Liverpool Law Jan 2017


January 2017

Liverpool Law

The Magazine for the legal sector

in Merseyside and the North West

Meet the New

President of

Liverpool Law


Brown Turner

Ross announces

Mencap Liverpool

as chosen charity

Keith Jones

Partnership wins

national award

Pro-Bono and

CSR Match

Making for the

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to the January edition of Liverpool Law

Sylvia Shepherd stepped down as Editor at the end of

2016 and I am sure readers will join me in thanking

Sylvia for all her hard work, commitment and

boundless enthusiasm over the past three years.

Liverpool Law has a new Editor, Peter Holland of

DWF who will be taking over the reins from the

February edition. I’m sure that Peter will have some

new ideas to take Liverpool Law forward, but please

do continue to submit your news and stories for the

next edition (

This month we have a new President, John Ballam

who has been practising on the Wirral for almost 40

years and a familar face to many. I spoke to John

about his plans for 2017 and his aims as President,

which is included on page 7.

2017 is undoubtedly going to be another challenging

year for the profession and as I write the submission

deadline for the consultation on increasing the small

claims limit is looming. Liverpool Law Society hosted

a meeting with Capital Economics in December to

discuss this issue. The meeting was well attended by

both claimants and defendant solicitors. Chair of the

Civil Litigation Committee, Kirsty McKno gives an

update on page 9.

The Society also welcomes Nina Ferris of Hill

Dickinson as the new Vice President and Gaynor

Williams has joined the General Committee and been

appointed a Director of the Society.

Finally, in November Liverpool Law Society held a

very successful Pro Bono and CSR Match making

event. Matt Smith reports on the event and offers

advice for members who want to offer pro-bono

advice or become involved with third sector legal

advice agencies.

Thank you for reading and contributing to Liverpool

Law and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a

Healthy and Happy New Year.

Julia Baskerville


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Thu 26th Jan 2017 6pm onwards

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Fri 17th February 2017

Legal Awards nomination deadline

Tues 28th February 2017

Pathways to the Legal Profession

Thu 30 March 2017

Merseyside JLD and LLS Quiz night

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From the President

President’s Mentions

Happy New Year to everyone,

here’s to a happy healthy &

prosperous 2017 for all our


I am very pleased & proud to have

been appointed the Liverpool Law

Society President for 2016/17 and

thank all those who have put their

trust in me particularly Alison

Lobb my predecessor who did such

an excellent job during 2015/16. I

only hope that I can continue the

good work she started and once

again promote the name of

Liverpool Law Society and the area

of Merseyside which the Society


I would also like to thank all the

officers and members of the

committee of the Society who have

agreed to assist by taking up

various important posts in the

Society. As always we will all

endeavour to help the membership

get the best out of the Society, by

informing, assisting, co-ordinating

and providing training as well as

providing social and networking

occasions for all firms to network

and benefit from the knowledge of

all members.

Can I ask you to take time to look

at the committee membership to

enable you to use the facilities of

this digital age we are now in.

Consider joining the LinkedIn

group, follow the Society on

Twitter and like the Facebook page

please to obtain the best possible

advantage, save time and contact

the most appropriate person to

discuss your subject. Remember we

are in 21st century so we need to

be ahead of the opposition and we

at Helix can help you.

Those of you who do not know me I

am a Consultant Solicitor Advocate

(Crime) with FPH Law Solicitors

operating from Hamilton Square

Birkenhead and appearing mainly in

the Crown Court.

I have been involved in Criminal law

for over 35 years and enjoy the

Court atmosphere and helping the

inarticulate, vulnerable individuals

who allegedly transgress the Law.

More than ever with the

Government endeavouring to take

control of everything and the media

ignoring the privacy of the

individual I believe we as a

profession need to be stronger than


So it is we at Liverpool Law Society,

as we have for many years, are

lobbying Parliament over various

legislation proposed to be

implemented including the latest

consultation paper Reforming the

soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims

process. I am very grateful to Kirsty

McKno for co-ordinating meetings

with members, MPs and submitting

a response. I would urge all

members to consider this piece of

proposed legislation which

potentially could have a dramatic

effect upon the public and the

profession, and respond.

We are hoping to persuade the MoJ

to put the response date back to

enable fuller consultation.

On 5th December, Alison and I

enjoyed a delightful informal buffet

supper at the Judges Lodgings in

Newsham Park at the invite of the

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice

Thomas, most senior Judge in the

land now that the Lord Chancellor is

a Political appointment.

This was I think Alison’s last official

engagement as President of

Liverpool Law Society and gave me

a further insight into the position of

President. We were joined by all the

sitting High Court Judges and

leaders of the Civil Family &

Criminal divisions in Liverpool and

the leader of the Northern Circuit

and also our very own Jim Davies

Sheriff of Merseyside. As well as the

newly appointed Judges in


It gave us an opportunity to discuss

various topics with all the Judges

and further cement the association

that we at Liverpool Law Society

have with the Judiciary. I did thank

Lord Justice Thomas for a most

enjoyable evening, and formally

record those thanks in this report.

Can I also remind everyone of the

events throughout 2017 and

encourage everyone to engage.We

have the highlight of the year

namely the Legal Awards in May,

but can I remind you that you need

to nominate yourself, your firm or

another individual whom you think

has made such a contribution to the

law by 17th February 2017. You’ve

got to be in it to win it and we want

as many as possible to enter. There

are 14 separate categories so plenty

of choice and you can enter as many

as possible.

Another exciting event is the Newly

Qualified evening and prizegiving,

where the young and newly qualified

Solicitors and Barristers are

rewarded with their prize or

certificate, this is fixed for 26th

January at the Hard Days Night

Hotel. It is an opportunity for the

young Solicitors to meet with the

profession and for their parents to

show their pride in their children.

The Committee also have regular

meetings with the local councillors

and local MPs and there are such

meetings planned for January and I

would encourage you to provide the

staff at Helix with any questions

comments or reports to enable us to

provide the legislators with our

views and recommendations.

Please use these opportunities to

your advantage.

I will sign off once again by

thanking everyone engaged with

Liverpool Law Society, for all their

hard work and endeavour to

encourage everyone to become

involved with the Society.

Have a peaceful and happy January.

John Ballam


Charity spotlight...

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eight thousand residents. The Abbeyfield Hoylake & West Kirby

Society was formed in 1963 adopting the same principles and we now

have three houses in the area with a capacity for 43 residents.

The life blood of the Abbeyfield movement is our volunteers without

whom we would not be able to deliver many of the services we provide.

The members of our Trustee Board are all volunteers supported by our

General Manager and Company Secretary. They form the strategy for

the Society, carry out all the governance duties as well as ensuring we

maintain an environment in all our houses which enhances our

residents’ quality of life and encourages them to live as independent a

life as possible. Other volunteers provide friendship and encouragement

to our residents, join them on outings and generally support the staff in

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A growing number of our residents have Dementia to a greater or lesser

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residents bedrooms in our main care home, Lear house, are designed to

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Stirling University are the recognised world leaders in this field.

We operate in a very challenging environment as any newspaper

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We are always looking for people prepared to give up some of their time

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For further information please call any of the below on 0151 625 1092

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Local News

Liverpool Law Society AGM

The Liverpool Law Society AGM took place on Monday 28th

November 2016. The event was held at lunchtime for the first time in

the hope that more people would be able to attend and it was good to

see so many members and past presidents to share some lunch and

their views on the Society’s activities over the last year.

There is of course formal business to be conducted and the election of

the 2016/17 General Committee took place during the meeting. Many

people don’t realise that LLS is a company limited by guarantee and

those elected become directors of that company with the associated

duties owed by virtue of that position. The committee consists of

between 14 and 27 directors and they must retire by rotation every three

years with up to five being nominated for re-election.

This year a new committee member was elected – Gaynor Williams of

Bennett Williams Solicitors. We will find out more about Gaynor in next

month’s Liverpool Law. There are still some casual vacancies on the

General Committee so if you are interested in becoming a director of

Liverpool Law Society, please get in touch with the President or CEO.

Other formal business includes the approval of the accounts laid before

the members. The Treasurer, Philip Rooney delivered his report via the

President and reported that whilst it had been a tough year, the Society’s

expenditure had been reduced dramatically by the successful office move

and that lays the foundations for a more sustainable society.

The President then delivered her address which re-iterated her theme of

the law as a business and summarised the events, discussions and

meetings she had attended representing the Society’s members over the

last 12 months in what was a very busy year. The AGM is also a time to

say thank you – to the President, to the directors and officers and

importantly to the LLS staff who work very hard to make sure all of the

society’s events, services and benefits can be provided.

If you have an interest in shaping the profession, having a say on matters

that affect lawyers and their businesses locally and nationally and

promoting Liverpool lawyers, you should consider joining the General

Committee and becoming a director of Liverpool Law Society. You can

find out more by contacting the CEO at

Nina Ferris

Vice President of Liverpool Law Society &

Legal Director at Hill Dickinson

2016/2017 Directors of Liverpool Law Society

The following directors were elected into Officer positions at the meeting

of the General Committee held on 13th December 2016:

Officers of the Society

President – John Ballam, FPH Law

Vice President – Nina Ferris, Hill Dickinson

Hon. Treasurer – Philip Rooney, DLA Piper UK

Joint Hon Secretary – Julie O’Hare, Carpenters

Joint Hon Secretary – Steven Zdolyny, Riverview Law

Immediate Past President – Alison Lobb, Morecrofts

Other Committee roles

Specialist Committee Chairs

Access to Justice Committee - Mr Chris Topping, Broudie Jackson Canter

Criminal Practice Committee - Mr John Weate, RMNJ Solicitors,

Civil Litigation Committee – Ms Kirsty McKno, Breens Solicitors

Employment Law Committee - Ms Nicky Benson, Bermans

Family Business Committee - Ms Adele Schofield, The Berkson Globe


Non-Contentious Business Committee - Ms Naomi Pinder, QualitySolicitors

Jackson & Canter

Regulatory Committee - Ms Mickaela Fox, Weightmans

Management Committees

Editorial Committee Chair - Mr Peter Holland, DWF

Training Committee Chair - Mr James Mannouch, Educational


Education & Charities Committee Chair - Mr David Tournafond, Bermans

Other post holders

Public Relations Officer - Mr Stewart McCulloch, Slater Gordon Legal


Parliamentary Liaison Officer - Mr Jeremy Myers, Husband Forwood


Membership Officer - Mrs Sarah Mansfield, Forbes Solicitors

Other Members of the Committee

Mr Bill Chandler, Hill Dickinson

Ms Joanne Francis, BLM

Mrs Sarah Lapsley, Cook & Talbot

Mrs Sylvia Shepherd, DLA Piper UK

Mr Emlyn Williams, Weightmans

Ms Gaynor Williams, Bennett Williams Solicitors

Geographical Council Members representing Merseyside & District

on The Law Society’s Council at Chancery Lane, London.

Mr Charlie Jones - Weightmans

Mrs Sarah Lapsley - Cook & Talbot

Back row: Bill Chandler,

Jeremy Myers, David

Tournafond, Joanne Francis,

Naomi Pinder and Philip


Front Row: Julie O’Hare -

Joint Hon Secretary, Nina

Ferris - Vice President, John

Ballam - President, Alison

Lobb - Immediate Past

President, Steven Zdolyny -

Joint Hon Secretary


Local News

News from the Sub-Committees

Regulatory Committee

The Regulatory Committee met on 10 November to consider the following


i) (MoJ) Tailored reviews of the Legal Services Board and the Office of

legal Complaints 2016: call for evidence ends on 24 November 2016

ii) (SRA) A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying

Examination ends on 9 January 2017

As to i), in large part the committee was in favour of maintaining the

current structures and governance arrangements for the LSB and the OLC.

