CPD – updates to the new requirements

‘All solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) in legal practice or employment in England and Wales must comply with the SRA’s continuing professional development requirements or continuing competence requirements. The current CPD system is being replaced by the continuing competence requirements. Solicitors can choose to move to the new system as of 1 April 2015 or they may remain under the old system until 1 November 2016 when they must move to the new system. There are also interim arrangements in place that affect those under the old system.

The new practice note includes advice on getting the most from your CPD by choosing activities most suited to you as a practitioner and to your practice as a business. You can find it here.

LinkedIn and Social Media for Lawyers Training (1 Hour CPD) 17 September 2013

In this 60 minute interactive session led by Consortium they will cover the basics of LinkedIn, who uses it, why and what you and your business can get out of it. They will also look at other Social Media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging and assess whether they are right for your business.

This seminar is suitable for those with little or no previous experience of using social media.

The session is £30 for members of the Chichester and District Law Society.
Venue: The Old Court Room, Chichester Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester

Time: 1pm on Tuesday 17 September

Please contact Julian Bobak at George Ide LLP to book this session. You can find his details here

Conveyancing 2013 Update – 21 October 2013 – 5 CPD hours

Conveyancing 2013 update

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

This course will be presented by Peter Reekie who is a Property Training Consultant with Penningtons. He is also Visiting Professor at The University of Law. He is Consultant Materials Editor for the University of Law’s Structured Commercial Property Programme, Consultant Editor of The Conveyancing Handbook and Assistant Editor of Property Law UK Newsletter.


CLT Member Fee £210.00 + VAT

Non Member Fee £420.00 +VAT

Venue Chichester at TBC

To book click here

Matrimonial Finance Update – 10 October 2013 – 3 CPD hours

Matrimonial Finance Update

As a busy family practitioner you have never needed more assistance in keeping up to date. This course is constantly revised to provide a comprehensive review of the last 18 months covering a wide range of topics and case law review.

The course includes:

  • Pre and Post Nuptial agreements after Radmacher
  • The treatment of Pre marriage and Post separation Assets
  • Inherited wealth
  • Periodical Payments including Cohabitation issues
  • Overturning final orders – Myerson and non-disclosure
  • Pensions
  • New Costs rules cases
  • An eye on bankruptcy in the recession
  • The impact of the new Family Procedure Rules will be considered throughout the course

The course will be presented by Mena Ruparel MCIArb, who is an experienced family law solicitor, trainer and arbitrator. She works as a consultant at Quality solicitors Goodhand and Forsyth and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a Resolution accredited specialist in matrimonial finance advocacy, teaches and writes widely on issues relating to matrimonial finance and is a visiting lecturer at UWE.

CLT Member Fee £140.00 + VAT
Non Member Fee £280.00 +VAT

Venue Chichester at TBC

Book online here

Elderly Client Update 2013 – 23 October 2013 – 5 CPD Hours

Elderly Client Update 2013

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

The course will be delivered by Alan Robinson who, after being Principal of his own firm for over 30 years specialising in elderly client,  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.

CLT Member Fee £210.00 + VAT
Non Member Fee £420.00 +VAT

Venue Chichester at TBC

Book online here

Chichester and District Law Society announces new season of CPD courses

In conjunction with CLT we are pleased to be able to announce the new series of CPD courses available here in Chichester which includes Tricky Conveyancing Transactions, Commercial Property Update, Wills and Probate Update and Family Law Update.

To find out more information on the courses on offer and how to book click here

Tricky Conveyancing Transactions – 16 April 2013 – 5 CPD hours

Tricky Conveyancing Transactions

This course looks in detail at some of the trickier conveyancing transactions that are frequently encountered, analyses the issues involved and provides take away approaches that you can use in the office to minimise risk, and also to differentiate your service in areas of work that can command higher fees.

Gifts of property

•By the Elderly
•Within the Family
•Undue Influence dangers
•Taxation Issues

Use of Powers of Attorney

•The options available

Declarations of Trust

•Some solutions to common issues

Equity Release

•Key points to watch out for


•Extending the lease at the time of sale
•Contact clauses to use
•Problems to avoid

Adverse Possession

•Garden land which has no title
•What should you do as a buyer?


