new Annual Conferences and masterclass sessions.   The County Societies Group will be meeting in February when we will be the guests of the SRA at The Cube. I am sure there will be some interesting discussions about their direction of travel and current operations to report back.   Can it really be 20 years since the Millennium? The economic and political landscape has changed greatly in that time and new challenges and opportunities in the provision of legal services have emerged. I hope that DASLS has evolved and adapted to continue to be relevant and fit for purpose in that time. ...

Interview with Penny Scott, Chair of the Family Law Committee of The Law Society

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Interview with Penny Scott, Chair of the Family Law Committee of The Law Society
What made you want to serve on The Law Society Family Law Committee?    I was impressed by The Law Society’s campaigning over Legal Aid and felt this was an area in which they really stood up for lawyers such as me, working in a strongly Legal Aid practice. I looked at the kind of work done by the Family Law Committee and saw that it was very interesting; I thought it would be stimulating, and it is. What are the key concerns you have at the moment for the legal profession in the South West? They are the same concerns as I have about the national picture: people not having access to justice because of the assault on Legal Aid; chaos in the court system; the unknown impact of Brexit. I know for many firms in the South West there will be a direct impact from Brexit; but for all of us, the threat of recession and increased poverty accompanied by its familiar problems is alarming.   What is your dream job?   If I had not been a lawyer, I’d have enjoyed being a psychiatrist or a private detective – I’m very curious (or nosy) about people. If I was embarking on a new career now, I’d be a gardener or a chef. Which sort of work gives you the most job satisfaction?   I’m motivated by fairness. My job gives me the opportunity to try to achieve a bit more of it.   What gets you up in the morning?   Optimism. What do you do in your spare time?   Gardening, food, reading, films, travel, learning Italian, swimming, my family. I’m very interested in language, generally.   What book are you reading at the moment? Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything Before that, Elmore Leonard – Gold Coast Next, I will be reading Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments.   What is the most recent film you have seen?   Amazing Grace – a documentary about Aretha Franklin In the Loop – (again; it never gets stale)   What are your favourite food / restaurant?   I honestly love food and am happy to go anywhere ...

Overseas with DASLS International Relations Sub-Committee

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DASLS is twinned with a number of local law societies across Europe, and the group fosters and maintains DASLS’ relationships with its Twin Bars.   The Sub-Committee represents DASLS abroad by attending international conferences, but also serves as the first point of contact for any enquiries from international lawyers looking for local legal advice. On occasion, they host foreign lawyers who attend the Exeter Legal Sunday Service and provide funding to send representatives abroad.   Lucy Ferrat, Solicitor with Stephens Scown, attended the Twin Bars annual meetings hosted by Leuven in 2018 and by Rennes in 2019. These conferences are topical and aim to compare legal systems in order to learn from other jurisdictions. For the last two years, the conferences have focused on questions relating to professional regulation. Lucy explains the benefits derived from her involvement with DASLS International Relations Sub-Committee.   “Building our worldwide network   Attending these conferences is an important part of my professional development – the skills acquired are good for business and good for international relations.   Last year, I met fellow IP practitioners from Italy. They explained that they have seen increased demand for advice about accessing the UK market post-Brexit, and were happy to meet someone who they could refer work to if/when the need arises. In turn, I have had the opportunity to refer work abroad with confidence in the person receiving our instructions. This is an essential part of our international practice.   I have found that there is immense value in developing friendships, as well as professional relationships, with the foreign lawyers we meet as part of our work. Repeat attendance has meant I have been able to consolidate relationships forged with other junior lawyers from across the EU – our interests and concerns are markedly similar. We stay in touch throughout the year and it is enriching to hear their (often dif...

