The Local Law Societies Conference – hear the Law Society President speak in Sussex

Following the success of our first conference in 2011, the Law Societies of Sussex and West Kent invite you to register for Conference 2012. This is a rare opportunity to listen, learn and question those at the highest levels on all the live issues affecting solicitors, their firms and the wider legal profession.

This is being held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 27 September 2012.

The programme for the day is as follows:

1.00pm Registration / light refreshments

2.00pm Rodney WarrenLaw Society Council Member representing Sussex2.05pm Lucy Scott-Moncrieff President of the Law Society2.45pm Chris Kenny Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board

3.25pm Tea & Coffee

3.45pm Pearl Moses Risk & Compliance Officer of the Law Society
One-hour training session focussing on risk and compliance issues and what COLPs and COFAs need to be thinking about – and doing

4.45pm Des Hudson Chief Executive of the Law Society
5.15pm Close

cash bar until 6.15pm

Earlybird discount if you book before 31 August:
£95 for firms booking one delegate (after 31 August: £110).
For firms booking two or more delegates the fee is £85 for each additional delegate (after 31 August: £95 )
Fees are exclusive of VAT
The arrangements are being handled by Law Society accredited training providers TMT Training. To reserve your place(s) email:
• In Subject Heading Box put ‘SUSSEX LAW SOCIETIES’
• In Message Box include your contact details (inc. DX address if applicable) and name(s) of your delegate(s) you wish to register.
• Or call 01323 739988
Send no payment – a VAT invoice will be issued in due course.

Committee Meeting on 10th July 2012

At our committee meeting on 10th July 2012, we agreed to move forward in terms of exploring opening up membership of the society to non-solicitors. It was agreed that in our next newsletter we would raise this issue with the membership, with a view to making a decision as to the best way forward at our committee meeting in September.

I reported to the committee that I had also attended a Sussex Law Society Meeting on 11th June 2012. This meeting had taken place shortly after the announcement by HSBC that they would open up membership of their panels to members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

It is pleasing to note that the national Law Society has been so effective in relation to this particular issue. The decision made by HSBC initially to limit panel firms raised real issues in relation to freedom of choice for clients and it is very pleasing to note that, after the Law Society’s intervention, HSBC have changed their arrangements.

I reported to the committee on 10th July about two successful recent social events. We had a summer social event on 24th June 2012 at Number 12 in Chichester. This was attended by a large number of members and indeed the attendance this year had been even better than last year. I thanked Dominic Ryan for organising this event.

Julian Bobak also reported that he has recently organised a squash match between local lawyers from the society and the local doctors’ team. Julian was delighted to report that the society’s team had won the Medico Legal squash cup. Julian noted that it had been several years since the cup had last been competed for and hoped that this will become a more regular event in the future!

Local Law Society Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference

In May 2012, I attended the national gathering of Local Law Societies Presidents and Secretaries at Chancery Lane in London, together with Sara Fildes, our honorary secretary. Both of us very much enjoyed the conference, which gave some useful ideas in terms of development of the Chichester and District Law Society.

It became clear to us from talking to other Presidents and Secretaries that many Local Law Societies are looking at the present time at the issue of expanding their membership to other lawyers. Many other societies have recently changed their constitution so as to open up membership to non-solicitors, particularly to managers of firms. Given the recent introduction of alternative business structures, it was felt by most of those attending the conference that opening up membership of Local Law Societies to non-solicitors was a good idea.

At a local level, many of our firms now have non-solicitor partners and directors. At our committee meeting on 23rd May, I reported back to the committee in relation to the Presidents’ and Secretaries’ conference.  The consensus amongst the committee was that it would be a good idea to investigate looking into the possibility of opening up our membership, in the same way as many other societies. It was agreed that our honorary secretary would liaise with secretaries from other local societies to see what they were doing in this regard and that we would revisit this issue later in the year.

Worthing Law Society and Sussex Law Society events

One of the more pleasurable tasks in my year as President has been to attend dinners at other Local Law Societies. I had the pleasure of attending the Worthing Local Law Society dinner on 9th March 2012 and subsequently the Sussex Law Society Annual Dinner and Ball on 27th April 2012.

