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September 2020 6 posts

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
WBW Solicitors is one of the largest legal practices in the South West, with offices based in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Exeter, Bovey Tracey, Launceston, Exmouth, Sidmouth & Honiton. With clearly defined divisions catering for business and private clients, our teams are able to offer the very best legal advice through a full range of legal services, across a wide range of areas and commercial sectors. We reward our hard-working staff with flexibility, competitive salaries with a generous holiday plan and a fantastic benefits package.   The role: WBW Solicitors has a rare opportunity for an experienced solicitor to join our family team based in Launceston. We are seeking an enthusiastic, experienced person to join our busy family department to provide exceptional client care, to work as part of a team and to provide advice on a wide range of family law matters to include: divorce, civil partnership, separation, cohabitee issues, family finance and children matters. A knowledge of the legal aid system would also be desirable.   Experience: The successful candidate will need to be able to manage large workloads effectively and be productive under pressure. You should be well experienced in family matters providing legal support across a range of family law matters, be personable, articulate and enjoy working both in an individual role and as an integral part of the team. Previous experience with case management systems would be an advantage. Excellent knowledge and evidence of understanding family law will be crucial at interview stages.   Quality: To make sure that quality standards are understood and adhered to at all times.  To promote a high quality of service and to maintain file administration, carry out reviews as directed and comply with the firm’s quality standards policies and procedures outlined in the firm’s Practice Manual.  To adhere to the firm’s Equality and Diversity Policy at all times.   Profitability: To achiev...

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
  Due to a pending retirement, we are seeking a residential property Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer or Legal Executive with at least 5 years PQE, to work as part of our strong team in our Bridgwater office.  You will need experience of managing your own caseload to include new builds, freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, from instruction through to completion.  Agricultural experience would be an advantage, but is not essential.   Key skills required are familiarity with CQS accreditation and procedures, the ability to handle a full and varied caseload, excellent communication, client care and organisational skills, as well as a friendly and approachable personality to satisfy the needs of our longstanding clients and referrers.   As well as a good salary, dependant on experience, additional benefits include death in service, free on-site parking, company pension scheme, together with the possibility of some home working if desired.  Full-time dedicated support is provided as well as a supportive working environment.   If you wish to apply or would like further details, please contact our Managing Partner, Stephen Forsey, at stephen.forsey@amicuslaw.co.uk  ...

| | Jobs, Civil Litigation & Personal Injury
  We have a great opportunity for a solicitor or Legal Executive to join our growing Dispute Resolution Department working within our Kingsbridge office. Applications are encouraged from solicitors/Legal Executives of around 0-2 years PQE.   The ideal candidate will: • have experience of handling a property litigation caseload • have experience of some or all of the following areas:   o commercial and residential landlord and tenant  o disputes concerning easements/restrictive covenants including injunctive proceedings  o boundary disputes  o property damage claims  o the Party Wall Act  o contested leasehold renewals and enfranchisements • enjoy networking and building client relationships; • share our enthusiasm for excellent client care; and • have the enthusiasm to take an active role in the continued development of our Dispute Resolution department. Working for Bartons: • competitive, market rate salary; • excellent opportunities for career progression; • the opportunity to take a central role in the development of the firm’s property litigation offering; • a supportive working environment with importance placed on a healthy work / life balance Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Anne Rogers at a.rogers@bartons.co.uk...

| | Jobs, Management, Administration & Secretarial
We are seeking enthusiastic client-focussed legal secretaries to work full time with our existing conveyancing teams.  Based in Barnstaple in North Devon and Kingsbridge in South Devon, we strive to achieve a positive work-life balance to enable our staff to enjoy the stunning and diverse countryside and activities this location has to offer.   If you are a friendly, efficient, flexible and personable individual who has the ability to assist fees earners with their busy caseloads of residential and commercial transactions we want to hear from you.  You will be able to build relationships with clients, agents and others in order to assist with moving transactions to completion whilst ensuring that client needs are met, and issues are dealt with promptly.   We are looking for someone with a solid knowledge of the residential conveyancing process, including Land Registry procedures and CQS protocol requirements.  We will expect you to be comfortable working within a team and independently.   Barnstaple Role:   You will be a competent audio typist, experienced in using Microsoft Outlook, Word and the HM Land Registry portal.  You will be confident taking initial enquiries from clients and assisting with urgent matters under pressure.  Experience of the DPS case management system, Lender Exchange and LMS portals will be an advantage although full training will be given.   This position is a full time role working predominantly for one fee earner and assisting the other conveyancing assistants and occasionally reception as required, particularly during holidays and other staff absences.   Kingsbridge Role:   We also have a vacancy for a conveyancing assistant to assist our conveyancing team in Kingsbridge on a short term contract, either remotely from Barnstaple or in our Kingsbridge office.  This role can be full or part time and may lead to a permanent position.  For this role, audio typing is not essential.   If you have a great attitud...