On a scale of 1 to 5, the Committee rated the performance by the LSB of

its statutory functions as 3. Specific shortcomings include a lack of access

to justice in some areas and a sense that the LSB could and should do

more in terms of policy making.

As to ii), the second part of the SRA’s consultation on the Solicitors

Qualifying Examination proved much less controversial with Committee

members that the first. On the whole it was felt that the criticisms levied at

the SRA in response to part 1 had been taken on board and addressed”.

The upshot is a credible proposal.

Mickaela Fox

Chair, Regulatory Committee

Criminal Practice Committee

This meeting was well attended when the following matters were discussed:-

CPP (Common Professional Platform):

The Common Professional Platform project is ongoing. The installation of

the digital system has been delayed because the current Merseyside Police

system has to continue running during this process.

The anticipated two-way interface system is expected to be in place by 5th

December 2016. Stage 1 in January 2017 will be reserved for the most

serious cases only but eventually it will be opened up to a greater number of

offences. Stage 2 will take place in February-March 2017 and will contain

the IDPC packs.

In the longer term we understand that it will be 12 -18 months before the

defence have individual access to interact with and upload case information

similar to the crown court digital case system and it will be a couple of

years before the CPP is in full working order. It is a stage by stage project

and there is an ongoing consultation process which will look at what is

needed from the defence perspective. It is important for defence

practitioners to provide input so that what works for us is implemented.

Live Link Evidence:

With regard to police officers giving live link evidence, we discussed the

practical issues at the last meeting and there are still various teething

problems and practical problems to be ironed out. Currently there are 5

courts with the live link facility. This results in those courtrooms without

the live link being left without work.

There is a consultation for the Magistrates’ Court to use those courtrooms

in the building which are currently unused. The aim is to have a total of 8

Magistrates’ Courts with the live link.

Ongoing Changes:

Since the last meeting plea and trial preparation forms in the Magistrates’

Court are now fully digital. The previous problems encountered with the

procedure for receipt of disclosure was discussed. The general view was

that the situation has improved but there are still cases where disclosure has

been requested well n advance of the hearing but is still not received prior to

the hearing. There is a facility for the CPS to identify who is responsible

for responding to IDPC requests on any given day. We have been asked to

make a note of the URN, name, date IDPC requested, which mail box used

and confirmation of lack of response or delay. Kieran Fielding and Paul

Kilty have acted on behalf of all defence practitioners in liaising with the

CPS and the courts in this regard and all members of the committee and

other practitioners are invited to e mail Kieran with the details. His e mail

address is The situation is being monitored.

At the last meeting we discussed the additional concern of how the digital

completion of the plea and trial preparation forms impacts on the Court


Duty Solicitor who may not be acting on the trial of a case or involved in

any other way following that specific hearing.

Again all practitioners are invited to e mail their concerns or views now that

they system is up and running via Kieran or the Chair, John Weate. His

email address is

Digital pre-sentence reports are now available to the Magistrates’ Courts.


As we are all aware, the Solicitors Continuing Competence Scheme replaces

hours based CPD with effect from 1 November 2016. The new regime

offers more flexibility but CPD itself hasn’t been abolished. Police station

reps and designated fee earners must still obtain a minimum of 6 hours per

year. The SRA no longer approves CPD providers or courses, it leaves it up

to you to decide whether the training you are receiving is up to the job.

For most criminal lawyers there will be a core requirement to keep abreast

of legal changes, cases, statutes, procedure, ethics etc. Liverpool Law

Society will still run a training programme of around 100 sessions per year

and currently on offer until May 2017 is a 12 month training season ticket

for £380 which will entitle each delegate to attend as many sessions as you

like. This is excellent value for money when you compare it with the cost of

individual CPD courses. If there is a strong intake, the offer will be

extended. In addition, Liverpool Law Society welcomes suggestions for

courses which cover the topics we really need. It is important that we

maintain this excellent training resource and if we don’t use it we are at risk

of losing it.

Follow Liverpool Law Society on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As well

as promoting the Law Society, these tools are an amazing way to make new

connections and build up your own professional network.

As this was the final meeting for 2016 the Criminal Practice Sub-Committee

wishes you all a prosperous New Year.

The next meeting is scheduled for 26th January 2017 at 4.00pm.

Eileen Chisnall

Criminal Practice Committee Member

Family Law Committee

As is usual with the Family Sub Committees it was well attended with 8

plus myself chairing.

We dealt with all our usual standing items. The committee had previously

identified those who are prepared to assist Jo Downey by way of subcommittees

to assist with the planning of the Private Law Child Conference

and Public Law Child Conference both of which are to take place in March.

It was also discussed how all committee members should try and become

members of the Law Society’s members group on LinkedIn and be

encouraged to enter dialogues arising out of committee meetings.

There were useful reports from those members of the committee who had

attended the Family Finance Committee recently at Court, it was a positive

meeting with useful information shared as to what is expected of

practitioners in finance proceedings by way of compliance and ensuring

Courts are updated as to reasons why directions may not be complied with.

The committee were able to send representatives to most meetings that take

place at Court relevant to family practitioners and share relevant

information at the committee meetings.There was also a useful update

provided by Elaine Richardson as to what is happening on a national level

at the Law Society by way of family law.

It was confirmed that we would like the local councillors to be asked at the

forthcoming meeting about what local councils are doing to ensure that

there is supported contact provision within each borough.

It was pleasing again to see the committee so well attended and we were

able to agree some members joining the committee from Merseyside Junior

Lawyers Division.

Date of the next meeting is the 8th February 2017.

Adele Schofield

Chair, Family Law Committee


Meet the President

John Ballam

John Ballam was elected the President of Liverpool Law

Society at the AGM in December and becomes the Society’s

190th President.

John has been involved with Liverpool Law Society since 1998

and took over as Chair of the Criminal Law Sub-Committee in

2001. John says that Liverpool Law Society remains as relevant

today as it has always been. John says that the main role or

objective of the Society is to “inform, assist and co-ordinate”. He

also says that the Society gives a voice to its members; whether

through meetings of the Society with local councillors and MPs,

meetings of the Joint V group of Liverpool, Manchester,

Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds law societies, at Chancery Lane

and ultimately ensuring that member’s views are heard in


John says that he hopes to be able to continue the work of his

predecessor, Alison Lobb, of promoting Liverpool Law Society

and its members to the wider business community and this year

will be attending the Liverpool Professionals Dinner which was

instigated by Alison in 2016. As John has spent the entirity of his

career based in Birkenhead, he would like to see the Society have

more engagement with members on the Wirral and from the rest

of Merseyside.

John says that his view of the profession is that they are defenders

of justice and the rule of law. He says “The government and the

state have tremendous power. They can remove our freedom and

finances and as lawyers we have a duty to ensure there is balance

and also to protect the rights of the individual.”

John is well aware that the role of President can be a challenging

one and says “There are many threats to Society and lawyers need

to be involved in the discussion. Of immediate concern is the

government’s proposal to reduce the small claims limit.” John

says that the impact of these proposals will be huge - removing the

ability of the individual to take action and, of course, have a

significant economic impact on local law firms. One of John’s first

duties as President was writing to the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss,

to ask that the deadline for the consultation be adjourned from 6th

January, to allow more time for responses to be submitted.

John has been a criminal practitioner for over 40 years and during

those 4 decades John has seen numerous changes. He says “Since

the 1980s, criminal practice has changed considerably. There have

been changes in procedure, new statutes and the introduction of

PACE in 1986. I was one of the first solicitors to be involved with

the voluntary Duty Solicitors Scheme, which was eventually taken

over by the Legal Aid Board. Then in 1994/95 came the

introduction of Legal Aid Franchising which was the start of the

decimation of crime work. More recently we have witnessed the

closure of many courts around the north west and the

digitalization of the court service.”

John was born and raised in Aigburth and attended Quarry Bank

High School with Peter Goldsmith, the Attorney General (from

2001 until 2007) and the footballer and manager Joe Royle. Other

illustrious alumni of Quarry Bank include John Lennon, the actor

Derek Nimmo and Sir Jon Murphy the recently retired Chief

Constable of Merseyside

John left school in 1968 and joined Arthur Russell Solicitors at 49

Hamilton Square, Birkenhead as the office junior and eventually

secured a clerkship with the firm. John says he took “the long

route” to qualification and his training included lectures from

John and Mary Conkerton. John qualified in 1978 and went into

partnership with Arthur Russell, which was essentially a general

high street practice and John undertook a broad spectrum of

work, including wills & probate, conveyancing, civil lit, family

and some crime work. In 1983 John moved around Hamilton

Square to set up his own crime practice at No 56 and then onto

DP Roberts Hughes & Denye a large general practice. Eventually

John set up a niche criminal law firm Ballams at No 58 and also

gained Higher Rights of Audience. He has also been on the

Committee of the national Criminal Law Solicitors Association.

John has slowly worked his way around Hamilton Square - he is

now a Consultant Solicitor-Advocate based at 11/12 Hamilton

Square with FPH Law Solicitors.

John has three children and one grandchild and enjoys spending

time with his family, gardening and travelling with his wife. As

readers of Liverpool Law will know John is also an apiarist or bee

keeper. Over the last few years changes within the eco-system

have had an adverse impact on the bee population which has seen

a massive decline. Bees are a crucial component to sustaining the

balance of the earth’s eco-system and John says that bee keeping

is his way of helping to save the planet! He adds that its also

relaxing and keeps the family supplied with fresh honey!

Julia Baskerville

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Charles H Elston TD, DL, LLD

1916 - 2016

Charles Elston died on 1 September 2016 just 3 months before his

100th birthday. He was born in Waterloo the younger of two sons.

His father worked for a prominent firm of cotton brokers in

Liverpool and his mother was a teacher. Both were nonconformist

church goers who brought their sons up with a sense

of philanthropic duty.

Charles attended Calday Grange Grammar School greatly enjoying

sport including cricket, rugby and latterly golf. He joined the firm of

Weightman Pedder &Co (as it was then known) in 1934 with a

break in 1936/7 to study law at University in London. He passed the

Law Society’s final exams with honours and a prize for the best

results in the North West.

He joined the Territorial Army in the 87th (1st West Lancs) Field

Regiment and was commissioned in May 1939. His time with the

firm was cut short by the advent of the Second World War. When he

was called up he was told that he was to go to India but it was not

until October 1940 that he joined a large convoy of vessels which

made its way to Bombay. His regiment, the Ist Indian A/A

Regiment, was then later despatched to Singapore on board the

(arguably ironically named) “Empress of Japan.” He had spent the

first year of the war on duty in the UK preparing for the expected

invasion and during this time became engaged to Connie Biddle.

Upon the fall of Singapore in February 1942 Charles became a

prisoner of war of the Japanese and worked on the infamous Burma

Railway until 15 August 1945. He was in the first party sent to

Thailand (then Siam). Towards the end of the war he was

reacquainted with Colonel Philip Toosey with whom he had become

friends on the Wirral before war broke out. Toosey was the senior

officer in charge of the building of the bridge over the River Kwai,

the subject of books and film.

Following the Japanese surrender Charles returned to England to his

family and to Connie. They married on 13 November 1945 and

moved to a house on the seafront in Hoylake where they lived until

Connie died from leukaemia in January 1985.

He quickly returned to his employment with Weightman Pedder &

Co and became a partner of the firm in the 1950’s. He was involved

in many high profile litigation cases. For many years he advised the

Liverpool Shipowners’ Association through the firm’s appointment

as Secretary. He was also consulted on arbitration and contractual

disputes in the cotton industry which had to be settled according to

the By-Laws and Rules of the then Liverpool Cotton Association.

He was often referred to by members of the local cotton trading

community as a “cotton man” such was his grasp of the industry’s

workings, obviously picked up from his father.

