Safe In Sound 

This is the title track from the first solo album by Orlando Weeks, the former Macabee, and is very, very good.

Red Western Sky 

As the days tend to merge right now I forgot it was Friday. Here is something new I heard this week with an excellent video to boot.

Civil Supervisors and Furlough 

This note arises from an interaction between a client and an LAA Contract Manager. The former requested their consent to the furlough their family supervisor.  The CM flatly refused. (We do not know if this is LAA policy). They asked for our view, which we are now sharing.   Under 2018 Contract Specification 2.10 you […]

Covid 19 Update 

The LAA have updated their Covid 19 guidance again today. Of note are updates to Police Station claims and evidence requirements for Domestic Abuse in family matters. Retained clients will shortly be receiving a detailed email about remote assessments. Get in touch if you require further either on the phone or in video conference.

Return of the Autorecbots 

Yesterday we had a single incident of “autorecbot” activity – the reconciliation of criminal contracts with a significant reduction in the SMP to be made. This has increased overnight. Each case can only be judged on its individual circumstances which do seem to vary and some have found quick solutions. For others there are 2 […]

Police Station Risk Assessment Form 

This form is being widely used by firms in West Yorkshire. We take no credit it was the work of Huddersfield Solicitor, Carl Kingsley who has kindly agreed to it being more widely circulated. Police Station Risk Assessment (COVID-19) Each firm should of course make its own risk assessments however we hope it helps.

Sun for Someone 

This is lovely. Thats it.

Lexcel During Lockdown 

Do you have a longstanding and upcoming Lexcel assessment? Essentially there are 2 options A remote assessment Asking for an extension We are advised that the former are working well are less difficult to undertake than anticipated e.g. the scanning of files and the like, and are receiving good feedback. Do talk to your assessor […]

Furloughed Duty Solicitors 

UPDATE from the LAA via Twitter: “To confirm: Duty solicitor slots remain with firms to deliver their allocations. Where solicitors are unable to meet requirement, firms should document the reasons why – we will take NO contract action. Providers can do several things to cover slots:”   You are contractually obliged to inform the LAA […]

Quick “Lockdown” Tick List 

We are still at work and able to advise on any of the following: 1          Look after yourselves, look after your staff Follow government advice We have a template “Home Working Policy” – just ask Make this your priority and be sure everyone understands how this impacts upon their work roles. 2          Look after […]

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