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
  FAMILY LAWYER required for expanding team in North Devon.     Would suit pro-active lawyer keen to make their mark by developing a Family practice within an already thriving team.   Minimum of 2yrs PQE   Either Solicitor or FCILEx   Competitive salary & bonus package   CV to julia.busfield@sleeblackwell.co.uk ...

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
Talented Family Law Solicitor needed to join fastest growing family law team in South West (Winners Modern Law Awards 2020 – Boutique Practice (11+ Employees)).   The successful candidate will already have trained as a mediator or will wish to add mediation qualification to their professional skills (we can provide a route to accreditation)   About Us We were founded by Ian Walker in 2003. We have grown from being simply Ian and a computer to a team of 12 solicitors and mediators. We believe that we now have a team of family lawyers as strong as anyone else in the South-West.   Ian Walker trained as a mediator in 1996 and was one of the first solicitors to gain mediation accreditation with Resolution. He is currently accredited with both the FMC and the Law Society. Ian is accredited for consultation with children in mediation and is also a PPC. Ian is a former trustee of the Family Mediators Association and is a current member of Resolution’s DR Committee. Ian is also the long-standing chair of the Devon region of Resolution. Lauren Preedy, Head of our Divorce Team is Chair of Somerset Resolution.   We hold a legal aid contract for mediation and can provide a route to mediation accreditation.   We are based in modern offices in Exeter and have a network of offices/locations from where we meet clients which is currently: Bath, Bristol, Honiton, Plymouth, Shaftesbury, Taunton, Torquay, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare and Yeovil. We are open to this network expanding further. As well as being the winners of the Modern Law Awards 2020 – Boutique Law Firm (11+ employees), Ian was also highly commended in the Law Society Recognising Excellence Awards 2019 in the category of practice manager.   We are committed to being a friendly and inclusive practice and making best use of technology to enable us to deliver the best legal and mediation services as a modern practice.   The Role   Family Law specialist solicitor   You will be part of our Pr...

August 2020 6 posts

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
    Wollens have a vacancy for a Property Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive / Residential Conveyancer to work in the firm’s brand new South Devon Office based in the heart of Torquay.   This is an attractive opportunity to join a progressive and professional team who will be working together in purpose built, modern offices which are part of the Torwood Street development. Wollens investment in the new South Devon office brings staff and clients together in the very best environment with a fully functional client area, break out rooms, staff facilities along with everything you would expect from a new modern building.   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.   We consider our people to be our most valuable asset and therefore, offer continual opportunities for support and professional development.   Applicants from the Exeter area are welcome to apply as we will consider candidates who could work from our Exeter office, based in Cathedral Green the heart of the city centre.   Contact details joinus@wollens.co.uk...

| | Jobs, Locum Assignments
  Wanted  - Locum for highly regarded, specialist family team at Wolferstans, Plymouth. To assist with divorce, private law children caseloads during a series of holiday absences. 3 years + PQE. Complete electronic files and case management, WFH or office based. Possible permanent position available but wish to do this not a requirement. Immediate vacancy.   For application/details contact Emma Evans eevans@wolferstans.com...

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
  Crosse Wyatt Solicitors are seeking an experienced non-contentious solicitor (5years+ PQE) to work full-time at our office in South Molton to fulfil and develop an existing caseload dealing mainly with residential conveyancing (complying with CQS requirements) but ideally also with the ability to undertake commercial and agricultural conveyancing and other non-contentious property and private client matters. Applicant must be able to manage their own caseload and be a proactive and co-operative member of a small team who are dedicated to the provision of an excellent service to a well-established client base, but will be able to call on the support of experienced colleagues where required.   Salary is negotiable based on experience and ability. The post will allow career development opportunities. To apply for the post please send letter of application and current CV to nigel.ayre@crossewyatt-solicitors.co.uk...