In 1973 he was appointed to represent the Manx government in the

Summerland fire disaster which required his presence in the Isle of

Man during the Inquiry which was subsequently convened.

Later on in his career he was instructed by the Solicitors Indemnity

Fund which had been established to deal with claims made against

member firms. He also acted as the local representative for the

Solicitors’ Benevolent Society. He was a major figure within the

Liverpool legal fraternity and further afield. He became the firm’s

Senior Partner and finally retired from the practice, as a consultant,

in 1992.

Charles was a source of inspiration and a role model for young

lawyers joining the firm and responsible in large part for maintaining

its reputation as a people orientated business. In an article written by

Charles commissioned for the publication “ A Century of Liverpool

Lawyers” he told of an “expedition” in 1925 organised and paid for


by the partners for the whole staff of probably about 40-50 people

to travel to the Wembley Exhibition. When Arthur Weightman and

his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary they

entertained everyone in the firm to dinner and to a visit to the

Empire Theatre where Gracie Fields was the star attraction.

Away from the office Charles was a keen sportsman playing hockey,

rugby, cricket and golf and he had a deep love of literature,

particularly poetry, and music. He was an ever present at the

Philharmonic Hall and he became a founder member and benefactor

of the Chester Music Festival and the Buxton Festival. He was a

member of Old Caldeians Rugby Club (later Caldy RUFC), Hoylake

and Calday Cricket Clubs and the Royal Liverpool Golf Club until

his death. He returned to rugby very quickly after the end the war

and incredibly was back in the 1st XV before the end of the

1945/1946 season. He was club captain the next season. He also

enjoyed regular lunches at the golf club attended by friends of a

similar vintage. He retained a keen interest in the welfare of the firm

and enjoyed many “get togethers” which he frequently hosted.

He became a trustee of the Far East Trust through his contact with

Philip Toosey. The trust was created to manage funds, raised or

donated for the welfare of those who had served as prisoners of war

in the Far East. He, and his good friends, John Smyth and Philip

Toosey, also played an active part in the Territorial Army after the


Taking a lead from his parents Charles also supported a number of

local charitable causes. He was involved in what was then the

Birkenhead Boys Club and was President for a lengthy period in the

1970s and 80s. He was also Chairman of what became the Mossley

Hill Hospital League of Friends.

On the creation of the Metropolitan County of Merseyside he was

appointed a Deputy Lieutenant and he was appointed High Sheriff

of Merseyside for 1984 to 1985. During his tenure as High Sheriff

the new Law Courts were opened by HM Queen Elizabeth 11, an

event which particularly pleased him. Liverpool University

appointed him an Honorary Doctor of Law in 1997.

He continued to live independently until after his 98th birthday

moving into a care home in late 2015. In August 2015 he attended

the VJ Day Service at the Liverpool Parish Church and as part of

the service recited from memory the lines from Laurence Binyon’s

“For the Fallen” (“They shall not grow old…”) a duty he was proud

to undertake.

He remained in good spirits, still surprising visitors with his

extraordinarily keen memory and ability to correct their grammar,

and recite, accurately, poetry until August 2016 when increasing

physical frailty finally caught up with him and he died peacefully in

his sleep after a short spell in hospital in Chester. He is survived by

his three children, Janet November, a retired lawyer and writer in

New Zealand, John a consultant eye surgeon, David a consultant

lawyer, and his 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

John and David Elston with Ian Evans.

PI Law Reform

PI Law Reform Wolf in MOJ

Consultation Sheeps’ Clothing

The MOJ have released the consultation that the personal injury industry have been waiting for since

George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement (see website link details below). The consultation entitled

“Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury “Whiplash” Claims Process” required a response by the 6th

January 2017. Kirsty McKno outlines the proposals and the Society’s reponse...

Despite a number of representations to the MOJ with regard to the

unreasonableness of the consultation period in view of the

significance of the proposed changes and intervening Christmas

period, including from Liverpool Law Society, it has been confirmed

that there is no intention to extend that period. The MOJ are

working to a timeline around the legislative change that will be

required if the proposals go ahead. This means that they wish to

release their own response during April. Part 8 of the consultation

specifically concerns implementation and confirms that it will be “as

soon as possible”.

George Osborne had originally stated that the intention behind the

reform was to both reduce fraud and create a saving to private

insurance premiums of £40 per annum. Interestingly the focus of the

consultation is based more upon the saving that would be passed to

policy holders from Insurers as a result of their making lower

compensation payments rather than the costs of fraud. Those lower

payments will be achieved by either removing the right to

compensation for “whiplash” altogether or introducing a tariff

where an injury of up to 6 months would attract an award of £400

with an additional £25 payment for any psychiatric elements. The

model extends up to a 24 month injury for which £3500 would be

received although the definition of “whiplash” is yet to be defined.

In addition to reduction by value of award there will be a reduction

in volume achieved through raising the small claims limit for injury

to £5000.

There are far more points to be made about the proposal than this

article permits many of which Capital Economics and Matthew

Maxwell-Scott of Slater & Gordon Lawyers were able to explain at a

meeting held for Liverpool Law Society members on 15th

December. They presented information relating to the empirical data

upon which the consultation has been based and that disproves for

example that the costs of injury claims are £40 per annum and that

raising the small claims limit would have unintended consequences

that include the removal of access to justice for victims of

employer’s liability and public liability claims. Capital Economics

have engaged in surveys that are able to demonstrate the serious

financial impact to Merseyside not just by the loss of legal jobs but

in the loss of work for those businesses that provide services to the

legal industry.

Despite a number of representations

to the MOJ with regard to the

unreasonableness of the consultation

period in view of the significance of

the proposed changes and

intervening Christmas period,

including from Liverpool Law Society,

it has been confirmed that there is no

intention to extend that period.

Liverpool Law Society represent both Claimant and Defendant

lawyers and it was good to see Defendant presence at the discussion.

The consultation is not just a Claimant issue but one that will

impact the industry as a whole and we are working to ensure that a

broad spectrum of views are canvassed and represented in our

response. We are also engaging with The Law Society and other

local law societies as well as trade bodies including the CHO and

APIL. In early January our immediate Past President Alison Lobb

and CLC Chair Kirsty McKno will meet with the Chair of the

Transport Select Committee Louise Ellman to raise their awareness

particularly with regard to the impact to accident victims not least

that without representation they will not have the ability to access

the MOJ portal to which claims must be submitted.

If there are any LLS members who would wish to contribute in

some way please do make contact via LLS or at


Financial Orders: Law & Practice



Local News

If you ever wonder whether responding to government

consultations makes any difference, read on ...

The government has backed down on its controversial proposal to

privatise the Land Registry. Tucked away in the Autumn Statement and

not mentioned in any of the accompanying press releases was the

confirmation that the Land Registry is to remain in the public sector.

This represents a massive u-turn for a government who have consulted

twice on this issue in as many years (the second consultation expressed

in terms of how, rather than whether, to privatise) and who even

included Land Registry privatisation in this year's Queen's Speech.

LLS influence

Liverpool Law Society (through its Non-contentious Business Subcommittee)

responded to both consultations and also briefed local MPs

on this important issue. Our concerns were rooted not in political

ideology, but over the need to preserve the integrity of a register that

evidences ownership of the vast majority of land in England and Wales

(24 million individual titles, worth £4 trillion) and to protect the

independent and impartial exercise of its quasi-judicial functions.

While Liverpool Law Society cannot claim to have single-handedly

saved the Land Registry, the government's change of heart was

undoubtedly influenced by the strength of feeling demonstrated in the

responses to its consultations and by the passion exhibited by wellbriefed

politicians from all parties in a recent parliamentary debate.

What next?

We have responded to the recent HMRC consultation on Stamp Duty

Land Tax, providing examples of transactions where reducing the

deadline for filing and payment from the current 30 days to 14 days

could cause hardship, particularly on the grant of new leases or where

SDLT is triggered by 'substantial performance' rather than legal


Liverpool Law Society saves the Land Registry!


Want to get involved?

You could consider joining the Society's specialist sub-committees, who

prepare and submit consultation responses on behalf of the Society. I

would also encourage all members to join our ‘Liverpool Law Society

Members’ discussion group on LinkedIn, for an opportunity to

contribute and help us ensure that our consultation responses truly

represent the views of our members.

Bill Chandler

Hill Dickinson LLP

Managing ‘Continuing

Competence’ (competently!)

Keith Harper considers how good appraisal systems mean effective solicitor

development and compliance with the SRA Continuing Competence


From 1 November 2016 all solicitors and firms must fully adopt the new

SRA Continuing Competence approach to ongoing professional

development, and comply with its regulations. Whilst it is clear that

many solicitors preferred the certainty of the previous system in terms of

compliance, the new approach allows greater flexibility, whilst

encouraging (and requiring) development to be undertaken in a way

which is most likely to be effective. The new system focuses on

‘reflective learning’. In practice this means using the new SRA

Competence Statement as a base for:

• Thinking/Reflecting (identifying the need)

• Planning (how will I satisfy the need?)

• Doing (engaging in learning)

• Reflecting again (what have I learned?)

• Implementing (putting learning in to practice).

Simple but effective if managed well.

The SRA of course requires that evidence of the process should be

recorded. There is no mandatory format for this which means that firms

and individuals can use a system which suits the nature of their practice

best. My experience suggests that it is this which worries them most! A

clear solution is to use an effective appraisal system as a fulcrum for the

process, based on competences which reflect both the SRA’s

Competence Statement and the firm’s business needs. Managing this

effectively should provide maximum benefit for all but the very smallest

of firms.

Whilst most firms have an appraisal system, many are not fit for purpose

or are not used as effectively as they might be. The same is true in some

cases where firms have their own competence framework in place. Both

appraisal systems and competence frameworks must be carefully tailored

to the needs and values of the firm, and now of course also need to

reflect the SRA Competence Statement to work well. This requires time,

skill and effort from the managers of firms, but can bring great rewards

from improved performance, greater motivation and greater comfort re

compliance going forward. Given the new Continuing Competence

regime, this year of all years should be the time for firms to review

existing systems and amend or create new ones to meet the needs of the

future. Could your firm benefit from this? Ask yourself these questions:

• Does your existing appraisal system reflect the SRA

Competence Statement?

• If your firm has a competence framework, does it reflect the

SRA Competences?

• Do you have a robust process for the completion and

management of development plans?

• Does your existing appraisal system work for your firm?

If the answer to any of these is ‘no’, now might be the time for

a change.

Keith Harper is a Management Consultant specialising in the development of

lawyers. In February 2017 he will present a course for Liverpool Law Society

‘Developing Effective Appraisal Systems to implement the SRA Continuing

Competence regulations’.



General Committee

Meeting with MPs

Friday 25 November

The political landscape looked

very different when we met

Justin Madders MP (Ellesmere

Port and Neston) and Luciana

Berger MP (Liverpool

Wavertree), compared with our

last meeting on 22 April,

following the Brexit vote and

changes of Prime Minister and

Justice Secretary. Nevertheless,

many issues previously discussed

still needed attention.

George Howarth MP (Knowsley)

and Maria Eagle MP (Garston

and Halewood), had planned to

attend but indicated that they were

unable to join us. Those not

attending are sent Minutes so that

they are aware of our

campaigning. Brexit was naturally

on the Agenda, but there was little

substantive progress that we could

review. Our meeting took place

between the High Court decision

and the start of the Supreme court

hearings, and the MPs indicated

that any Government Bill – ahead

of triggering Article 50 – was not

expected to be published before

the Supreme Court’s decision is

announced on the Appeal.

There was no lack of other

matters to discuss. Certain issues

remained as work in progress. The

proposed increase on Probate Fees

– on which Naomi Pinder (LLS

Non-Contentious Business

Committee Chair) and I had

lobbied – had been the subject of

Parliamentary questions laid by

George Howarth which, when

answered unsatisfactorily, led him

to seek a Westminster Hall debate.

