| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
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02nd September 2019

I hope you have all enjoyed your summer holidays. All in all the weather in the south west was very good.   I would be grateful if you could ensure you get your nominations to us for the 2020 Devon and Somerset Legal Awards and raise the profile of the solicitors’ profession. Grow Marketing Group is again working with us to help to give the associated firms and individuals the significant public exposure they deserve. They help us to put together an incredible night in celebration of the le...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

We have exciting plans for the launch of our new recruitment service detailed below. We have thought about this for some time given the disruption to the recruitment market by the internet and the change in the way that firms and candidates come together. The result is a new opportunity for DASLS to create a recruitment hub that will support DASLS member firms and organisations to recruit candidates directly.   Our course programme is busy from late September through to November when we will also host our annual Practice Management Conference on 20th November. This year our headline speaker is Matt Massias, a former premier league FA referee who combines his sporting background with innov...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

GDPR has become part of everyday life but as Tom Chartres-Moore an Associate at Stephens Scown and Director of NuBright explains human error is the greatest risk to professional firms of exposure to a data breach. DASLS members Stephens Scown have worked with the BlueGrass Group to provide a training platform that will help firms improve awareness of how breaches occur. GDPR is now in full swing, enabling the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), to levy large fines for breaches or for failing to take proper care of customer and personal data. The biggest cause of data breaches is close to home. It’s human error.   The ICO has said that over 85% of breaches are due to human mista...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

Introduction   The SRA is currently conducting the second of its 2 thematic reviews for 2019. It has called for copies of 400 law firms’ risk assessments to assess the extent to which firms are integrating the more-detailed requirements of the 2017 Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.   This follows their first review, reported on in May 2019, into trust and company service providers (TCSP) – a survey of 59 firms only but indicative, nonetheless.   That published review identified a n...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

What made you want to serve on The Law Society Council?   I have been involved in The Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (“JLD”) for a while and have met some incredible people who inspired me to do more for the profession as a whole rather than just the JLD. They opened my eyes to the possibility of serving on Council and although I never dreamed that anyone would vote for me in the election, I am immensely proud to have been proved wrong.   The challenges we face are evolving. T...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

There is usually a belief that underlies every problem that people perceive.   So what are beliefs and where do they come from?   A belief is a statement about reality that you believe to be the truth.   Our initial core beliefs are formed in childhood from parents, teachers and society.  We interpret the world every day, through the filter of these core beliefs.  I like to call them our personal rule book.   But the beliefs we hold are not necessarily the truth and they stop servi...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

And so began the honour of being invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this summer!   In fact, the surprise of the royal envelope arriving in April, complete with the gold embossed invitation printed on the thickest card imaginable and plenty of detailed instructions for the day, wasn’t unexpected although it was still exciting to open the envelope and read the contents from cover to cover.    Back in January I’d been contacted by Sarah Richards, the Law Society’s Relations...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

From Shylock to Antonio in The Merchant of Venice – “go with me to a notary, seal me there” to Scarlett Johannson’s leather clad notary for Stark Industries in Iron Man 2, the term “notary public” may be used in common parlance, but what on earth does it mean?   With its genesis in the Roman era, the modern-day notary public is a member of the smallest and oldest branch of the legal profession (there are around 770 practising notaries in England and Wales). A notary’s signature and seal of office gives legal authenticity to a document, which can then be relied on by overseas individuals and institutions, so the notarisation therefore is the official fraud deterrent process. ...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

As everyone knows the Society ran a very successful Small Claims Mediation scheme between 2002 and 2008 which was brought to an end by the MOJ who substituted its own scheme. However, following the Briggs Report, that scheme has been restricted to cases of up to £3,000 in value and cases over that figure are now being referred to our mediators including cases well outside the Small Claims limit. Initially this was under a Pilot Scheme which started in February 2018 but the Court has now ordered that our scheme shall now become an official part of the court process in the South West!   A document is now appearing on Court notice boards and flyers are being sent to litigants to confirm tha...

| | Newsletters, September 2019
2 September
Sep 2
02nd September 2019

Whilst the Solicitors PII market has become more challenging it is perhaps not quite as hard as people predicted it to be, at the moment. Despite this, with 1st October approaching, things are likely to get even tougher.   There are certain elements and profile of practice whereby the market has hardened, which will naturally have an impact on the pricing that certain firms receive. The worst affected legal practices in terms of premium or rate increases are likely to be those with claims i...

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