Business Continuity and Coronavirus planning from partner DictateNow

| | Newsletters, March 2020
6 March
Mar 6
6th March 2020

    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 outbre...

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

| | Newsletters, March 2020
6 March
Mar 6
6th March 2020

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 fo...

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

| | Newsletters, March 2020
6 March
Mar 6
6th March 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 spottin...

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

| | Newsletters, March 2020
6 March
Mar 6
6th March 2020

  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, ...

Are you Fit for Law? By LawCare

| | Newsletters, March 2020
6 March
Mar 6
6th March 2020

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 profes...

President's Review - Nigel Lyons

| | Newsletters, January 2020
7 January
Jan 7
7th January 2020

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 Novembe...

Happy New Year from DASLS Office

| | Newsletters, January 2020
7 January
Jan 7
7th 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 l...

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

| | Newsletters, January 2020
7 January
Jan 7
7th January 2020

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 We...

Overseas with DASLS International Relations Sub-Committee

| | Newsletters, January 2020
7 January
Jan 7
7th January 2020

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 ...

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