England & Wales news 2016

St Andrew’s Day dinner and ceilidh

We held our flagship London St Andrew's event on Friday 11th November and were delighted so many of our members could attend. Thanks also to our corporate sponsors - Harper MacLeod, Scottish Development International, Dentons and Titlesolv.

The evening was designed to unite the London and Scottish legal markets and was an opportunity to promote a positive position regarding business with Europe.   We were also fundraising for our Lawscot Foundation. The foundation helps academically talented students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland through their legal education journey. It will offer financial assistance, mentoring and other support to students during the law degree (LLB) stage, right through the diploma in professional legal practice. Any support members can offer is much appreciated

Musically, we had a real treat for everyone. On arrival, guests heard the haunting strains of the clàrsach, played by Fraya Thomsen, one of the best clàrsach players of her generation and now an award-winning composer.

 Following dinner, Lord Hodge, Scottish lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court spoke about opportunities for the legal profession and the need to adapt in challenging times in order to be successful. Finally, guests were entertained by Licence to Ceilidh: London's top ceilidh band.

St Andrews Day London Event

View all the photos from the night

Scottish notaries working in England and Wales - we need your input

We’re continuing to argue for revision of the restrictions in the Legal Services Act 2007 which prevent Scottish notaries working in England from performing notarial services. Our argument will be more persuasive if we have quality evidence which shows the extent of the problem. We have requested information before about how the restrictions work. However, we need more evidence to show clearly the effect of the restrictions on clients in terms of additional cost and inconvenience.

We would be grateful if you would email Chantel Gaber, Head of Member Services for England and Wales, by 10 August 2016 with your experience of the following:

- An example/examples of circumstances where you as a Scottish solicitor/notary have had to pass on notarial work to an English notary and to what that related.
- How many times does this occur in any given year?
- The kind of clients affected by this and the impact on these clients arising from this restriction.
- The cost to clients of using an English notary and what you as a Scottish notary would charge for analogous work.
- For Scottish solicitors working in-house in England and Wales, any examples of when your organisation had to outsource notarial work to an English notary and the impact / cost implications of this.

Any feedback we receive will be anonymised before being shared.

EU referendum debate, Smartcard registration, update from Naomi

Update from England and Wales Council representative
Smartcard registration events
EU referendum debate photos

Update from England and Wales Council representative

It's been an exceptionally busy few months!  Some highlights include our England & Wales Flagship event, which was a debate on the UK's membership of the EU.  This was a great success and was very well attended. Thank you to everyone for coming, and to those of you who didn't make it along, I hope to see you at the next event. 

The Society of Scottish Lawyers in London's Burns Supper was a roaring success, and our office bearers continue to regularly come down to London to meet their members in England & Wales and to support Chantel and I.  Our next event, "Misconceptions" is March 21, and I hope to see many of you there. 

My firm, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP, merged with Dentons UKMEA LLP on 1 February 2016.  My email address is now naomi.pryde@dentons.com  All my other contact details remain the same.

Quite a few people have contacted me about being sworn in as a notary public.  I am in the process of arranging a date and a venue to swear notaries in.  If you are interested in becoming a notary public then please contact me.

I've received a lot of queries about the QLTS qualification recently.  I'm in the process of putting some materials together which will hopefully assist you all, so watch this space.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or queries.


Smartcard registration events

We still have places available at the London Smartcard registration event on 17 March. If you would like to attend, please make sure you have completed and returned the application form and photograph in good time before the event.

Book your place to attend (member login needed)

We are also in the process of planning Smartcard events in Manchester, Leeds and Bristol over the next few months. We will be emailing members in these areas directly as soon as details are in place but feel free to email the Smartcard team to find out more.

Alternatively, to sign up for a 1-2-1 appointment to receive your Smartcard, email Chantel Gaber.


EU referendum debate photos

In January we hosted a debate on the EU referendum followed by a drinks and networking reception. The panel of speakers included Ken Clarke QC, Suzanne Evans and Brian Monteith. The event was also an opportunity for members to meet Law Society staff and office bearers.

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