Entry into the ballot for Debate

choices had been unsuccessful.

Bill Chandler’s briefing from the

LLS Non-Contentious Committee

on Land Registry privatisation had

assisted the MP’s and the

withdrawal of that proposal was

noted. The subject of McKenzie

Friends was noted for future


A development on the very day of

the meeting was that the Labour

Party’s review of Legal aid by

Lord Bach had just been

published, and Chris Topping as

Chair LLS Access to Justice

Committee, coupled this point

with reference to Amnesty

International’s adverse criticism of

Legal aid provision in this

Jurisdiction. Luciana Berger asked

for feedback on the Bach Report,

so LLS are encouraged to send

their views to the Society.

Kirsty McKno as Chair of the

Civil Litigation Committee

provided an update on the

proposed exchanges in Soft Tissue

injury claims and the Small

Claims PI limit, supplemented by

Stewart McCulloch in his LLS

Public Relations role, highlighting

a number of practical issues not

addressed by the Government.

The two MPs offered to write

Parliamentary questions and plans

for further liaison – including

perhaps with Louise Ellman MP

(Chair of the Commons Transport

Select Committee) were discussed.

This is a crucial topic and LLS

members are encouraged to

oppose the plans.

The two MPs each referred to

particular issues raised by their

Constituents. Justin Madders

referred to Leasehold owners

facing extortionate Ground Rents,

and asked if LS members could let

him have evidence of these

difficulties to support his

campaign for reform. Luciana

Berger asked for examples of

online fraud in her campaign to

protect IT users, and also referred

to those who cannot manage to

enforce Judgments in matters such

as Boundary disputes which I

suggested could be achieved via

use of Legal Expenses Insurance

in Household policies.

Our next meeting with the MPs is

likely to take place in March 2017.

Apart from Brexit, there should be

no shortage of other key issues

affecting our Clients and us, so

please let me know if you want us

to raise particular points with our

area’s MPs or to provide useful

evidence to support the

Parliamentarians’ work .

Jeremy Myers

LLS Parliamentary Liaison


Meet the new Director of

Liverpool Law Society

Gaynor Williams of Bennett

Williams was elected to the

General Committee of Liverpool

Law Society at the AGM,

becoming a Director of the


Gaynor is from the Wirral, or as

she says ‘over the water” and

specialises in debt recovery,

business disputes and insolvency.

Gaynor began her legal career

with Thomas Higgins Solicitors in

Wallasey and then Bermans in

Liverpool. In 2012 Gaynor and

Richard Bennett set up Bennett

Williams, a niche commercial law

firm specialising in debt recovery,

commercial dispute resolution and

insolvency law. Since the launch

of the firm almost five years ago

they have won a number of

accolades, including a Liverpool

Law Society Legal Award and a

Wirral Chamber of Commerce


Gaynor says that she joined the

General Committee of Liverpool

Law Society because she wants to

become more involved in the work

of the Society and is interested in

regulation issues.

Gaynor is married and has three

children ages 14, 22 and 25. She

enjoys running with her two dogs

most days. She says “Running

helps to clear my head and keeps

me fit.”

University of Liverpool

Law School Drinks

On 24th November LLS members were

invited again to the beautiful

surroundings of the School of Arts

library on Abecromby Square for the

School of Law and Social Justice’s

annual drinks reception. It was a shame

that there were not more representatives

from LLS, due to a clash with other

events but there was a good turnout from the School of Law.

Prof Debra Morris shared the School’s successes over the last year and

plans for the future including the building of an entirely new School of

Law on the city campus which will be able to offer state of the art

facilities and training for law students coming to Liverpool (a far cry

from my endless hours in the moot room I am sure).

The reception was open to students, academic staff and employability

and careers staff and there was lively discussion about every subject

from Brexit to training contracts, apprentices and access to justice, to

the Investigatory Powers Bill and everything in between.

It was a great event to strengthen ties between the professional and the

academic sides of the law in Liverpool. If we are to continue to

promote Liverpool as a centre of legal excellence we want some of the

best and the brightest students to stay here, either as practitioners or to

continue research into important legal and social issues. Events such

as this are key to strengthening the links between the present and

future members of the society.

Nina Ferris

Hill Dickinson LLP



Part time Lawyer: an impossible

struggle or worth the juggle?

Any employee with more than 26 weeks’ service has the right to

request to work on a flexible basis or, in other words, a different way

of working which suits them. But in a notoriously demanding

profession like the law, is it really possible to balance flexible working

with a successful career? Are law firms really open to the idea and is

the quest for the elusive work/life balance worth the inevitable stress

of juggling work and responsibilities away from the office?

When I first started at Weightmans as a paralegal straight out of college

in 1998, the concept of flexible working was not something I had given

much thought to. Eighteen years later, I am still at Weightmans and now

working in the Motor Multi Track team. However, now that I have two

children aged 11 and 8, the ability to work part-time and have some

flexibility is vital to me in managing my home life while continuing to

work as a solicitor.

Flexible working is something that most of us will need at some point,

whether it is just on an occasional basis or whether we need to change

our way of working in a more permanent way to suit our personal

circumstances. My husband works away for much of the week and I

commute from Chester to Liverpool so I knew once our first baby

arrived that I wanted to work part-time so that I would also have the

time (and energy) to be at home as much as finances would allow.

I have been extremely lucky as Weightmans were open to the concept of

flexible working long before they were legally required to consider

employee’s requests. In return, I have also tried to be realistic in my

requests. While it is possible in some jobs to request term-time working

only, I know that this is entirely unrealistic in my role managing a

caseload and would have a detrimental effect on my colleagues who

would have to pick up my cases for a third of the year while I was out of

the office!

I also think it is important to be flexible as an employee. Although

sometimes an important hearing or meeting will fall outside my usual

hours, I will always try and make arrangements to attend if I can.

Our needs for flexibility change as well and, although I have been parttime

for over 10 years now, I have been lucky enough to be able to adjust

my working hours as my children have grown up. When they were

small, it was important to me to limit the amount of time and the

number of days I had to be away from them but, now that they are both

at school, I find it better to work five short days a week. This means I

can manage my caseload every day but also be home with the children

after school to manage all the various activities then.

Flexible working is, by its very nature, an entirely personal thing and my

reduced working hours generally work for me but, of course, life rarely

runs smoothly where little people are involved! By the time I arrive in

the office at about 9.30 am (while it might appear to colleagues who

have been in since 7.30am that I have just rolled out of bed) I can feel

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I have been extremely lucky as

Weightmans were open to the concept of

flexible working long before they were

legally required to consider employee’s

requests. In return, I have also tried to

be realistic in my requests. While it is

possible in some jobs to request term-time

working only, I know that this is entirely

unrealistic in my role managing a caseload

and would have a detrimental effect on

my colleagues who would have to pick

up my cases for a third of the year

while I was out of the office!

like I have already done a day’s work! Battles over teeth brushing, lost

items of clothing and last minute spelling practice over breakfast can all

feature in the daily routine. Then there’s two school drop offs and a 40

minute commute to contend with. Anything out of the ordinary, such as

a fancy dress costume needed for school remembered at the last minute,

can push me over the edge before I even arrive at my desk!

There’s also the daily juggle of managing two distinctly different parts of

my life balancing netball matches and carol services with Defences and

Trials. Sometimes it can feel like there’s just not much time to relax and

I can look at the mums who are off to the gym from the school drop-off

with envy!

On the plus side, working shorter hours every day has definitely made

me more efficient and productive in the office. I used to be able to stay

an hour or two later or come in early if I hadn’t got everything done but

I no longer have that option.

Of course, the best laid plans can also always be derailed by an ill child

needing to be off school and it always seems to happen at the worst

possible time! In one particularly memorable call from school while I

was at my desk, I was told I needed to pick up my youngest from school

as he had pushed a pom-pom up his nose during a craft session and

needed taking to A&E!

My need for flexibility can therefore be last minute and so I will also

occasionally need to work from home if either of my children is off

school ill. Thankfully, technology has made it so much easier for us to

do this with the ability to log on to work systems from home and Court

hearings by telephone. The downside is that a couple of hours of the

working day out of the office can mean dozens of missed emails to

catch up on and, for this reason, I try not to log on to my email in the

evening unless I really have to!

For all the drama and competing responsibilities though, the ability to

work flexibly means that, for me, I can still do a job I trained for many

years to do and be at home with my children as much as possible too so

it is more than worth the juggle. Although that reminds me, my son has

a drama presentation at school in the middle of the day tomorrow so I

had better get that request to work at home in now!

Sara Shutler

Assistant Solicitor

Motor Multi Track

Weightmans LLP


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Morecrofts Solicitors has recruited half a

dozen of the region’s brightest young lawyers

across its Liverpool and Wirral offices.

The six new fee-earners will further strengthen

the law firm’s award-winning employment,

commercial and family law departments in

response to an increase in new client


Solicitor Josh Makin has joined Morecrofts’

commercial law team, based at its Liverpool

headquarters, following a two-year spell at

DDE Law. Makin qualified as a solicitor in

2015 after completing his Legal Practice Course

with a commendation.

Michael Gossage has also qualified as a

solicitor following a successful training contract

with Morecrofts and has been appointed to

work in the firm’s litigation team.

Kelly Faulkner has been appointed as a

paralegal in the employment law team

following her completion of the LPC with

distinction at the University of Law in Chester.

Her previous roles include financial claims

handler at Huntswood and a paralegal at


She is joined by Ryan McAvoy, who completed

his law degree at Liverpool John Moores

University and this year received the Vice-

Chancellor's Award of £10,000 to complete a

Master of Laws in International Business

Corporate Finance Law. McAvoy will work

across the firm’s employment law, commercial

litigation and personal injury teams.

Morecrofts welcomes crop

of young legal talent

Meanwhile, Morecrofts has boosted its family

law team with the appointments of paralegals

Eleanor Slater and Rebecca Dobbs, who will

both be based at the firm’s Wirral office.

Ms Dobbs graduated earlier this year with a

first class law degree from the University of

Liverpool, where she served as the pro bono

officer for the Legal Society and volunteered as

a counsellor for NSPCC.

Ms Slater studied law at the University of

Liverpool, completed the BPTC and LPC with

distinction and is currently working towards her

Masters at BPP Liverpool. She was previously

an advocate in RTA claims and worked in

employment and public litigation at Hill


Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts

Solicitors, said: “We felt it was an important

move to recruit some of the most promising

young lawyers on Merseyside as we continue to

build a platform for future growth.

“We may be one of the region’s longest

established independent law firms, but we have

thrived for so long by always keeping an eye on

the future and ensuring we have the right

people in place to adapt to the ever-changing


“This volume of recruitment also reflects the

high number of new clients we have welcomed

to the firm in the past year and their

appointments have allowed us to strengthen the

business across a number of key departments.”



Caption: (L-R) Michael Gossage, Eleanor Slater, Rebecca Dobbs,

Kelly Faulkner, Josh Makin, Ryan McAvoy

Movers & Shakers


Movers & Shakers

MSB confirms move to No4 St Pauls Square

Liverpool law firm MSB Solicitors has relocated its city centre

commercial headquarters to St Paul’s Square.

The firm, which also has offices in Allerton and Wavertree, has moved

from Silkhouse Court in Tithebarn Street to No4 St Paul’s Square.

MSB has signed a 10-year lease with Muse Developments from this


The move comes after staff numbers at MSB have risen by more than

10% since January.It now employs 100 people across three sites and has

announced five new partners will be appointed in March 2017.

Managing partner Paul Bibby established MSB in 1988 with head of

crime Sean Sexton.