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
  Residential Conveyancer – Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer, Legal Executive   We are currently looking to recruit a Residential Conveyancer to join our Conveyancing Department at our Exeter office.   Dunn & Baker Solicitors are a progressive and forward thinking legal practice who are committed to providing a high level of service to all clients.   The ideal candidate will be qualified as a solicitor, legal executive or experienced conveyancing executive, with proven experience of working in a busy Conveyancing team as a fee earner. They will possess previous Conveyancing experience and be confident managing their own busy caseload. They will ensure transactions proceed as smoothly and quickly as possible and offer a high-quality property service. They will possess strong communication skills and inspire confidence with clients and possess the ability to keep a cool head when under pressure.   Dunn & Baker Solicitors are offering for the right individual excellent prospects for career development and also a competitive salary.   A DBS check is required for this post. 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...

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
  We are recruiting for a Lawyer to be a part of the South West’s leading and largest specialist Family Law firm of 24 lawyers, based in Exeter or Plymouth. You will manage a primarily legally aided caseload and provide advice and representation on the full range of issues relating to a variety of family law matters. With significant technology investment you will carry out your role backed by good case management software and home working equipment.  You will be well supported by paralegals and administrative staff, supervision, training and a mentoring programme. The Family Law Company are committed to flexible working and encourage a healthy work/life balance.  As our ideal candidate you will: •Be a qualified legal professional or a very experienced paralegal looking to advance their career. •Have experience of managing legally aided cases. •Be client focused. •Be used to working with case management systems. Our multi award winning team is one of the largest in the country and has unrivalled experience in supporting vulnerable individuals. Our family team includes members of the Law Society’s Children Panel Accreditation Scheme as well as Resolution Accredited Specialists. Why choose the Family Law Company? The Family Law Company is a multi award winning, specialist law firm with a strong commitment to the future growth and development of the business. We adopt an approachable and down to earth attitude. We ensure our firm provides an exciting place for long term career development and progression with many of our employees having started their careers as support staff.   Applications with CV to karen.burwood@thefamilylawco.com  ...

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
We are seeking a family mediator to join our team. This could be a lawyer mediator or a pure family mediator.   We currently have more mediation enquiries than we can reasonably deal with.   Ideally the successful candidate will be accredited with the FMC or Law Society – but we will also consider candidates who have completed their core training and who are working towards qualification.   Full-time/part-time/employed/consultant? We are happy to be flexible over the employment arrangement of the successful candidate. We are happy to consider a range of options from part-time consultant (fee share) to full-time (employed).   Pure mediator or lawyer mediator? We are happy to consider candidates who are qualified lawyers and who would also wish to run a legal caseload in addition to a mediation caseload. We are also open to the right candidate becoming head of our mediation team.   Pay Reasonable Fee Share or market rate salary both an option (our normal fee share arrangement is 50/50 of fees recovered).   About Us We were founded by Ian Walker in 2003. We have grown from being simply Ian and a computer to a team of 12 solicitors and mediators. We believe that we now have a team of family lawyers as strong as anyone else in the South-West. Ian Walker trained as a mediator in 1996 and was one of the first solicitors to gain mediation accreditation with Resolution. He is currently accredited with both the FMC and the Law Society. Ian is accredited for consultation with children in mediation and is also a PPC. Ian is a former trustee of the Family Mediators Association and is a current member of Resolution’s DR Committee. Ian is also the long-standing chair of the Devon region of Resolution. We hold a legal aid contract for mediation. We are based in modern offices in Exeter and have a network of offices/locations from where we meet clients which is currently: Bath, Bristol, Honiton, Plymouth, Shaftesbury, Taunton, Torquay, Wells, Westo...

