Update from Law Society Council Members Kathryn King and Scott Bowen

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

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 Gov...

53 clicks ....

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

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 ...

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

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

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 monop...

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

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

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...

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

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

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 a...

Time Limited Mediations – thoughts from the recent CMC Conference

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

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 a...

Joint Medico-Legal Meeting with Torquay & District Medical Society

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

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 worke...

The Right Fit – Why choosing your broker is key to you and your business

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

Louise Chagas Vice President Global Professional & Financial Risks Lockton   It must be incredibly difficult for the Legal Profession to determine which broker they should trust to place their professional insurances with, especially when being approached by multiple brokers all reporting to be specialists.   Your Professional Indemnity premium is likely to be the third largest spend annually after staff and premises costs. However, it is possibly one of the most critical spen...

Janet Taylor, Director and SRA expert at PKF Francis Clark

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

Expert in the house   Janet Taylor is a well-known name in the legal sector. One of the UK’s top legal trainers, Janet is renowned for taking the complexity out of the SRA Accounts Rules. Over the years, hundreds of law firms have turned to her business for expert advice to boost their growth and profitability.   Janet joined PKF Francis Clark as a Director in 2018 and is based out of the firm’s Poole office, providing training and legal accountancy services to law firms right across ...

Tackling the threat of cyber crime by sponsor Barclays

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

Today I take a look at the fast-evolving cyber-crime landscape and how professional services firms can protect themselves from attack.   Cyber Crime Today   Professional Services firms operate in an increasingly data-driven, online world. Data has become critical to the way firms operate and more and more of it is being stored digitally.   As firms continue to operate online and store information in the cloud, the threat of cyber-crime continues to grow.   Cyber attacks against organ...

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