Since then, the firm has expanded significantly and in 2010, MSB moved

into premises in Silkhouse Court to accommodate its growing private

client and commercial teams. MSB’s new office, located on the first floor

of No4, boasts more than 5,500 sq ft in the heart of Liverpool’s

commercial district. St Pauls Square has become a popular address for

professional services firms in the city.

Mr Bibby commented: “Silkhouse Court has been a fantastic home for

us over the past 6 years and has allowed us the space to grow, put plans

into practice and achieve some of our objectives as a firm. However,

when the building was sold to residential developers in June, it prompted

a move that was probably overdue.We really feel that this is the ideal

address for us, putting us amongst a number of our peers and partners

and with all of the facilities we need to continue to develop and offer an

exceptional service to our clients.”

Mark Worthington of Worthington Owen negotiated terms on behalf of

MSB with Neil Kirkham of CBRE representing current landlords Muse


National interiors and refurbishment specialists Aztec has been working

Mark Worthington, Worthington Owen, Neal Maxwell,

Aztec Interiors, Jo Dalton and Paul Bibby, MSB

with MSB partner Jo Dalton on the fit out of the new office. Founder,

Neal Maxwell said: “It’s been a pleasure supporting MSB through this

latest expansion. Our team has worked closely with Jo throughout the

move in order to understand their requirements and offer guidance and

advice to find the best solutions.

Bill Addy, chairman of the Liverpool Commercial District BID, added:

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Movers & Shakers

DWF to merge with commercial law

firm C & H Jefferson

Legal business DWF, which

has a strong presence in

Liverpool has announced plans

to merge with Belfast-based

commercial law firm C & H

Jefferson. This continues the

focus which DWF has on

increasing its service delivery

capability to national and

international clients across the

industrial, commercial,

property and insurance

markets in the UK. The merger

was effective from Thursday 1,


C & H Jefferson is one of the

largest legal practices in

Northern Ireland and is

recognised as a leader in the

Belfast market. Led by

Managing Partner Ken

Rutherford, the firm has over

100 years’ experience delivering

specialist legal services to a

diverse range of clients across

Northern Ireland.

The firm has a strong

commercial practice with a

particular focus on the banking

and finance sector, advising the

major banks and financial and

lending institutions in Northern

Ireland as well as providing

specialist advice to leading

insolvency practitioners. C & H

Jefferson also acts for a number

of Northern Irish, UK and

international property

developers, retailers and

renewable energy operators and

has one of the most active

property teams in the region.

C & H Jefferson also has specific

expertise in litigation, professional

indemnity and employers’, public

liability and motor claims,

complementing DWF’s existing

national insurance practice, and

advises several leading national

and international insurers in

defence litigation, including the

Law Society of Northern Ireland’s

Professional Indemnity Insurers.

In addition to general defence

work, C & H Jefferson has strong

expertise in industrial disease

litigation and is one of only four

firms appointed to the Law

Society of Northern Ireland’s

negligence claims panel.

The merger will allow DWF to

further develop its commercial and

insurance offerings and increase

opportunities to enhance services

to the firm’s clients and add depth

and breadth to its existing sector

capability, particularly across the

real estate and financial services

sectors. Following the merger, Ken

Rutherford, Gareth Jones, Scott

McCarroll, Mark Tinman and Ian

Stanfield will join DWF as

partners and David Lennon

becomes a consultant.

Andy Nichol, Executive Partner of

DWF’s Liverpool office,

comments: “As a firm we are

always looking at strategic

opportunities for growth that will

enhance our legal capability in key

practice areas and allow us to offer

our clients advantages in terms of

resource, reach and multijurisdiction

expertise. The legal

market in Northern Ireland is

vibrant, and rapidly changing, and

this merger makes us wellequipped

to take advantage of the

growing number of opportunities

it presents in our target sectors.”

DWF in Liverpool employs circa

350 people offering the full range

of commercial legal services in

areas including employment and


C & H Jefferson Managing

Partner Ken Rutherford adds: “As

our international client base has

grown we have continued to

explore how we can adapt in order

to meet their changing needs.

DWF is a very strong fit for us in

terms of its culture and approach

to legal services, and through this

merger we will be able to create

new opportunities for our clients

with the benefit of DWF’s

expansive national footprint,

service efficiencies and growing

international remit.”

This will be DWF’s 12th UK

office; the firm also has locations

in Dublin, Cologne, Munich,

Dubai and Brussels.

Andy Nichol

Ken Rutherford

Continued growth for Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors

Paul Crowley & Co solicitors

has bolstered its personal injury

offering with a raft of new

appointments this year.

The Liverpool-based firm, which

has offices in West Derby,

Anfield and the city centre, has

more than doubled the size of its

now 17-strong personal injury

team over the last 12 months.

Paul Crowley & Co will now

welcome solicitor James Reed as

part of this continued growth, as

the firm looks to bolster its

offering as a client focused

compensation claims specialist.

Specialising in employer liability

and public liability claims, James

joins the firm from Pilkington

Shaw solicitors, having qualified

as a solicitor in March this year.

James’ appointment follows a

raft of new appointments to the

personal injury department for

2016, including Elaine Walker as

the new head of department, as

well as the launch of a new

holiday sickness claims subdepartment.

Senior partner, Paul Crowley,

says: “I am delighted to welcome

James into our personal injury

department, and I am confident

that he will be a valuable asset to

the team as we look to grow and

develop our compensation claims


“We have worked tirelessly over

the last 12 months to build a

team who offer expert legal

advice, whilst providing the

highest level of client care.

Building strong relationships

based on confidence and trust is

central to our professional

approach, and is particularly

important when it comes to

clients who might need that extra

support after suffering an

accident. Looking ahead to 2017

I am confident that we will now

build upon this foundation and

continue to grow our services.”

James Reed


Movers & Shakers

Local Law Firm wins National Award

The Keith Jones Partnership is a niche practice specialising in

business to business debt recovery and commercial litigation. It

was formed in 2006, with clients ranging from sole traders through

to international PLCs, and over the last 10 years has grown from

strength to strength. Over the last decade it has received numerous

awards and accolades on a local and national basis, including being

entered in The Legal 500 editorial for the fifth year running. The

Keith Jones Partnership have been recommended in the Dispute

Resolution category for the North West and were particularly

commended for being “very fluent and organised” and “excellent

with clients”.

To add to its list of honours, the practice was recently shortlisted as

finalists in 2 categories in the Collections & Customer Service Awards

2016; Best Customer Service and Best Legal/Judicial Services

Provider. The Collections & Customer Service Awards, hosted by

Credit Strategy, recognises the outstanding achievements of those

within the credit and collections industry on a national basis. The

winners were announced at a black tie event which took place on 24th

November 2016 at The Midland in Manchester.

The Keith Jones Partnership were delighted to be declared the winner

for the category of Best Legal/Judicial Services Provider. This

category is open nationally to Debt Collection Agencies or Law Firms

offering litigation and other legal based collection and recovery

services and The Keith Jones Partnership were up against very tough

competition. The judging panel featured some of Britain’s biggest

banks, such as RBS, HSBC and Santander, along with MBNA, Tesco

Bank and the Credit Services Association.

The Keith Jones Partnership

The Managing Director, Keith Jones, said “We are thrilled to have

been nationally recognised in this manner and it is wonderful that our

team’s hard work is acknowledged in such a way. To win this award

is a huge honour for us and is no mean feat for a provincial law firm

on the Wirral. We are also extremely proud to fly the flag for Wirral

and promote the Merseyside area as a legal and business centre of


Hill Dickinson Partner joins Professional

Liverpool Board

Hill Dickinson partner, Matt Noon, has been appointed to the board of thriving

business membership organisation Professional Liverpool (PL).

The organisation - which promotes professional excellence in Liverpool and the city

region, announced the appointment at its AGM last week.

Matt, a corporate partner at the Liverpool headquartered international law firm, was

appointed to the PL board after membership at the organisation soared 27 per cent over

the last year.

Speaking shortly after his appointment Matt said: “I’m delighted to be joining the board

at such an important time for Professional Liverpool. There are now 280 member firms,

which is 60 more than 12 months ago. To me, that is reflective of the level of business

activity across the city region and as somebody born and raised in the city, it’s a great

way of helping to promote the quality of the professional services offering in Liverpool.”

Matt, who covers all forms of corporate acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, has led

and completed a number of sizeable deals for Hill Dickinson over the past few months,

including the management buyout of ITC Luxury Travel, backed by private equity firm

NorthEdge Capital, as well as the £36M sale of Carrs Flour Mills by Carrs Group Plc (a

long standing client of Matt’s) to Whitworth Holdings.

Matt commented: “In the first nine months of the year, there was recorded total of 616

deals across the region compared to 601 a year earlier. This shows that while there was a

period of slight uncertainty immediately after the Brexit announcement, activity has

remained high across the region.”

Matt Noon

Matt, named by Legal Week as a rising star in the M&A field, will sit on the Professional

Liverpool board as chaired by Jim Gill.


Movers & Shakers

Growth Leads to Multiple New Hires for Law Firm

Altrincham based independent law firm MLP Law has reported

significant growth in its half-year results. This, in turn has led to

multiple promotions and hires across various departments.

Steve Hartley has been promoted from Legal Director to Partner of a

very busy Commercial and Corporate team, which trainee James Finney

has qualified into.

Legal Director of Real Estate Richard Holmes joined the team in

August last year to lead the firm’s real estate team. Building on this,

William Birtwell has also joined the Real Estate team as a solicitor from

Fieldings Porter at the end of November.

Other significant hires this year include Associate Solicitor Anna Nuttall

who moved from Taylor Rose in July. Nuttall will be heading up the

MLP Law Residential team, which also recently welcomed Lucy

Harrison as a solicitor in October.

Growth across the board, particularly in the firm’s Corporate &

Commercial, Wills, Trust’s & Probate and Employment & HR teams,

has resulted in a year-on-year revenue increase of 42%.

MLP Law’s Managing Partner, Stephen Attree said: “Our property team

has grown significantly alongside growth in the number of clients we’re

acting for across all our teams; we’re striving for growth by investing in

high-quality business savvy lawyers who work closely with ambitious

and like-minded clients. We also acquired a Wills bank in the middle of

the year, expanding the service offering of our private client team and

adding to the quality work they continue to do.

Commercial & Corporate is also growing. This is through a mix of

corporate transactional work, the continuation of strengthened working-

relationships with our existing clients, and the acquisition of significant

new business. Our retainer-based solution is a popular choice, as clients

can spread work and costs over a one- or two-year period - and some

even longer - such is our flexibility as a firm. By establishing long-term

partnerships with clients, we can add value through additional services

such as accountability, attending board meetings, helping drive business

strategy and growth - something our clients recognise us for.”

MLP Law’s employment team also continues to go from strength to

strength. The firm hired Legal Director of Employment & HR Daniel

Walker to head up the team earlier on this year. He’s working alongside

Employment Partner Karen Bexley to ensure this team is well-placed

for continued growth next year. In addition, solicitor Gareth Matthews

has been promoted to Associate.

Attree continued: “Each of our new team members brings a wealth of

experience and commitment to exceedingly high standards. As a firm,

we’re accessible for clients that want professional services delivered in a

way they want - not how traditional law firms have in the past.

It’s ingrained into our company culture to deliver exceptional service

for our national and regional clients, from our main hub just outside

Manchester’s city centre. We’re now looking to expand this growth to

our Media City and Liverpool branches through continued investment.

We’re also looking for likeminded individuals to join us, seeking out

professionals who want to join our successful and growing team.”

Alongside more new hires, MLP Law is also looking for a number of

new charities to partner with. The firm is already a strong supporter of

local beneficiaries, including RMCH, Alex Hulme Foundation and

Lalley Toy Appeal, and raises funds by encouraging its employees to

give some of their time to help the local community.

