The Chairman’s Review for March 2012

March has been a busy month

It began with the Northern regional meeting being held at the new money claim centre in Salford and following the normal formalities those of us present were taken on a guided tour of the facility.

It is clear that the management and staff do want the centre to work but they are working under considerable strain and, personally, I was surprised at the sheer volume of paper that they are dealing with.

As you will be aware it went fully live on 19th March and if any members have any issues they should let the association know by sending details to We will then feed this information through to the management to have the problems resolved.

On a slightly more positive note I was delighted to present the CCUA sponsored award for the highest mark in the ILEX Debt & Insolvency Paper on the 29thMarch. This course is sponsored by the Association and is given in the name of Steve Morris who was a valued member of the CCUA. The annual award goes to the student achieving the highest mark in the course. An award of £200 was presented to Anna Madden who works for member company Arrow Global at the ILEX Manchester region meeting.

On another note, I am encouraged to witness the evolution of our LinkedIn and Twitter social media activity, with our main LinkedIn group now close to 100 members (in less than 2 months) and our Twitter following now at 122 followers (not quite Lady Ga Ga’s level but we’re growing).

Just a reminder that the CCUA’s annual conference will be held on October 16th at the Leicester Marriot Hotel, we will shortly be publishing full details, including speaker line up. I would encourage everyone to invite non CCUA members connected to the legal industry to come along to this event especially ILEX members.

At the Civil Court Users Association’s 2012 House of Lords dinner held recently in the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords, the main speaker was the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. He acknowledged the importance of the Civil Court Users Association and stated that the organisation should continue to remain involved in ensuring the interests of Claimants are considered.

It was excellent to hear the comments from Lord Neuberger and during the evening he asked that I speak to his office to arrange a meeting to allow further discussion to take place. It is another example of the important links the Association is forming in its endeavours to have Claimants’ views heard in order to ensure an effective court service.

In closing and just to prove that I am putting myself about, on behalf of CCUA members, as much as I possibly can, I have been invited to attend as a guest of Her Majesty’s Association of District Judges annual dinner on 30th April. This is yet another example of the fact that the CCUA is highly regarded and has the ear of those at the highest level in the Court Service.

Well, it’s time to go hide those eggs so I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Easter.


Brian Havercroft