July 2020 10 posts

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
  Residential Conveyancing Solicitor – Street Office   Our Street office is looking for a residential property Solicitor with 5 years plus PQE to work within the team and manage their own caseload to include new builds, freehold, leasehold, sales & purchases transactions from instruction through to completion.   Key skills required Familiarity with CQS accreditation and procedures Handling caseloads relating to residential conveyancing transactions Dealing with purchase, transfer, re mortgage and sales transactions Liaison with clients, estate agents, commercial agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors Supervision and organisation of paralegals in the team Excellent communication, client care and organisational skills required This role would suit an ambitious Solicitor who is looking to take the next step in their career. If you enjoy working in a fast paced environment, have a bright and enthusiastic approach and are keen to join a highly regarded firm this could be the perfect opportunity for you. We believe in promotion from within and encourages continuous training and personal enhancement. As well as an excellent salary of £35,000-40,000 depending on experience additional benefits will be discussed at interview and include: Free on-site parking Company Pension with 3% employer contributions Company events & social hours (Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week)  To apply for the vacancy please email a CV and covering letter to the managing partner david.sinclair@acornsolicitors.co.uk....

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
  We are looking for someone who has extensive experience commercial property and some residential conveyancing who would like to join a friendly team.   Acorn Solicitors have offices in Taunton and Street Somerset, the role would be based in the Taunton office. We have a strong loyal client base having been established in the Taunton and Street area for 11 years. Our fee earners are all specialists in their respective fields and act for a wide range of commercial and private sector clients.   Our aim is to recruit dynamic, forward thinking individuals who wish to be part of our growth and who share the firm's core values.   The Role: Advising on freehold and leasehold transactions Conduct of lease extensions Ability to act on the sale or purchase of businesses Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrate leadership skills Ability to work under pressure within a busy office A good breadth of knowledge in this area Familiarity with CQS and lender requirements Requirements: 2 years+ PQE in Residential & Commercial Property Experience within corporate law would be a bonus Able to work autonomously on complex legal matters Track of record of achieving career, financial (including fee targets) and business development goals; Enthusiasm to engage in networking and business development; Clear demonstrable ability and keenness to build and maintain client and referrer relationships; Self-motivated team player Ambition to progress Excellent administration and organisational skills; Professional but friendly and approachable Salary: £32,000-£40,000 depending on experience   To apply for the vacancy please email a CV and covering letter to the managing partner david.sinclair@acornsolicitors.co.uk...

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
Solicitor– Family Law Symonds Solicitors is a Devon based law practice based in the centre of the busy city of Plymouth.  We have a senior vacancy for a Solicitor to join our leading and well-established Family Law firm. The successful candidate will possess significant experience of handling a varied family law caseload with the confidence to work largely independently. The role will be based in our office in the beautiful area of the Crescent on Plymouth Hoe. Salary will be dependent upon experience and calibre of the candidate, but we are willing to consider any candidates with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience. Personal Specification: - Be a qualified Solicitor with a minimum of 2 years experience. - Relevant experience of management of a varied family law caseload including but not limited to divorce and separation, pre and post nuptial arrangements, cohabitation and TOLATA, Children contact and residence, financial and property disputes and pension claims. - Excellent communication and client care skills. - Ability to deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information. - Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with clients and other business sources. - Ability to work well under pressure within stipulated timescales and meet deadlines. - Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise effectively. - Enjoy working in a team and ability to work using own initiative. - Empathetic whilst dealing with sensitive issues. - Strong attention to detail. - Modern IT skills. - Professional and positive work attitude with the ability to embrace change. - Willingness to attend courses and webinars to increase knowledge and understanding. - Ability to work towards and meet the firm’s core competencies. - Commitment to the firm and the ability to provide a confident and positive input. - Ability to take responsibility and ownership for the success of the firm and their own development. - Ability and will...

| | Jobs, Civil Litigation & Personal Injury
  Solicitor/Legal Executive – Disputes and Litigation Team – Contentious Probate    Wolferstans is a Devon based modern law practice with a strong heritage of over 200 years, based in the centre of the busy city of Plymouth with satellite offices in Plympton and Plymstock.   We have a senior vacancy for a Solicitor or qualified Legal Executive to join our leading and well-established Disputes & Litigation Department – Contentious Probate role.   The successful candidate will possess significant experience of handling a varied contentious probate caseload with the confidence to work largely independently.   The role can be undertaken through a combination of homeworking and time at our North Hill office in Plymouth.  We are willing to consider varied and flexible arrangements which can be agreed based on your needs.   Salary will be dependent upon experience and calibre of the candidate, but we are willing to consider any candidates with a minimum of two years’ experience.   Personal Specification: Be a qualified Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive. Relevant experience of management of a varied contentious probate caseload including but not limited to will validity, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, proprietary estoppel and will rectification claims, trust disputes and alternative dispute resolution. Advocacy experience. Excellent communication and client care skills. Ability to deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information. Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with clients and other business sources. Ability to work well under pressure within stipulated timescales and meet deadlines. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise effectively. Enjoy working in a team and ability to work using own initiative. Empathetic whilst dealing with sensitive issues. Strong attention to detail. Modern IT skills. Professional and positive work attitude w...