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Council Member’s Report

Council Member’s Report

The latest news from Charlie Jones, Council Member for Merseyside

Unfortunately I was unable to

attend the Council Meeting on 14


There was a full meeting on that

day and issues discussed included

the Value Proposition,

Governance, and various other

important issues affecting our

profession. I am awaiting a

summary of what took place and I

will pass this to the Editor just as

soon as I get it.

As many of you will know there

are two important consultations

which close at the beginning of

January, namely the consultation

from the SRI on the new route to

qualification and also a

consultation relating to Personal

Injury Reform. As you will know

the Society is working hard in

relation to both consultations.

In so far as the route to

qualification is concerned, the

SRA’s latest set of proposals takes

on board many of the concerns

which the Society identified in the

first consultation. Particularly

welcoming was the proposed

inclusion of a degree level

qualification and two years work

based training in all routes to

entry: both, in the Societies view,

key elements which contribute to

the robustness of a solicitor’s

competence and the international

respect that England and Wales

enjoy as a jurisdiction.

As regards the proposed reforms

in relation to Personal Injury, this

has been well documented

elsewhere and I have attended

meetings in Liverpool and London

to discuss this. It is absolutely

vital that Practitioners who act for

claimants produce evidence of

how access to justice will be

affected by these reforms, using

real examples from clients

(obviously anonymised). It is also

vital that the media, Politicians,

and the public generally are made

aware of the access to justice





The CMA (Competition and

Markets Authority) has published

its final market study report into

legal services. Whilst the CMA

has not recommended a full

market investigation, it emphasises

the need to create greater

transparency of pricing and

services in the legal services

market. Robert Bourns, our

President, responded to the report

by saying ‘a desire for greater

competition and de-regulation in

the legal services sector must not

be allowed to undermine

consumer protection. The CMA’s

decision not to conduct a market

investigation into the legal sector

is welcomed, however, it is

astonishing that some of the

CMA’s recommendation’s

prioritise deregulation over

consumer protection’.

In these days of non-lawyers

becoming Lord Chancellor, it is

interesting to reflect that only one

solicitor has become Prime

Minister: namely, David Lloyd

George 100 years ago on 7

December 1916. A reception was

held at the House of Lords to

celebrate his premiership. A

dinner was also held on 7

December 2016, in his honour, in

London, at which the President

Robert Bourns spoke.

I was invited to attend and speak

to the Warrington Law Society at

their Annual Dinner, and at their

AGM on 25 November. I felt very

honoured to be asked, and it was a

thoroughly enjoyable event.

Particular thanks to Tim Jordan,

now the immediate Past President,

for inviting me, and to the Society

for their extremely warm welcome,

and hospitality. I was asked ‘What

is the role of a local Law Society

such as Warrington Law Society?’,

and I replied that I think as time

goes on the community of local

lawyers keeping in touch and

sticking together and working

together is becoming even more

essential than it might have been

over past years. I think it is

essential that Warrington Law

Society works closely with other

local law societies, and in

particular Liverpool Law Society.

There is an old saying that a

problem shared is a problem

halved and provincial and local

societies must not get isolated, and

of more concern, forgotten about,

by the central behemoth in

London. It is felt that this has

occurred in the past, although I

know the current President and

Vice President are people that

value local input.

Within Merseyside and District

are Southport and Ormskirk

District Law Society, Wigan Law

Society, Warrington Law Society,

and Liverpool Law Society. I

encourage all to work together to

share ideas, views and initiatives.

I take this opportunity to wish you

all the very best of fortune,

prosperity and health in 2017. I

hope that the Law Society in

Chancery Lane will have

completed initiatives in relation to

the Value Proposition and

Governance in early 2017 which

will assist in shaping the Society

to go forwards with purpose and


In the meantime, if anyone

requires me to try and assist them

in any way, you know how to get

hold of me, or if you do not, my

details are below.

A very Happy New Year to you


Charlie Jones.Weightmans LLP.

Co Council Member Merseyside

and District. 01512427919,

charlie.jones @

Bar Feature

A complete approach to a

changing legal landscape?

With digitalisation and deregulation, as well as

the changing landscape in terms of costs and

funding, it is inevitable that the way in which

legal services are provided will change

massively.Complete Mediation, a specialist

multi disciplinary service which has just been

launched and based in Liverpool, reflects this

need for change. It operates as a parallel

business to Complete Counsel – a digital

support business for Barristers.

Both Complete Counsel and Complete

Mediation are managed by Claire Labio as

Practice Director. Claire also manages Pro-vide

Law, a web based education and training

enterprise and Facilitate Expert Solutions Ltd,

which provides practice and financial support

for expert witnesses. These ventures work in

conjunction with each other and there is

significant synergy in their operation. The

model is based on essentially digital businesses

which can operate through the same resource

base thus remaining lean and agile. Basic

processes are undertaken digitally with

outsourced support as necessary. Areas where

more one on one support is required, practice

management for example, are tailored to the

individual’s needs and are provided through a

suitably skilled and experienced expert. The

result is an approach which is efficient, provides

value for money and enables you to reach your


Complete Counsel was launched in 2015 by

Claire and Charles Feeny, Barrister, in

conjunction with Martyn Best of Document

Direct, the leading digital transcription agency

which provides support to Complete Counsel.

The business plan provides for incremental

growth which was deemed necessary given the

innovative nature of the business. Complete

Counsel is currently seeking ISO 90001

accreditation to ensure high standards are

maintained. The number of specialist barristers

now using the service has risen to eight, in

accordance with the business plan. Tom

Goodhead and James Byrne clinical negligence

and group litigation specialists have just

commenced using Complete Counsel for their

practices in the North of England.

Many still refer to it as being a virtual

chambers, which surprises Claire. “It is not a

chambers at all. The chambers model still

involves substantial expenditure on areas which

are no longer required including excessive

amounts of space, too many staff undertaking

basic process and the resultant need to manage

those premises and staff. I have always been a

traditionalist but there comes a time one needs

to sit up and recognize the challenges facing us.

The need to operate in a more lean and agile

way whilst still ensuring quality standards are

met is the way forward Of course there are

some Chambers who have always operated in

this way together with some who are now

trying to change their model to fit the changing

landscape. This is an important step as I believe

it is the only way they can survive over the next

decade and beyond”.

Complete Mediation is a mediation service

which accords with the clear perception that

Claire Labio

true alternatives to traditional litigation must

now be found. Complete Mediation has been

carefully planned in terms of suitable mediators

and its approach to providing mediation

services. As part of this process, Claire

undertook mediation training through the

leading provider of such training, CEDR, in

August of this year in Sitges near to Barcelona.

Her success in qualifying will enable her to

manage a mediation service with real insight.

She found the course very helpful in terms of

understanding the nature of mediation and its

role as a true alternative to litigation as opposed

to an adjunct.

“It is important to understand that mediation

has very distinct advantages over litigation. It

can be early and swift. It enables the parties to

define the issues that matter, have some control

over the process and to achieve a solution

which is acceptable to them. Litigation is

protracted, about winners and losers and does

not engage with all the parties’ concerns.

Even if mediation did not have these

advantages, it would still be necessary given the

current climate in relation to court fees and

reducing costs entitlements. In practical terms

and to the regret of many, access to justice

through the Courts is going to be very limited

and true alternatives have to be found.”

The panel of mediators at Complete Mediation

includes in addition to Claire, Professor Gus

Baker, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology

at The University of Liverpool, Charles Feeny,

Barrister, Daghni Rajasingham, the only

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

qualified as a mediator, Scott Donovan, Ana

Samuel, Lorraine Mensah, Michelle Fanneran

Barristers, Michael Swift, Chartered

Accountant, John O’Neill Insurer/re-insurer

and Alison Joyce, Solicitor and David Miller

Orthopaedic Surgeon.

For further information about Complete

Mediation, please consult the website: or contact

Claire at



Local News

Liverpool’s relationship with China is strong,

says Hill Dickinson’s Martyn McDonald

International law firm Hill Dickinson say Liverpool is building stronger

connections with China than ever before.

Martyn McDonald, Head of Retail in the firm's Business Service Group,

accompanied a delegation led by Mayor Anderson on its visit to several

major cities in China last month, said top level relationships are being

formed and Liverpool City Region’s tourism, education, cultural activities

and civic links are all set to benefit.

“Following my visit to China accompanied by representatives from,

amongst others, Invest Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, Wirral

Chamber, Wirral Council, Peel Holdings, Isle of Man Government,

Liverpool Airport and John Moores University a number of high profile

contacts have been made with companies both in China and the UK as a

direct result of the delegation,” said Martyn.

“In fact, as reported globally there is a golden age relationship forming

with China and a willingness to connect from high-level government

officials and companies all keen to do business.

“With China’s foreign direct investment continuing to increase year on

year, the potential for co-operation between China and the UK is better

than ever. Shanghai is actually twinned with Liverpool and a real synergy

is evident between the two cities. On 5 March 2015 Liverpool Vision

signed a Memorandum of Understanding with their equivalent

organisation in Shanghai namely Invest Shanghai. The MOU was signed

by the Assistant Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar and Mr Fang Sun,

Director Shanghai FID European Division.

The objective of the delegation was to attract Chinese investment into

Liverpool and the wider region by promoting the areas growing economy,

lower operating costs compared with many other UK locations, the deep

pool of talent which includes graduate and skilled workers, high quality

premises and development sites, and its excellent links to London and

two international airports.

During the visit to China, delegates enjoyed updates on investment

policies from senior members of the Chinese government, found out

about new trends and opportunities in key sectors of industry,

manufacturing, construction, technology and retail and learnt from case

studies of leading Chinese businesses who have successfully invested in

the UK.

The delegation was joined by Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

Following the visit Mayor Anderson said “The delegation proved another

a significant step in raising the City Region’s profile and strengthening

relationships with important economic centres across China. Our

engagement with China is now beginning to deliver very real benefits for

the City Region and we can look forward with confidence to more

positive outcomes in the future as relationships mature.”

Martyn, who acts for key Hill Dickinson clients including Mason

Partners on multi-million-pound property acquisitions and disposals of

complex sites, attended a conference in Shanghai which featured a speech

from Lord Sassoon, Chairman of China-Britain Business Council


"Throughout the period the delegation were travelling in China there was

a real openness and willingness to make connections.” said Martyn.

One to one business meetings were organised which gave me the

opportunity to explain how as a firm we are able to assist with the whole

process of property acquisition in the UK supported by team members

from all legal disciplines."

“Hill Dickinson are members of the Liverpool China Partnership chaired

by Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision. The Liverpool

China Partnership has been formed to expand, strengthen and deliver

greater benefit from the City Regions' trade investment, tourism,

education, cultural and other links with China. As part of this initiative

Hill Dickinson work in tandem with CBBC which helps UK companies

grow and develop their business in China."

As a follow on from the delegation the Qingdao International Economic

Co-operation Zone is scheduled to visit Liverpool next month and the

Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Co-operation

are also planning a field study trip in early January 2017, with the

objective of exploring the UK’s best practice and experience in

administering and managing free economic zones.

A Monumental Year for AlphaBiolabs

AlphaBiolabs experienced a monumental year in 2016 when the

company won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the

development work of their fast DNA testing. The only laboratory in

their sector to ever receive a Queen’s Award.

“We were immensely proud to have won such a prestigious award and the

recognition that comes with it. Now we have turned our focus to improving

the turnaround time for the drug and alcohol testing we provide and I’m

pleased to say that from January 2017 we will offer these results within

three days”.

As drug and alcohol testing has become more readily available and

accessible, greater pressure has been applied to laboratories to generate

results faster and for less cost. As a result, AlphaBiolabs has substantially

invested in the very latest drug and alcohol testing analytical equipment

and employs some of the best scientists in the world, to ensure that our

drug and alcohol test results are as accurate as possible and available at the

earliest opportunity.