Update from Law Society Council Members Kathryn King and Scott Bowen

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Update from Law Society Council Members Kathryn King and Scott Bowen
Having been appointed as Council Members in July 2019, the first two meetings have already flown by. Council met on the 3rd October 2019 and the 5th December 2019. We hope to bring you up to date with developments over the last few months.   Much of this time has been dominated by the word we shall not mention, beginning with “B” and the General Election. A lot of the usual Law Society work has therefore been on hold awaiting the outcome and strategising so as to be prepared for which Government would be in power.   We now know that we have a Conservative Majority Government and whilst many will be happy about that, this may well make some of the Law Society’s campaigning around Access to Justice and Legal Aid a little harder.   Time will tell…..   Prior to Purdah, the Law Society was continuing to support works on funding inquests for people who are unable to access legal aid. The Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee had approved a plan designed for restructuring legal aid provision, into Law Society policy. The plan detailed the Society’s intention to reintroduce early legal advice in family law cases, to reintroduce legal aid in all finance cases, and to bring back legal aid for alleged perpetrators of abuse in domestic violence cases. There were 120 MPs lobbying for change to practice direction 12J (on child arrangements and contact orders involving domestic abuse and harm), for there to be legal representation provided to alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse. It was a major issue that more children were being killed in situations where there is unsafe contact. There have been ongoing discussions about the Flexible operating hours and the pilot. An update is expected on that.   The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) allocation includes a 4.9% increase in real terms to the department’s resource budget from 2019-20 to 2020-21, with £55 million bookmarked for use across the Criminal Justice System to “support the work of 20,000 additional ...

53 clicks ....

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A statistical number from the ‘campaign report’ in respect of the first 5 top links clicked by members looking at the November 2019 Newsletter sent via Mail Chimp. This was my article in between the President’s Letter (no.1 with 56 clicks and the article from PKF Francis Clark (no.3 with 47 clicks) – interesting but not sure what to make of this?    In terms of performance, Mail Chimp tells us “Well, this is exciting. You’re doing great!” with average campaign performance above 32% but when you look more closely …. monique@dasls.com comes up as ‘subscriber with most opens with 209 clicks… well I can assure you I certainly did not click on the Newsletter articles that many times …. but I did post them as drafts, updated them when corrections were needed, proof-read them again before publishing them and finally time to push the SEND button.   Then the perennial question – how do we engage / reach out to the other 70% of our members? What articles would they like to see in DASLS Newsletter and what would really be of interest to them?    2020 … New Year … New Resolution …. Your chance to let us know – we’d love to hear from you!   This brings me to the topic of our Twin / International Bars’ Meeting hosted by DASLS to be held from 5 to 7 June. The working sessions on the Friday will discuss Artificial Intelligence. This is a fascinating if somewhat scary subject and we are all affected by it. It covers so many aspects – algorithms, human rights, ethics etc.   The June 2020 Working Group is putting together the programme and hope to see as many members as possible participating in the AI debate on Friday 5 June. Put the date in your diary now and contact me if you would like to be kept updated as things progress and to receive a copy of the final programme including reserving tickets to take part in the procession at the Legal Service on Sunday 7 June.   There are other ways for you / your firm to be involved –...

Can’t do right, for doing wrong.. The new SRA STARS 2019 - by Trevor Hellawell, ExL Practice Development

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Well, it is all over now. The Election is won, Brexit is confirmed and the future will be what it will be – AND the SRA has implemented its new Standards & Regulations (STARS), effective from 25 November 2019.   2020 has a much calmer (and resigned) outlook than did 2019.   Along with new – and briefer – Accounts Rules and the obligation to adopt the SRA clickable logo, the STARS have ushered in a novel approach to regulation. I mention here the main things that immediately occur to me, but in future months I will be offering some further, more reflective thoughts on the implications of the new regime.   My top 5 thoughts are:   1              Loss of monopoly   We – the learned legal profession - have lost our age-old monopoly over the right to employ ‘solicitors’ to offer legal services to the general public. The tide turned against us on this one some years ago, when the Competition & Markets Authority pointed out that 90% of members of the general public with a legal problem will not go and see a solicitor (mainly as a result of misperceptions about the cost of so doing). This has led to the Transparency Rules 2018 the efficacy of which is yet to be determined, but which has led to a rethink over the marketing challenges facing us in the fight against others (professions, as well as commercial entities) who want to offer the services of a solicitor to our historical client-base. Time will tell whether this will increase our recruitment difficulties.   2              Legal professional privilege   One disadvantage of taking legal advice from a ‘solicitor’ working in a non-regulated environment is that the advice sought and given will probably not benefit from the cloak of legal professional privilege, as it would be given by a solicitor on behalf of a non-regulated business, rather than a law firm. Recent Law Society publications have mentioned this drawback, but it is one thing that the SRA c...

Closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund-how will this affect you?