I very much enjoyed attending both of these events. The Worthing Local Law Society dinner was attended by other Local Law Society Presidents. The guest of honour was Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, who also happens to be the Minister for Children. The guest speaker was Her Honour Judge Coates, a well respected family law judge with particular specialism in children’s law. Her speech concerning proposed government changes to the adoption system was particularly interesting.

The Sussex Law Society dinner was attended by a large number of people and took place at Brighton and Hove Albion’s football ground. Having not attended this venue before, I was impressed by the scale of the ground. The dinner was followed by a ball. Interestingly, the evening was more informal from other Law Society dinners, in that there was no official guest speaker. The event was, however, extremely well supported and it was a very enjoyable evening.

Committee Meeting 28 March 2012

The second committee meeting of the year took place on 28th March 2012.

The first meeting of the conveyancing sub-committee has now taken place. Amongst the items discussed were the decision taken by HSBC to limit its panel of solicitors and also the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Most members felt that this had been a very successful innovation by the Law Society and there has been a very good take up to the scheme, with most firms in the area now being members.

I outlined at the meeting my hope that we could establish other sub-committees in due course. The next goal is to establish a private client sub-committee, so that private client lawyers can meet regularly to discuss practice issues.

I confirmed that I will be attending the national gathering of Local Law Society Presidents and Secretaries in London in May.

Elderly Client 2012 Update (5 hours’ CPD) 2 October 2012

Elderly Client Update 2012 (5 CPD hours) 2 October 2012

This course covers recent case law, new and pending legislation. Advice for elderly clients is a rapidly changing area of expertise and covers a wide range of subjects including rapidly changing case law, property, LPAs, Court of Protection, care funding (Local Authority and NHS) and professional conduct issues. It will also look ahead to the pending changes following the Dilnot Commission report. The detailed notes include practical examples, draft clauses, specimen letters and action points. The materials are constantly updated to provide delegates with a thorough and valuable resource of information.

The areas covered will include:

  • Case Law Update
  • Assessment of Capacity
  • Professional Conduct Issues
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney/Court of Protection update
  • Domiciliary care funding
  • Local Authority Care Funding Issues
  • NHS Funded Long Term Care

Alan Robinson after being principal of his own firm for over 30 years specialising in elderly client, Alan is now a consultant. He has worked in the area of community care since its inception and currently teaches community care law for The Open University. He is also a contributor to Tottel’s Older Clients Law Service.

Fees (ex VAT)

Member Fee £210.00
Non Member Fee £420.00

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Conveyancing Update 2012 – 22 October 2012 (5 hours’ CPD)

Conveyancing Update 2012 (5 CPD hours) 22 October 2012

This course has become widely regarded as being ‘unmissable’ by the many conveyancers who attend year-in and year-out.

This essential update for all residential property practitioners includes the topics listed below, together with an analysis of the implications for practice. In each case a brief review of the background law is given together with a careful explanation of the change. Practical implications for practice and any appropriate drafting issues are included.

[Please note this content is subject to change from time to time, in order to ensure that the most important recent developments are included.]

Topics to be covered include:

  • New regulatory regime – impact on conveyancing
  • ABS for property practice?
  • SRA – further proposals
  • Lenders and conveyancing
  • Conveyancing quality scheme update
  • Fraud and conveyancing
  • Need to check other conveyancer
  • Clients and evidence of mental capacity
  • Planning enforcement and deceit
  • Registration, priority and bankruptcy
  • Valuations of buy-to-let properties
  • Conveyancing files and privilege
  • Buying subject to easement?
  • Beneficial interests and conveyancing
  • Lenders selling
  • Buy to let and the tenancy deposit schemes
  • Lease covenants and installation of solar panels
  • Adoption of shared private sewers and drains
  • Energy performance certificates – changes
  • Selected planning changes

Peter Reekie is a Property Training Consultant with Penningtons. He is also Visiting Professor at The College of Law. He is Consultant Materials Editor for the College of Law’s Structured Commercial Property Programme and Consultant Editor of The Conveyancing Handbook.

Fees (ex VAT)

Member Fee £210.00
Non Member Fee £420.00

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