The Westminster Legal Policy Forum, solicitor’s costs & even a wedding to attend

Last month was rather quiet on the Association front but the officers have been working away behind the scenes to ensure the voice of the Association is heard.

I attended the South West regional meeting on 18th and the guest speaker John Gray of Registry Trust provided a very informative presentation on their workings. It is hoped that he will attend the other regions in due course.

Towards the end of the month we held two seminars on the consultation paper about transforming bailiff action. It was pleasing to see both sessions well attended and I am certain Jeremy Chaplin and the Legal & Technical committee have plenty of comment to make in their response. May I also take this opportunity to thank all those who attended and also BDO in London and Marston Group in Birmingham for allowing the Association to use their premises.

We have sought to continue to advise the Ministry of Justice on our views over the small claims proposals and also the solicitors’ costs issue, we have produced a discussion note on the issue and this will be passed to members shortly.

I also spoke at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum on 1st May on the subject of enforcement and small claims and have written to the patrons of the forum who consist of MPs and Lords providing them with information about the Association and our views on the current state of the industry. Full details of this meeting can be found in our LinkedIn CCUA members only group at I am also attending a meeting with HMCTS about their plans for changes to case numbering.

On 2nd May Amir Ali, Jeremy Chaplin and myself held an update meeting with the Deputy Director of Civil Justice & Legal Services at the Ministry of Justice where listened to plans for the year ahead. This was a follow up meeting following a previous one some six months ago when Abigail Plenty ( Deputy Director, Civil Justice and Legal Services, Ministry of Justice) was new in the post.

We discussed a number of issues, of which you can read more detail, once again, in our LinkedIn CCUA Members only group . In summary the topics discussed where: Conference; Fees; Payment by account;  Small claims; Enforcement as well as details of further meetings.

Re the challenges faced at Salford, I have been receiving conflicting messages about the service provided and from what I understand the delays appear to have been reduced (sometimes) but the knowledge of the staff still causes some issues. Please do not hesitate to let us know of any problems you are facing.

I’d like also like to use this post as an opportunity to remind you once more that the CCUA Annual conference is to be held on the 16th October 2012. Incorporating the “Court service award” this year’s conference will be held at the Leicester Marriott Hotel. Contact our office for details.

Finally preparations are in hand for Claire’s wedding on 26th May so I am now readying myself for the big day. Please note the office will be closed for just under three weeks but details will be sent to all members shortly.


Brian Havercroft

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