Compliance Matters Issue 4 

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter “Compliance Matters” is now available. If you are not on our alerts mailing list you can download it here.


I came across this during the BBC London Olympic coverage. It comes from an album in which Thea Gilmore provides music to lyrics Sandy Denny wrote but did not get round to turning into songs before her untimely death. I suspect this one was composed around the time of her final album “Rendezvous”, recorded in […]

Some Fell On Stony Ground 

With several very nervous clients still awaiting their contract documentation overnight, I did think about writing a post of advice on the conduct of these bid rounds. We have helped with so very many now that we are in a pretty strong position to summarise the experience from the bidders point of view. On reflection […]

Another 2017 Criminal Contract Update 

The last few remaining actions are now required before the commencement of the 2017 Criminal Contract. These include: If you have not already executed your Contract you should do so, by 5pm tomorrow 22/3/17, via the LAA CWA portal. There is an amendment to the IFA just released which impacts upon the small number of […]

Pure Comedy 

Despite doing a car crash interview, which nearly put me off him completely, on the day we saw him last year – I remain impressed with the former Fleet Foxes drummers stuff. This is of his forthcoming 3rd album.

Public Service Announcement 

Two issues have dominated my world in the last 48 hours, 2017 Criminal Contract execution and July Duty Rotas. Most phone and email traffic has been about the actual upload of contract documentation by the LAA, from nervous firms thinking there is something wrong or that they have been forgotten. At time of writing we […]

Not Very Appealing 

Just as one swallow does not a summer make neither does 1 solicitor query herald a nationwide error on the part of the LAA. 3 in a short space of time in the early part of the day however…. On checking their newly received 2017 Contract Schedules these client’s discovered that they had a loud […]

Duty Solicitor “Guidance” 

Here is the further guidance surrounding the July Duty rota published by the LAA yesterday. In short, those with slots on the April rota the process seems to be as follows: You will be contacted in the week commencing 6/3/17 to ask if you wish to update your Duty Solicitors for the July rota. You […]


Friday Song regulars will know of our love of Stornoway, here is the back story. Tonight is their penultimate gig ever. We would certainly have gone, in addition to Gateshead, along with our UK next door neighbours who will be there. Instead I have downloaded the set list and created a playlist which we will […]

Webinar News 

A Guide to the 2017 Standard Criminal Contract Friday 31st March 2017 at 1pm This session will provide an introduction to the key requirements of the Contract Standard Terms and Specification.It is aimed at newly contracted firms as well as offering a swift refresher for the longer established and is pretty important for both. Delegates […]

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