AlphaBiolabs is familiar with innovation and promotes and supports new

ideas at every opportunity. Our toxicology team has developed groundbreaking

analytical methods which allows us operate a much more efficient

and cost effective service than other providers which will soon be available

as standard.

This innovation impacts on all departments and our staff are responsible

for the promotion and delivery of the service from the start, beginning with

a new enquiry, to the finish when the results of the drug and alcohol testing


are released to the customer.

One of the major problems for solicitors and local authorities is meeting

tight deadlines which can often be dictated by imminent court dates. This

innovation allows solicitors and social workers to provide faster

turnaround times for their clients who require drug and alcohol testing as

part of their case and may speed up the facilitation of cases involving the

welfare of children. An added benefit is to save court costs with potentially

wasted court hearings whilst a drug and alcohol result remains


Furthermore, if the three- day drug and alcohol testing service is used in

conjunction with our nationwide free sample collection Walk-in Centre

service, the clients are less likely to miss their sample collection

appointment, as they do not require an appointment to have their samples

collected at the Walk-in Centres. This means that the case is less likely to

be prolonged and can help to reduce the stress for everyone concerned and

prevent failed collection fees.

As the three- day drug and alcohol service is ‘as standard’ and is provided

at no extra cost, it also solves many of the accessibility and affordability

issues for families, especially with the recent decline in the availability of

legal aid.

These benefits translate within the industry to increased competitiveness

and because we are certain that we can match or beat any like-for-like

service, we even offer a price match promise for our three -day drug and

alcohol testing service.



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Charity and CSR

Charity and CSR Matters

Hello! I hope you have all had a merry

Christmas and a happy New Year.

This month, I bring you lots of

opportunities to get involved in pro

bono and CSR work arising from an

event at Liverpool Law Society at the

end of November and news of various

charitable acts by Brown Turner Ross,

Paul Crowley & Co and Weightmans.

If you would like to tell others about

your CSR activities, please send me an

article. Equally, if you want to get

other lawyers involved in offering probono

advice, know of an opening for a

charity Trustee or want us to feature a

particular charity, then let me know

too. You can e-mail me at

Pro-Bono and CSR Match Making for the Legal Sector

This event took place at Liverpool Law Society on 24 November 2016,

with the aim of matching people in the legal sector with opportunities

to provide pro-bono advice, volunteer or help third sector legal advice

organisations in a range of other different ways. The event was

chaired by Matt Smith (Weightmans LLP) and was organised by Matt,

Siobhan Taylor-Ward (Jackson Canter), James Organ (University of

Liverpool), Liz Weeks and Sarah Poblete (both of Liverpool Law


Steve Cornforth (EAD) gave an opening presentation on the importance

of pro-bono and CSR in the Liverpool City Region. Seven speakers from

third sector advice agencies each then gave a short presentation, focusing

on the opportunities available for delegates to provide CSR and probono

assistance. Amy Heading (DLA) gave a closing speech on the

benefits to law firms of doing Pro-bono and CSR before delegates

continued to network with each other.


Our seven speakers from advice agencies highlighted the following

opportunities where they require support:

University of LiverpoolLiverpool Law Clinic - Lucy Yeatman

The Liverpool Law Clinic is in the process of restructuring its service

into three distinct areas:

• Family Law: Child disputes, divorce and financial matters


• Small Business: Employment, contracts, commercial property,

intellectual property and partnership agreements.

• Disability: Community care, mental capacity and possibly also


They also propose to move to clients getting verbal advice at an

appointment, followed by a letter from students confirming advice and

to extend the service to run for a longer period in term time.

They need:

• Solicitor volunteers to provide input on setting up their new

service (e.g. to help draft client questionnaires in the above


• Solicitor volunteers to help run advice services.

• To form partnerships with those in the voluntary sector who

can make referrals.

• Input on the need for these services from private and voluntary


Contact: Lucy Yeatman

NWLST and The Access to Justice Foundation - Laura Cassidy

The Access to Justice Foundation aims to improve access to justice by

raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those

who need legal help but cannot afford it.


They ask that:

Lawyers submit their pro bono cost orders. If you are acting

pro bono, please ensure you submit your pro bono cost order

24 hours before your final hearing. The foundation is the

prescribed charity, under section 194 of the Legal Services Act

2007, to receive the funds, so you will be increasing the funds

available for free legal advice!

• Firms consider donating their unclaimed client account

balances. (NB. If such balances are ever claimed, they will be


• For more information, please visit

The Northwest Legal Support Trust (NWLST) is a grant-making charity,

which raises and distributes funds to support free legal advice services

and access to justice for all in the North West region of England.

The NWLST would like to appoint two new Trustees to its board. This

will involve attending or dialling into board meetings in Manchester and

assisting in the organisation of local fundraising events, particularly the

Liverpool Legal Walk.

NWLST also asks that people take part in the following fundraising

events, details of which can be found on the NWLST website:

• The Great Legal Bake.

• The Legal Walk.

• The Great Legal Quiz.

Contact: Laura Cassidy

020 7092 3973

Citizens Advice East Liverpool – Heather Brent

Citizens Advice Liverpool is looking for a new Chair, a Treasurer and

also has a number of other Trustee vacancies. Details can be found here:

Citizens Advice East Liverpool also seek solicitor volunteers who can,

for example:

• Check compliance with pre-action protocols.

• Check witness statements.

• Advise on costs issues.

• Provide information to individuals on how to represent

themselves in court or tribunal.

Contact: Heather Brent

Merseyside Law Centre – Mary Heery

Merseyside Law Centre covers, asylum, debt, housing, mental health,

public law, welfare benefits and immigration.

Charity and CSR

They would like the following support:

• Student volunteers.

• Volunteers/assistance from law firms. They would particularly

be interested in receiving trainee solicitors from law firms on

the mutually beneficial basis that trainees will receive training

and ‘hands on’ experience in return for the help they provide.

Possible secondments could be discussed.

• New Trustees to fill vacancies on their board.

• Advice from experts on fundraising.

• Advice from experts on profile raising.

Contact: Mary Heery

Vauxhall Law Centre - Alan Kelly

Founded in 1972, the Centre offers free advice and legal representation

in respect of welfare rights issues, debt and housing law.

They need:

• As Alan put it “money, money, money!”

• Support with fundraising.

• Second hand equipment such as computers.

• Technical/admin support.

• Sponsorship.

• New Trustees.

Contact: Alan Kelly

Law Works – Clare Johnson

Law Works aims to provide access to justice to individuals in need of

advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and are without the means to

pay for a lawyer and to broker legal advice to small not-for-profit


A law firm can register to be a LawWorks Member which offers benefits


• training on how to provide pro-bono assistance.

• connections with pro bono clinics.

• resources and best practice guides.

• networking opportunities.

Law firms can help by:

• Volunteer at a LawWorks Clinic, or sign up to the LawWorks’

Not-For-Profits programme (must be a LawWorks Member to

get involved with NFPP)

• Training – provide pro bono training sessions in specific areas

of law, ‘soft skills’ training, or access to their own in-house


• Make available a venue for an event, roundtable or training


• Sponsor an event, an award or host a fundraising event.

Contact: Clare Johnson

LJMU Legal Advice Clinic - Rachel Stalker

The Legal Advice Clinic advises on Family, Employment, and Wills &


Their wish list includes the following:

• Ad-hoc requests for advice – they are able to offer commercial

property advice (subject to colleague’s availability) but would

welcome the opportunity to reach out periodically for criminal

law, housing, and immigration advice, to those happy to be


• Training – the LAC covers basic topics in the induction

programme for students, but would be interested to have

professional skills training as well, particularly interviewing

and managing clients.

• Fundraising and profile raising – The LAC is grateful to hear

of gaps that have been encountered where they may be able to

develop new projects. Links with charities are welcome. With

external sponsorship the LAC can develop better student

materials, publicity for their services, client materials, and

office equipment.

• Equipment – unwanted books (not too historic) are always


• Collaboration on projects – the chance to shadow solicitors

working on pro bono cases in house; commercial property and

housing advice provision.

Contact: Rachel Stalker

HEAT Kensington

HEAT were unfortunately unable to join us on the day, but have asked

us to include some information on their requirements.

The Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service (LDAS) is a partnership

approach to tackling domestic violence in Liverpool. The service is

based with the Health Energy Advice Team (HEAT) at the heart of the

community and benefits from the broad experience of HEAT in

developing and managing innovative projects.

The issues that LDAS may need pro bono services for are:

• Family courts – contact issues/residence orders/care

orders/adoption papers.

• Civil Orders – non molestation orders/occupation

orders/prohibited steps orders.

• Counter allegations – for example, perpetrator naming women

as perpetrators after an incident of domestic abuse and the

police taking action against the woman.

• Immigration – habitual residence/no recourse to public

funds/status of EU citizens/bio metric/spousal visas/SETDV

forms/residence orders.

Contacts: Pauline Downey or Michelle Walsh


At the end of the morning, delegates were asked to fill in feedback forms

within which they made requests to be put into contact with others.

Most feedback forms contained requests for contact from multiple

organisations and a total of 58 contacts were requested overall.

Delegates were also very active during the networking sessions prior to

and after the event and it is anticipated that more contacts will have

already been made directly.

The Liverpool Law Society intends to hold a second event next year to

build on the success of this event.


Charity and CSR

Brown Turner Ross announces Mencap

Liverpool as chosen charity

Brown Turner Ross solicitors has announced Mencap Liverpool as its

chosen charity. The Merseyside based law firm is to become a

corporate partner for the next 12 months.

Initially Brown Turner Ross will donate £200, followed by a 12 month

programme of support that will include paying for the travel costs of

one volunteer, organising fundraising events to raise money and

underwriting elements of charity events organised by Mencap Liverpool.

Mencap Liverpool is a small independent charity run by local people.

Although affiliated with, it is not funded by national Mencap and

therefore must raise its own funds. A team of six staff, supported by 30

volunteers, work with people in local communities with learning


Dave Bushell, director at Brown Turner Ross solicitors, said: “The work

that Mencap Liverpool does makes a real difference to people in our

communities, people who rely on their services to live their day to day


Mencap Liverpool is a charity that is dear to my heart. As the brother of

a person with a learning disability, I have seen first hand how

challenging life can be at times. Brown Turner Ross is proud to be

working with Mencap Liverpool and helping to ensure they continue to

provide the life changing support that people rely on.”

Sarah Jones, CEO of Mencap Liverpool, said:“As a small charity, the

support of Brown Turner Ross will make a big difference to what we

can achieve over the next year. It is great to have such a major local firm

involved at this level and I am really excited about the partnership.”

Most of the people who use Mencap Liverpool, which can up to 150

people a year, do not receive any support from the local council and

often need help to navigate the problems of everyday life. Without

support, many people become isolated and increasingly vulnerable to

loneliness, poor health, poverty, debt, hate crime and exploitation.

Mencap Liverpool provides outreach support to help individuals access

the services and support they need, through a range of social activities, a

befriending project, workshops, volunteering and training opportunities.



Paul Crowley & Co solicitors

support Will Aid Month

Paul Crowley & Co, which has

offices in Liverpool city centre,

Anfield and West Derby, has

offered 30 free wills in return

for a voluntary donation to Will


Will Aid month is a national

campaign organised by Will Aid,

an umbrella charity organisation

which supports charities

including Age UK, Save the

Children, The NSPCC and the

British Red Cross.

Dame Judy Dench is a patron of

the organisation, which raised

over £1 million for its charity

partners last year alone. The

recommended donation is set at

£95 for a single will, £150 for a

joint will, or £40 to update an

existing will.

Head of private client, Jennifer

McMahon, says: “We are

incredibly proud to take part in

such an important scheme and

support Will Aid this month. As

a firm, we have a commitment to

giving back to the local

community and the scheme is a

great way for us to be able to do

so by providing our expertise.