| | Jobs, Employment
Solicitor/Legal Executive – Employment Team   Wolferstans is a Devon based modern law practice with a strong heritage of over 200 years, based in the centre of the busy city of Plymouth with satellite offices in Plympton and Plymstock.   An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a growing Employment Team within a successful and expanding Business Services Department. We are looking for a talented, confident advisor with experience in providing employment law advice. There is a readymade case load for the right candidate with opportunities to become involved in advising, marketing, business development and to continue building upon the success experienced to date.   We have a strong local reputation and client base and wish to maximise our opportunity to grow further. Our client base consists of large local businesses, schools, higher education establishments, medium sized owner-manged enterprises, start-ups and individuals. The existing case load is a mix of non-contentious and Tribunal work with a focus on non-contentious advice for local schools and businesses. We also regularly provide TUPE support to other Teams within the Department.    We are happy to consider a wide range of candidates, from those who have recently qualified, to those with several years of experience. We are looking for somebody who is highly IT literate, personable and confident to give on the spot advice by telephone or to tight deadlines. The ability to maintain and develop good client relationships is key, and the ideal candidate will be keen to become involved in business development activities.   The Team is forward thinking, and we embrace modern ways of working to include a paper-light office. Home-working is encouraged while staff development and well-being is a focus for the Firm.     Personal Specification: Conducted work that includes advising employers (non-contentious work). Experience of either Tribunal work and/or advising within the education se...

| | Jobs, Civil Litigation & Personal Injury
  Solicitor/Legal Executive – Disputes and Litigation Team – Civil Litigation   Wolferstans is a Devon based modern law practice with a strong heritage of over 200 years, based in the centre of the busy city of Plymouth with satellite offices in Plympton and Plymstock.   We have a senior vacancy for a Solicitor or qualified Legal Executive to join our leading and well-established Disputes & Litigation Department – Civil Litigation Role.   The successful candidate will possess significant experience of handling a varied civil litigation case load with the confidence to work largely independently.   The role can be undertaken through a combination of homeworking and time at our North Hill office in Plymouth.  We are willing to consider varied and flexible arrangements which can be agreed based on your needs.   Salary will be dependent upon experience and calibre of the candidate, but we are willing to consider any candidates with a minimum of two years’ experience.   Personal Specification:   Be a qualified Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive. Relevant experience of management of a varied civil litigation case load, including property related disputes (commercial and residential), commercial contracts disputes, money claims and alternative dispute resolution. Advocacy experience. Excellent communication and client care skills. Ability to deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information. Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with clients and other business sources. Ability to work well under pressure within stipulated timescales and meet deadlines. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise effectively. Enjoy working in a team and ability to work using own initiative. Empathetic whilst dealing with sensitive issues. Strong attention to detail. Modern IT skills. Professional and positive work attitude with the ability to embrace change. Willingness to attend courses a...

| | Jobs, Commercial Property
  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 into our busy commercial property department. The role will undertake a wide range of commercial property transactions including leases, secured lending, landlord and tenant and buying and selling of freehold commercial properties and businesses.   We are seeking applications from qualified solicitors who ideally have a minimum of 1 years pqe in dealing with all aspects of commercial property.   We are offering for the right individual excellent prospects for career development and also a competitive salary. A DBS check is required for this post. 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  ...

