Tell Me Why 

A very early start and a slow drive to Manchester precluded a post yesterday. I am shortly off in the opposite direction this morning. The former proved an interesting day and confirmed that the Manchester RO are playing hard ball with regard to Duty Solicitor Compliance. Quite why they would want to do this given […]

New Webinar Month 

Here is October’s Webinar program. All courses commence at 1pm, carry a CPD point for all those listening. The course on October 16th also counts towards you SCC mandatory Management training requirements. October 2nd Family Standard and Graduated Fees By demand we are re-running this popular guide to the the Family funding scheme. With fixed […]

Tonight the Streets are Ours 

Richard Hawley’s latest album Trueloves Gutter is great, and a bit of a departure from previous. I am off to see him next month too. There are no videos from the album around as yet, that I can find, so here is something from the last one:

Costs Drafting is Go 

For most of the Summer we have been fielding enquiries about our civil cost drafting service with a polite “we are not taking on any new clients at the moment”. With Eve going on maternity leave we needed to get through the bulge in the pipe that created. We have finally managed that and so, […]

From SQM “Summary of Changes” 

“Integral to a quality management standard, but want to be able to enforce through the contract“ “Integral to a quality management standard, but want to be able to enforce through the contract“ “Integral to a quality management standard, but want to be able to enforce through the contract“ etc.


I am off out for more “procurement plan” discussions this morning. Having done a number of these now I am developing a concern that there is not the consistency one might expect between different areas. There are for instance Integrated A areas which one might anticipate being Bs, and vice versa, and factors such as […]

Happy Reading 

We have been fielding an increasing number of enquiries concerning Proceeds of Crime Act matters – especially those outside of criminal proceedings, pre charge or for third parties, where CDS funding is not available. Without exception my immediate response, when in the office, is to reach for Volume 3 of the LSC Manual. (I am […]

Webinar News 

This Friday, 25th September, the Webinar will cover the vexed issue of the 2010 Contract Procurement Round. The path towards next years new contracts has neither been straight nor smooth. The Commission has recently conceded that the pace of change proposed was too swift for Civil suppliers and we are currently enjoying a 6-month postponement […]

One Day Like This 

I shall doubtless be hearing this tonight at the MEN Arena – can’t wait

New SQM 

The LSC have announced the anticipated changes to the SQM standard (although the link on this page doesn’t seem to take you to the new standard – maybe this will work later in the day). The key changes are reportedly a general update, a new equality and diversity standard and moving certain specifics, supervisor standards, […]