With very little legal aid for family work, Cornwall Law Society’s President, Chris Nicholls wrote a letter to The Gazette giving an account of a personal experience. Entitled “True denial of Justice” you can read the letter here.

Monday, 13 April 2015 (all day) – Conveyancing for Support Staff and Paralegals

The course, which is designed for support staff, will be divided into 2 Parts:  Part 1 will look at the professional context within which we work and the essentials of land law and contract law encountered by conveyancers.  Part 2 will look at aspects of the process and procedure of residential conveying land.

Part 1
Putting conveyancing in a professional context: This includes an overview of SRA requirements under the Code of Conduct 2011, identifying for whom we can act and cannot act, client care obligations (including the terms of our retainer), duties of confidentiality and non-disclosure, as well as identifying potential conflicts of interests. Aspects of anti-money laundering and prevention of mortgage fraud will also be considered.

An introduction to land law: a consideration of the acquisition and transfer of legal and equitable estates and interests in land, including mortgages, registered and unregistered titles, co-ownership and holding land on trust for oneself and/or for others.

An introduction to contract law for conveyancers: sales particulars, pre-contract enquiries, pre-contract statements and representations, the essentials to make an enforceable contract dealing with land, mistakes, misdescription, remedies for failure to complete or to deliver what had been agreed.

Part 2
The procedure: bringing the above together to include consideration of National Protocol requirements, searches and the need for additional searches, investigation of title, the contract (incorporating Standard Conditions 5th Edition) and common amendments, the CML Handbook requirements and the lender’s special conditions, reporting to the clients, procedures for exchange and completion, overview of basic SDLT requirements and registration.


Thursday, 16 April 2015 – Presentation by Veyo

Veyo, is a comprehensive conveyancing portal and is the joint venture between The Law Society and Mastek (UK) Ltd. Now in the final stages of development and testing, it is to be launched soon, and will bring together electronically, all the processes, checks and documentation prepared and undertaken by solicitors and licensed conveyancers in the sale and purchase of residential properties.

This seminar will be presented by Gavin Potter, Business Development Manager, Veyo


Tuesday, 21 April 2015 (9.45am-1.00pm) – SRA Accounts Rules with Jason Mitchell (Francis Clark)

This seminar will be of assistance to both legal cashiers and COFA’s in maintaining and developing awareness of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011, together with the associated reporting requirements.

Key topics will include:

  • Overview of principles, responsibilities, key definitions, accounting systems and procedures
  • Coverage of the key SRA Accounts Rules 2011
  • Quiz
  • Topical problems areas
  • Control systems to identify breaches
  • The Breaches Register– ‘Material  or Non Material’
  • Interactive discussion on reporting material breaches to the SRA


Thursday, 7 May 2015 (3.00pm-4.30pm) – Court of Protection Costs Seminar with Andrew Bennetts of Johnson & Johnson

The aim of this seminar is to assist Practitioners to maximize their costs to minimize the effect of assessment by Costs Officers at the Senior Court Costs Office.

Solicitors Costs in Court of Protection Professional Deputyship cases covering all aspects of remuneration from fixed costs to assessment to maximise recovery of costs to include:-

  • Remuneration of Solicitor appointed as Deputy and categories of costs;
  • Cash Flow – interim payments on account;
  • Fixed fees and categories in relation thereto;
  • Claim for non-fixed fees and procedure;
  • Maximising costs, tactics and file management;
  • Assessment procedure and case law and managing SCCO assessments;
  • Challenges to assessment;
  • Question and Answer


Monday, 11 May 2015 (9.45am-1.00pm) – The New Part 36 with Professor Dominic Regan

The new Part 36 and other costs developments
This all important mechanism for trying to resolve claims is being overhauled 8 years on from the last amendments –

  • What is changing and why?
  • How will it affect practitioners?
  • A valid offer must conform with the requirements of the revised code
  • Also under consideration will be Calderbank offers, the COVENTRY appeal and recent decisions about budgeting and the right to recover costs


Thursday, 28 May 2015 (2.00pm-5.15pm) – Property Litigation Seminar with members of St John’s Chambers, Bristol

This half day seminar will be presented by members of St John’s Chambers, Bristol

The programme is:

  • 2.00 – 2.45pm
    Time limits on contracts for the sale of land
    Leslie Blohm QC, St John’s Chambers
    Leslie will be examining the relationship between time limits and the right to repudiate contracts for the sale of land for non-performance. When is time of the essence, and if not how do you make it so? How do you make sure that your clients have correctly brought the contract to an end – and not wrongly repudiated it?  The talk examines the Court of Appeal decisions in Samarenko v Dawn Hill House  and Urban I (Blonk Street) Ltd. v. Ayres.
  • 2.45 – 3.30pm
    Property Damage
    Richard Stead, Barrister, St John’s Chambers
    Richard will discuss liability for damages caused by trees which fall, and by tree roots which encroach, onto neighbouring property.

3.30 – 3.45pm – Refreshments

  • 3.45 – 4.30pm
    Land Registry Practice Update
    John Sharples, Barrister, St John’s Chambers
    John will consider several recent decisions year that affect Land Registry practice and the rights of those owning or claiming an interest in registered land and charges. He will discuss the implications of these decisions and the lessons to be learned from them. The talk will be of interest to all involved in property litigation and conveyancing.
  • 4.30 – 5.15pm
    Developments in Commercial Landlord & Tenant Law
    Christopher Jones, Barrister, St John’s Chambers
    hristopher will consider recent developments in the world of commercial leases, including guarantees and intergroup transfers, break notices and payment of rent and treatment of rent in a tenant’s administration.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015 (9.45am-1.00pm) – Identifying & Communicating Financial Breaches with Andrew Allen & Jason Mitchell (Francis Clark)

This session explores topical issues facing those responsible for the identification, reporting and prevention of SRA Accounts Rules (AR) breaches together with related issues. The course will be appropriate for legal cashiers, COFAs and fee earners in law firms.

  • Update on requirements of COFAs and Reporting Accountants on SRA AR matters
  • Implementing systems to identify breaches
  • Current problem breach areas in firms
  • Differentiating between material and non-material breaches
  • How to report to the SRA
  • Developing internal reporting systems for SRA AR matters
  • Recording breaches