| | Jobs, Commercial Litigation
Samuels Solicitors LLP are looking for an experienced commercial litigator to join its busy team in North Devon.   2+ years PQE as a minimum Salary dependent on experience   We are seeking an experienced commercial litigator to work either part time or full time, depending  on the applicant, within our very busy existing litigation team.  Based in Barnstaple in North Devon, we strive to achieve a positive work-life balance to enable our staff to enjoy living in stunning North Devon.   If you are friendly, efficient and flexible, capable of handling a busy caseload using our state of the art case management system, we want to hear from you.  You will be able to build relationships quickly with colleagues, clients and counsel, in order to maintain our high standards.   We are looking for someone with a solid knowledge of commercial litigation, County and High Court procedures, and ADR. If you have any experience of working within our niche areas of expertise (professional negligence, defamation, inheritance disputes and property disputes), that will be a big advantage.   You will be a qualified solicitor or legal executive with the ability to work independently and the confidence to deal with urgent matters under pressure. We are open to the right candidate mixing home working with time in the office.   We will expect you to be comfortable working within a team and independently and you will need to be an excellent communicator.  There will be opportunity to publish articles on our website and also to provide input in marketing our services.   If you have a great attitude and enjoy providing an excellent service to clients we would love to hear from you.   Please send your CV with a covering letter setting out what you would bring to the role to exc@samuels-solicitors.co.uk with the subject line: “Commercial Litigation Application”. Please include all your details and salary expectations.   Applicants who are successful on applic...

| | Jobs, Residential Conveyancing / Gen. Non Contentious
Samuels Solicitors LLP are looking for two experienced conveyancers to join their busy property teams in Barnstaple and Kingsbridge.   2 – 5+ years PQE Salary dependent on experience   We are seeking enthusiastic client-focussed conveyancers to work full or part time with our existing conveyancing teams.  Based in Barnstaple in North Devon and Kingsbridge in South Devon, we strive to achieve a positive work-life balance to enable our staff to enjoy the stunning and diverse countryside and activities these locations have to offer.   If you are a friendly, efficient, flexible and personable individual who can handle a busy caseload of residential and possibly some commercial transactions we want to hear from you.  You will be able to build relationships with clients, agents and other conveyancers in order to efficiently move transactions to completion whilst ensuring that client needs are met, and issues are dealt with promptly.   We are looking for someone with a solid knowledge of residential conveyancing, including unregistered land, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.  You will be a qualified solicitor, legal executive or be working towards your Ilex qualifications with good advising skills and the confidence to deal with urgent matters under pressure.   We will expect you to be comfortable working within a team and independently and an excellent communicator.  There will be opportunity to publish articles on our website and also to provide input in marketing.   If you have a great attitude and enjoy providing an excellent service to clients we would love to hear from you.   Please send your CV with a covering letter setting out what you would bring to the role to exc@samuels-solicitors.co.uk with the subject line: “Conveyancer Application”. Please include all your details and salary expectations.   Applicants who are successful on application will be notified by email to schedule an interview....

| | Jobs, Matrimonial / Family / Children
  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 - 1. You will either have detailed knowledge of the relevant law and case law, or be developing that knowledge. 2. You will be a Child Panel member or intend to work towards this qualification. 3. You will have excellent IT skills. 4. You will be team player. 5. You will be focussed on providing exceptional service and advice to your clients. 6. Knowledge of the legal aid rules and regulations would be helpful. 7. You will manage your files so that they are compliant with LEXCEL and legal aid agency regulations. 8. 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 focussed practice with plans and ambitions to grow our specialist sectors.   Please contact William Giles with your CV. 01752 827912 wg@wysolicitors.co.uk...

May 2020 1 posts

| | Social Events, Blogging
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March 2020 18 posts

| | Latest News, Blogging
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....

| | Newsletters, March 2020
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...

| | 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 ...

| | 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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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...

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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...

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    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 ...

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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   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...

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  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...

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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 ...

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February 2020 5 posts

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This meeting will be virtual using Zoom Web Conferencing - enquries to tony@dasls.com...

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Tuesday 20th October 2020 commencing at 4.00 p.m. by Zoom web conferencing. Any member wishing to attend as observer, please contact monique@dasls.com...

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Thursday 22nd October 2020 commencing at 2.30 p.m. by Zoom web conferencing.   Any member wishing to attend as observer, please contact monique@dasls.com...

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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  ...