•Where one owner is bankrupt
•Buying from a mortgage
•Differences when dealing with a Receiver

Restrictive Covenants

•Are they really going to be enforceable?
The course will be delivered by Andrew Crawford who has vast experience as a practising Solicitor, having been a Partner at Thomas Eggar for over 25 years. Andrew brings the law alive and is always mindful of the need and difficulty of making conveyancing profitable.

CLT Member Fee £210.00 + VAT
Non Member Fee £420.00 +VAT

Venue Chichester at TBC

To book click here

Commercial Property Update – 9 May 2013 – (6 CPD Hours)

Commercial Property Update

This important update course has come to enjoy a well deserved reputation as a “must” in the annual training calendar of many busy practitioners throughout England and Wales.

The course updates the busy practitioner on a huge range of recent and pending commercial property law and practice changes. It is designed for all those dealing with commercial property work including sales and acquisitions, development transactions and commercial leases. It provides a rigorous analysis of the law whilst being firmly grounded in its consideration of the practical implications for day to day practice.

[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 will include:
•Practice changes
◦New short-form leases reviewed including “Clearlet” and “Clearlite”
◦Insurance issues (what to do about uninsured risks and the very real problem associated with flood cover)
◦Relevant Land Registry developments
◦Impact of new climate change compliance regime including drafting points relating to the Carbon Reduction Commitment, EPCs, DECs and the potential impact of the “Green Deal”
•Commercial Property Case Law Update

◦Contracts for sale and enforcing or terminating sale and purchase agreements
◦Extent of solicitors’ liability in redeeming charges
◦Adverse possession?
◦Town and village greens – developers beware
◦Exclusion clauses for misrepresentation
◦Restrictive covenants
◦Execution of deeds
•Commercial Leases Case Law Update

◦Break rights – recent cases
◦LTA 1954 – renewal leases
◦Interim rent
◦Nature of tenancy
◦Buying the reversion
•Legislative changes

◦National Planning Policy Framework for property lawyers
◦Registration of charges by overseas companies 46
◦Energy performance certificates

The course will be delivered by Natasha Dunn who is a barrister at Devereux, specialising in employment and education law. He has been a specialist in those areas for over 20 years. He has appeared in many reported cases and has written textbooks on both areas (Law of Education; Employment in Schools – A Legal Guide; and Employment Aspects of Business Reorganisations).

CLT Member Fee £210.00
Non Member Fee £420.00

Venue Chichester at TBC

Book here

Wills and Probate Update 2013 (5 CPD hours) 25 June 2013

Wills and Probate Update 2013 (5 CPD hours) 25 June 2013

This course will acquaint private client practitioners with recent developments in the areas of will drafting, construction and interpretation, trusts and probate practice and related tax issues to ensure practitioners can apply these developments to their daily practice and be able to discuss the changes in an informed way with colleagues and clients. It will also look ahead to future developments.

The course will cover:

~ Wills, trusts and probate cases and developments including:

-Testamentary Capacity

– Interpretation and Construction

– Liability for Negligent Advice

– Equitable Remedies,Rectification, Rescission

– Hastings Bass and Mistake

– Constructive Trusts and Proprietary Estoppel

– Family Provision claims

– Income v Capital

~ IHT cases and developments including:

– Reliefs

– Variations

– Compliance

~ Miscellaneous Tax issue

– CGT cases

– Compliance and Guidance

~ Future Developments

The course will be presnted by Lesley King of the College of Law is Co-Author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide; A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning (with Precedents); A Practitioner’s Guide to Wills; Wills: A Practical Guide and Editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook. She is the wills and probate Columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.

 Venue: Chichester (exact venue TBC)

Members £210 +VAT

Non-Members £420 + VAT

Book online here

Private Client Sub-Committee Inaugural Meeting/Drinks Evening 21 November 2012

Private Client Sub-Committee Inaugural Meeting/Drinks Evening

The Society is setting up a Private Client Sub-Committee to provide a forum for members working in Private Client to meet and discuss relevant issues.

The Society invites all members working in Private Client to a drinks evening at “Vintage” (previously known as No.12) 12-14 Westgate, Chichester, PO19 3EU starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 21 November 2012.

Dress is “informal” and a complimentary drink will be provided on arrival.

If you wish to attend this inaugural meeting, kindly email me by Tuesday 20 November 2012 – at lynntaylor@freenetname.co.uk – to enable the venue to be informed of the numbers attending.