Chairman’s review – February 2012

Would you believe it, two months of the year gone already?

It has been a busy month primarily revolving around the company’s office move.

However despite this we have been busy on the Associations’ behalf. The government has finally produced a consultation paper on bailiff reform (all 700+ pages). Much of it looks at the work of the private bailiff but it will affect the civil side as well. There is a call for evidence on the CCA regulations and the £600 limit so we will need to respond and provide our views.

As you will be aware we held members meetings to provide the opportunity to respond to previous papers and they proved very successful; we are therefore considering calling meetings to discuss this paper. You will be contacted shortly on this.

We now have our group linked in page and we propose to utilise this more and more so we will be contacting those members that have yet to join. In addition we have commissioned changes to the website and, again, we will be providing details. We also have a closed members section in order that we may discuss issues that affect members, we hope this will become a very useful tool in ensuring members’ issues are resolved.

I attended the Northern Region meeting at the new Salford Business Centre on 1st March, there is much to be done although there is a commitment to get things right. However it is going to take a major effort on their behalf.  We have the next liaison meeting with HMCTS & MOJ on 8th March and we will be bringing up concerns of members.

Of course the House of Lords dinner takes place on the evening of 8th and it looks as though it will be another successful evening, I look forward to meeting many of you then.

Finally you may be aware that we sponsor the Debt & Insolvency paper for the Legal Executives nationally. I am pleased to say that Anna Madden from our members Arrow Global had the highest mark for the course in 2010 and I will be presenting her with her prize at the ILEX Manchester Branch meeting later in the month, many congratulations to her.

Finally, to join our LinkedIn group please go to and to follow the CCUA on Twitter

Warm regards

Brian Havercroft
Chairman – Civil Court Users Association