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Conveyancing Law Update Tuesday 29th September 2020 10.00 am - 12.00 noon - this Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time. Speaker: Richard Snape SRA Competence B   Conveyancing continues to undergo major changes.  In particular, estate rent charges continue to cause problems and there is detailed guidance on conveyancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Topics covered include: The latest on Coronavirus Estate rent charges Latest on ground rents and mortgage requirements Septic tank replacement The latest TA6 enquiries The conveyancing Protocol Recent case law SPEAKER - Richard Snape has been the Head of Professional Support at Davitt Jones Bould since 2002. He speaks at numerous courses for law societies all over the country, various public courses, in-house seminars within solicitors firms and has also talked extensively to local authorities and central government bodies. His areas of specialism include both commercial and residential property, in particular in relation to local government law, conveyancing issues, development land, commercial property and incumbrances in relation to land.   FEES DASLS Members/Affiliates/Associates: £80.00 + VAT (£96.00) Non-members: £100.00 + VAT (£120.00)   We will provide a VAT invoice for payment. (BACS payment preferred) 3 for 2 offer! Book 3 places on this webinar and get the cheapest FREE!...

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How to Advise on Enquiries and Additional Searches in Light of the 2019 Protocol Wednesday 30th September 2020 10.00 am - 12.00 noon - this Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time. Speaker: Richard Snape SRA Competence B   Advice on response to enquiries is a major area within conveyancing, especially in the light of fraud enquiries and Mishcon de Reya.  The 2019 Protocol and Code for Completion by Post amount to substantial changes in this area. In addition, giving advice on searches and when to have additional searches is of extreme importance. Topics covered include: 2019 Protocol The 2019 Code for Completion by Post Misrepresentation and Enquiries Raising and responding to Enquiries relating to identity Disclosure and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations The Conveyancing Protocol and Enquiries Additional Searches Advice on Searches Searches and VAT after Brabners v HMRC 2019 Law Society Guidance on VAT and searches EWS1 Enquiries in relation to cladding The 4th Edition of the TA6 Enquiries SPEAKER - Richard Snape has been the Head of Professional Support at Davitt Jones Bould since 2002. He speaks at numerous courses for law societies all over the country, various public courses, in-house seminars within solicitors firms and has also talked extensively to local authorities and central government bodies. His areas of specialism include both commercial and residential property, in particular in relation to local government law, conveyancing issues, development land, commercial property and incumbrances in relation to land.   FEES DASLS Members/Affiliates/Associates: £80.00 + VAT (£96.00) Non-members: £100.00 + VAT (£120.00)   We will provide a VAT invoice for payment. (BACS payment preferred) 3 for 2 offer! Book 3 places on this webinar an...

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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...

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Tuesday 6th October 202010.00 am - 11.00 am - this Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time. Speaker: Ian Quayle SRA Competence B   This is an intermediate course aimed at the busy residential conveyancer. A set of extensive course notes will be provided and topics explored will include – Key clauses in residential leases – problem clauses and advice to be given to clients Escalating Ground Rent Clauses – best practice Repairing obligations – what to look out for Dealing with service charge – the service charge regime in the lease, and practical issues The Duty to explain – what should be reported to clients and how SPEAKER: after many years in private practice Ian Quayle has spent the last 13 years delivering training courses in connection with property law for a number of the leading training providers to the legal profession. Ian has spoken at a number of conferences dealing with negligence in conveyancing transactions and has designed and delivered a number of courses on this subject. In addition he has undertaken consultancy work for a number of law firms and organisations looking at conveyancing systems, claims and complaints. His relaxed, informative, and engaging style, combined with extensive legal and practical knowledge ensures his courses are always well attended.   FEES DASLS Members/Affiliates/Associates: £40.00 + VAT (£48.00)Non-members: £50.00 + VAT (£60.00)   We will provide a VAT invoice for payment. (BACS payment preferred)3 for 2 offer! Book 3 places on this webinar and get the cheapest FREE!...

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INVITATION TO TENDER FOR LEGAL SERVICESOTTERY ST MARY TOWN COUNCIL (THE COUNCIL) IS TENDERING FOR LEGAL SERVICES IN RELATION TO ITS LAND AND PROPERTY PORTFOLIOThe Council has a property portfolio of an insured value of approx. £2 million, 20 tenants and 2 licensees. It is bound by law and financial regulations to provide best value for money with public funds.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS...