Jennifer McMahon

“Will Aid month has also been a

fantastic opportunity to raise

awareness of the importance of

having an up-to-date will, and the

impact which this can have on

clients and their families. We’ve

seen an incredible level of

interest in the scheme, with all of

our dedicated Will Aid

appointments already fully

booked, and we have been

overwhelmed by the generosity of

our clients.”



The 2017 Costs Conference

Wednesday 8th March 9.30am - 4.45pm

Speakers confirmed so far: Professor Dominic Regan, Kerry Underwood

& David Pilling.


Charity and CSR

Weightmans Support

’Yummy’s Scouse Christmas’

On Wednesday 7th December 2016, staff from Weightmans LLP’s Liverpool office

dedicated a day to supporting vulnerable people in the community.

The story starts with Simon Whitter, a seemingly lovely, ordinary guy. What you wouldn’t

guess from looking at Simon is that he used to be homeless. Fortunately for Simon, he was

lucky and managed to turn his life around and now dedicates his time to helping others in

similar positions.

Last year, Simon organised a Christmas Day breakfast for 170 homeless people. This year,

he’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Known as ‘Yummy’s Scouse Christmas’,

Simon and a tremendous team of volunteers are dedicating their Christmas Day to ensuring

that 1,000 homeless, socially excluded or elderly people, as well as marginalised families,

enjoy a full three-course meal on Christmas Day.

As if that wasn’t enough, the volunteers wanted to go a step further and make sure that each

and every attendee to the event received a gift to open. The response was overwhelming -

donations and presents came flooding in and the gifts filled a whole meeting room in

Weightmans’ Liverpool office! Hence the wrapping event. On Wednesday 7th December

2016 the team at Weightmans took time out of their busy schedules to ensure that each and

every present was wrapped in time for the main event!

Proceedings kicked off at 1:00pm with Weightmans’ staff donning Santa hats, reindeer

antlers and flashing red noses to get themselves in the Christmas spirit. Staff were joined by

press from The Echo, Made in Liverpool, Radio City and Liverpool’s very own Lord Mayor,

Roz Gladden.

After the flurry of wrapping, the presents were sorted into male/female/chocolates (the

children’s presents had already been sorted!) and the gifts for the homeless sorted into helpful

packages to assist in this cold weather, including gloves, scarves, socks, coats and hats.

Next it was off to pick up 1,000 chocolate selection boxes, kindly donated by Carpenters, as a

little extra for all those attending on Christmas Day. To keep staff in the Christmas spirit

whilst wrapping, the choir from Blueberry Park School joined in and sang carols throughout

the afternoon and into the evening! A superb performance which was more than welcomed

by the busy wrappers!

All in all, a very successful day for a wonderful cause.

On Christmas Day, there are nine locations throughout Liverpool taking part in this

wonderful event, including the Joseph Lappin Centre, the Whitechapel Centre, The Florrie

and many more. The volunteers are still desperately looking for entertainers or other

volunteers for the day and any additional donations would be gratefully received. Contact

@Yummysdinner on Twitter or Yummy’s Scouse Christmas on Facebook for more details.

In the words of Yummy’s Scouse Christmas, no one should have no one at Christmas.






Liam Moore- Voice in the City, John Finnigan of Liverpool Homeless

Football Club, Roy Gladden- Consort, Ann O’Byrne- Deputy Mayor

Roz Gladden Lord Mayor, Sean Crotty CSR Partner Weightmans LLP

Simon Whitter- organiser of Yummy’s Scouse Christmas 27

Regulation Update

Regulation Update

The latest regulation news from

Michelle Garlick of Weightmans LLP

Happy New Year and I hope it will be a successful and risk-free year ahead for

all of you. This update was written before Christmas so aswell as catching up on

events, I look forward to what might be in store this year too.

Is the standard of proof too high?

The SDT has recently been criticised by Sir Brian Leveson, president of the

Queen’s Bench Division, for using the criminal standard in proceedings rather

than the civil standard used by the SRA. The discussion arose after the SDT

reviewed the case of an immigration advisor who was banned from working for

a regulated firm after creating attendance notes and altering original documents.

The SDT overturned the s43 order imposed by the SRA adjudicator because, on

a criminal standard of proof, it couldn’t find that Mr Arslan had amended/created

the documents to mislead the SRA. The crux of the issue was whether the SDT

was correct in applying the criminal standard of proof in these circumstances

where it was reviewing a decision made by the SRA. Mr Justice Leggatt, who

was sitting alongside Leveson, has said that “the present situation in which the

tribunal, when acting as a primary fact-finder, applies a different standard of

proof from that which the SRA applies when carrying out that role is

unsatisfactory and illogical.”

This will be music to Paul Phillip’s ears. As Chief Executive of the SRA, he has

been calling for a change to the standard of poof for a while now and not

surprisingly, he has emphasised the importance of the Judgment saying that “it is

clearly wrong that the SDT applies a different standard to the SRA. This is a

civil jurisdiction and the civil standard should apply. We will continue to push

for this change to be made”

Any suggestion of lowering the burden of proof has been resisted by the SDT so

far and given the potential implications on a professional’s career, opposition to

any change remains strong so it is unlikely that any change will be implemented

in the near future but this argument will undoubtedly rumble on for some time to


Complaints and Comparison Tools

I reported in February that the LeO announced that complaints about law firms

were projected to have fallen 22% in four years. Whilst the fall in complaints

wasn’t as much as 22%, the complaints did fall in 2016 to the lowest level since

the organisation opened in 2010. The fall in complaints is a testament not only

to the improved service that firms are delivering to clients but also to the way in

which firms are dealing with them during the first tier process. But firms should

not be resting on their laurels regarding complaints handling, not least because of

the Consumer Panel’s and Competition and Markets Authority’s desire to see

“digital comparison tools” introduced into the legal sector which they say will

help prospective clients decide the services they need and who to go to for those

services whilst at the same time improve competition. At the time of writing this,

the CMA’s report on the legal market is anticipated but there will I’m sure, be

some very interesting recommendations to come from it so watch this space for

further updates in the coming months on this.

Whilst on this subject, one public access barrister who was the subject of more

than 40 complaints to the LeO between 2012 and 2014 has now been disbarred.

The complaints against Tariq Rehman of Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham

varied from not providing client care letters to overcharging clients and not

performing work after being instructed. The BSB also found evidence that

Rehman and his chambers were practicing in breach of the Legal Services Act.

Given the nature of the work Rehman was involved with and the particularly

vulnerable clients he was instructed on behalf of, Rehman was disbarred in a bid

to protect the public ‘from his serious and persistent failures.’


Sticking to the theme of previous warnings of involvement in fraudulent

schemes, a solicitor from Yorkshire has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for

his part in fraudulent investment schemes in which he received millions of

pounds over 8 years.

gave fraudulent investment schemes ‘a veneer of respectability’ and also

threatened to sue disgruntled investors seeking to get their money back.

Pickard was found guilty of 2 offences of fraud by false representation and

concealing criminal property. The SRA are currently awaiting notification from

the court before deciding on any appropriate action, albeit conditions are in place

on his practicing certificate, including a prohibition on him being involved in

‘any work relating to investment schemes.’

In another case of fraud, Anthony Rattigan has been convicted by Liverpool

Crown Court of two counts of fraud by abuse of position and two counts of

money laundering after an investigation by the Insurance Fraud Enforcement

Department, part of the City of London police.

Rattigan, a former insurance claim handler, admitted to illegally passing on

customer details to a law firm, who in turn, were providing him with referral

payments. In addition, Rattigan was adding friends and family members as

injured parties to genuine claims he was handling so that they would receive

compensation. The family and friends involved received police cautions as a

result. There is no suggestion that the law firm were aware that Rattigan was

employed as an insurance claim handler.

Rattigan was ordered to pay back the £37,000 and was sentenced to 10 months

imprisonment, with the potential to serve an additional 9 months if he did not

pay the money back.

A word of warning

The High Court recently ordered litigants who ignored correspondence from the

other side to pay for wasted costs.

The firm had ignored 4 pieces of correspondence from the other side regarding

the need for expert evidence, including a final letter putting the firm on notice

that an application would be made to seek an order that the defendant could not

rely on expert evidence, if no response was forthcoming.

Chief Master Marsh, sitting in the Chancery Division, said that it was

unacceptable for the defendants to ignore the letters and simply not engage with

the claimant. The defendants were ordered to pay 85% of the costs claimed

equating to £14,821.

Whiplash reforms

For those firms who deal with personal injury claims, the whiplash reforms will

no doubt be at the forefront of your minds. Already, we have seen one law firm

–Kemp Legal Limited - blame the reforms for having to go into administration.

All firms, irrespective of the type of work they do, must of course regularly

review their business plan and financial performance for stability so as we start

the new year, firms need to be testing their model to satisfy themselves that it is

robust to face the challenges ahead.

Things to look out for this year?

Whilst changes to the handbook are unlikely to come in to effect until 2018, we

are likely to face further consultations this year on proposed changes including

Practice Framework and Authorisation rules as well as the SRA’s proposals on

their enforcement strategy.

GDPR – again, whilst these are not due to come into effect until 2018, they will

have a significant impact on how firms will have to ensure their client data is

protected. Firms need to be looking at their processes this year to start preparing

for the new regulations – a failure to do so will mean you are unlikely to be

ready. So, if you are responsible for Data protection in your firm, make this your

new year’s resolution!

Michelle Garlick

Weightmans LLP

Leeds Crown Court heard that Stephen Pickard, formerly of Lupton Fawcett,


Local News

Invite to the Members of

Liverpool Law Society

Dear Member,

Many of you will be football fans, and I am sure,

whether red or blue, you will have a soft spot for

Tranmere Rovers Football Club. You may know that

two members of our wider professional community are

actively involved with Tranmere.

Mark Palios, also former CEO of the Football

Association is Chairman and with his wife, Nicola

Palios, co-owner, and Martyn Best, CEO of Document

Direct (the only outsourced typing provider endorsed by

the Law Society) and Past President of the Liverpool

Society of Chartered Accountants is a Trustee of

Tranmere Rovers in the Community (TRIC) and an

Associate Director of the club.

On Saturday 25th March, they would like to extend an

invitation to our members to Prenton Park. This is with

their full compliments, with no cost to the Society or its


Tranmere, currently bidding for promotion back to

League Two, will play host to Braintree and this should

be a key game as the season approaches its conclusion.

Mark and Martyn will be providing insights into how

the club are developing a sustainable business model to

underpin Tranmere's footballing ambitions, and will be

giving a short 20 minute presentation on TRIC & its

activities. They will also be highlighting how you, if you

wish, may be able to become a more active supporter in

many ways. We are sure that many of the activities of

TRIC may resonate with your own firm’s values and


The activities of TRIC and Tranmere embrace many

diverse elements which may be of interest to you or

your clients, such as their engagement with Wirral Met

College, their growing relationship with China, and

their very wide community and charitable engagements.

The timing of the day will be as follows:

12:45 – Please arrive at souvenir shop to be

greeted by Hannah Kendrick of the


13.00 - Short presentation and opportunity

for a Q&A.

14.00 – Buffet to be served

15.00 – Kick off

15.45 – Half Time – Cakes to be served

16:45 – Full time, and drinks back in the


As Mark has said, "We can guarantee most of an

enjoyable and informative afternoon for the members of

the Liverpool Law Society, but I have to leave the

players to deliver the three points. I hope you are able to

join us for the whole event, and each member with one

guest of their choice will be very welcome."

There is a limit to the number of places, so if you are

interested I would recommend responding quickly to

Mia Coleman at or call her

on 0151 609 3390.


John Ballam


Liverpool Law Society


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