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Closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund-how will this affect you?
Partners in firms that have closed since 2000 and some employees of such firms may face claims for negligence after 30 September 2020 and may not have the benefit of professional indemnity insurance cover (PII).  Many of them are unaware of the risk they face if the firm closed without a successor practice regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).   The History of Solicitors Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)   Up until 31 August 2000, the profession self-insured through the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). SIF provided firms with the compulsory level of cover and if firms closed before September 2000 then run off cover protection was provided without time limitation.   Back in 1999, after the large number of claims in the 1990’s it was recognised that the mutual fund had been an expensive means of providing cover for the profession and that the open market could provide a cheaper alternative for the majority of firms. The Council of the Law Society  did not favour the open market solution as it recognised that the 1990s recession had been a difficult time and that the open market may not be a comfortable place when markets hardened. However, the profession was balloted and as a result, it was decided that firms would go to the open market.   The Law Society negotiated minimum terms and conditions (MTC) with insurers, providing far better protection than is normally available in the open commercial market. Insurers in the open market accepted these terms and there have been, despite fluctuating numbers, sufficient numbers of insurers to make the scheme viable. The terms of cover have broadly been maintained by the SRA.  Generally speaking, over time many firms have paid less for their insurance than they would have done if SIF had been retained.   The cover for solicitors’ negligence claims is provided on a ‘claims made’ basis, which means that insurance needs to be in place at the time when a claim is made and notified. T...

DASLS AGM 2020 CALL FOR MEMBERS TO STAND FOR ELECTION - ACT NOW!

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Please help shape the future of your local Law Society.   The main Committee is at the heart of the work and decision making of DASLS and also helps to co-ordinate the important work of the many Sub-Committees. As a result membership of the main Committee can make a real difference to the Society and to the working life of solicitors across our two counties.   The Committee is made up of the Officers of the Society together with (see Articles §7.1.5) “not less than 10 or more than 40 elected members”.   If you would like any further information please contact the Honorary Secretary Chris Hart. - chris.hart@wollens.co.uk   Elections will take place at the 28 April 2020 AGM at the Exeter Golf & Country Club.   Contact DASLS office on 01392 366333 or email monique@dasls.com if you would like further information. Click below for the nomination form which must be completed and returned by 31 January.   nomination-form-for-dasls-main-committee-agm-2020-election ...

Time Limited Mediations – thoughts from the recent CMC Conference

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In November I attended the annual conference of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and share below three issues raised there.   Those issues were access to mediation for mid-level cases, the increasing numbers of defended county court claims and the effectiveness of half day (or time limited) mediations for more complex disputes.   Particular concerns were expressed by speakers  about the availability of mediation services for disputes falling between the small claims limit and larger High Court actions, a ‘gap’ which the  Civil Justice Council Working party final report on ADR (https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/new-report-on-alternative-dispute-resolution/ ) had identified as a concern.   These are disputes, generally in the range  £10,000 to £100,000, where the sums involved are too high to trigger the involvement of the court appointed Small Claims Mediation Service (although the lack of availability of that service in practice, even for small claims, was also a recurrent theme at the conference) but at a level where the legal costs involved in mediating (to which the mediation fee is of course only a small part) could still present a significant barrier to the use of mediation or ADR.   Of course, for DASLS members that gap is not an issue as they have, unlike solicitors in much of the rest of the country, their own mediation panel of experienced mediators available to mediate such cases. As one of only two (together with Manchester) ‘pilot’ providers of a court scheme for such cases the DASLS panel is at the forefront of seeking ways solicitors and clients with mid-range claims can access mediation as an alternative to Court proceedings. As Jeremy Ferguson reported, in the September edition of this newsletter, the availability of that scheme has in cooperation with the court service and judiciary recently been extended to all Devon Courts.   Secondly, the CMC conference  heard that demand for mediation for such cases  has been ...

Joint Medico-Legal Meeting with Torquay & District Medical Society

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Joint Medico-Legal Meeting with Torquay & District Medical Society
Thursday 27th February 2020 AT 7.30 P.M. The IMPERIAL HOTEL TORQUAY   From Glamour to Gore - the Life of a Make-up Artist  Sharon Anniss  Sharon is a professional hair & make-up artist who covers all aspects of hair & make-up including for film, TV and photography.   20 years ago, Sharon followed a lifelong ambition to work in TV & film, deciding to train as a professional make-up artist. She now has a successful career in that industry.   In 2015 and 2016 Sharon worked for the BBC on its drama series "The Coroner" which was filmed all around the South Hams area.   To reserve your place go to https://torquaymedsoc.com/book-february-meeting and make sure you tick the box confirming that you are attending as a DASLS member.   Sharon Anniss with Harry Enfield in