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Wednesday 14th October 2020 10.00 am - 12.15 pm    Speaker: Peta Dollar SRA Competence B This Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time.   Current commercial lease issues   This webinar will focus on two current issues of importance to lawyers dealing with commercial leases, namely:   The RICS Code for Leasing Business Premises, 1st edition Coming into force on 1 September 2020, this Code will replace the existing Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007.    This Webinar will highlight the differences between the old Code and the new Code, including in particular:  Although the old Code was entirely voluntary, some of the new Code provisions are mandatory for surveyors, and others constitute good practice (RICS members must justify any departure from good practice); The old Code contained 10 separate provisions relating to drafting lease terms – the new Code contains 12.  There are entirely new provisions relating to the demised premises, management and operational performance, energy performance certificates and landlord’s title; Substantial changes have been made to the provisions relating to: Tenant break rights and options to renew; Rent deposits; Rent review; Alienation; Repair; Alterations Exercising Tenant Break Options With so many people now working from home, many tenants are looking to reduce their leased space.  This Webinar will focus on the issues to consider when exercising a tenant break option, including:  Satisfying pre-conditions Timing Form of break notice Service of break notice The registration gap Lessons from the cases Speaker: Peta Dollar has more than 25 years’ experience of practising commercial property law.  She was a Real Estate Partner at the firm now known as Dentons for 17 years and ha...

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GDPR Update Thursday 15th October 2020 10.00 am - 12.00 noon - this Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time. Speaker: Keith Markham SRA Competence B, D   This course has been completely updated to take into account recent developments in respect of both the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 with particular emphasis on how Brexit will affect this area of practice. Delivered by a highly experienced presenter, and using a variety of case studies, delegates will leave the session better informed and equipped to deal with this ever-evolving area of practice. The implications of Covid-19 will be discussed where appropriate.   Topics will include:   Brexit and data protection - what will happen at the end of the transition period? Will the GDPR continue to apply? Will I need to appoint a representative in the EEA? What will be the impact on transfers of personal data? Data subjects’ rights What does recent case law say about the right of access? What developments have there been in respect of the other rights? International transfers What is the impact of the recent ECJ decision on the EU-US Privacy Shield? Direct marketing What is the latest position in respect of the E-Privacy Regulation? Do I need to alter my marketing strategy and usage of cookies? Compensation Can compensation be awarded in respect of ‘loss of control over personal data’? What is the latest position on the Lloyd v Google case? Fining Powers What fines have been levied in other jurisdictions? What enforcement action has the ICO taken to date? Speaker: Keith Markham qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and now works as a freelance training consultant. Initially working in private practice, in 2004 he moved in-house at the BGL Group, a major insurance intermediary that numbers...

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Contract Law Update Thursday 15th October 2020 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm - this Webinar will be delivered using Zoom Web Conferencing - would like to but unable to attend?  Not to worry, all pre-booked delegates will be given access to a recording of the webinar to watch in their own time. Speaker: Keith Markham SRA Competence B   Completely updated for 2020, this course is designed with the busy practitioner in mind so that you can stay up to date with recent developments without having to trawl through endless case reports. There will be a summary of key recent cases with an emphasis on reviewing case studies and drawing out a series of practical steps to be borne in mind for future use.  The implications of Covid-19 will be discussed where appropriate.   Topics will include: Contract formation – can you make a contract for the sale of land via exchange of e-mails signed electronically? Implied terms – application of the business efficacy and officious bystander tests in recent case law Good faith – ‘relational contracts’ or implied terms tests – which is more important? Force majeure – the importance of causation and foreseeability Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 – does every document need to have the exclusion? Variation of contract – can estoppel apply where a variation would otherwise be invalid? Liquidated damages – what is an acceptable rate of interest? Speaker: Keith Markham qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and now works as a freelance training consultant. Initially working in private practice, in 2004 he moved in-house at the BGL Group, a major insurance intermediary that numbers Budget and comparethemarket.com among its brands. During his time there Keith advised extensively on all areas of data protection. He also conducted contract negotiations of a complex nature, often with major blue-chip companies. In 2007, Keith joined BPP Professional Education, one of Europe’s leading providers of professional d...

| | Newsletters, 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 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...

| | 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. ...

| | Newsletters, 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 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 ...