Membership

Membership

Leeds Law Society is one of the largest and most respected societies in the country. We connect members locally while positioning and promoting the local legal sector on the national stage. We also work hard to increase dialogue with the business community, judiciary and the sector regulators.

Our members receive a wealth of benefits from being part of our 1,000+ community.

 

Public Access

Public Information

Leeds Law Society cannot provide legal advice. We do however offer a range of information and useful guides to help you with issues you may have.

Our find a Solicitor is a free service for anyone looking for information about organisations or people providing legal services in the Leeds area that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

 

26
MAY

Master of the Rolls: Challenges facing Civil Justice today

Date
Start Time
End Time

26/05/2016
12:00
13:00

07
JUN

Business & Professional Networking Lunch - June

Date
Start Time
End Time

07/06/2016
12:30
14:00

08
JUN

Fixed Costs: Threat or Opportunity?

Date
Start Time
End Time

08/06/2016
08:00
09:30

08
JUN

Thai Massage Drop-in

Date
Start Time
End Time

08/06/2016
12:00
14:00

13
JUN

Legal Walk for Justice

Date
Start Time
End Time

13/06/2016
17:00
20:00

13
JUN

Ganton Golf - Professional Coaching

Date
Start Time
End Time

13/06/2016
10:00
12:00

13
JUN

Ganton Golf Tournament 2016

Date
Start Time
End Time

13/06/2016
08:00
21:00

29
JUN

Inheritance Update (Provision for Families & Dependents) 1975 Act Claims

Date
Start Time
End Time

29/06/2016
12:00
14:00

01
JUL

T20 Cricket - Yorks v Lancs

Date
Start Time
End Time

01/07/2016
18:00
21:00

16
AUG

Business & Professional Networking Lunch

Date
Start Time
End Time

16/08/2016
12:30
14:00

23
AUG

Title Insurance for Property Transactions

Date
Start Time
End Time

23/08/2016
11:00
13:00

20
SEP

Women in Law

Date
Start Time
End Time

20/09/2016
16:00
18:00

29
SEP

Social Media - Converting Sales

Date
Start Time
End Time

29/09/2016
12:00
13:00

08
OCT

NQ Drinks Reception

Date
Start Time
End Time

08/10/2016
18:00
20:00

18
OCT

Business & Professional Networking Lunch

Date
Start Time
End Time

18/10/2016
12:30
14:00

20
OCT

ATE/Litigation Funding

Date
Start Time
End Time

20/10/2016
09:00
15:00

09
NOV

The Great Legal Quiz

Date
Start Time
End Time

09/11/2016
09:00
17:00

15
NOV

Women in Law

Date
Start Time
End Time

15/11/2016
16:00
18:00

28
NOV

Education Week

Date
Start Time
End Time

28/11/2016
09:00
15:00

Communiqué

Activity Update for President and Directors

Colin Gilbert and Bill Barton have begun a series of meetings with local MP’s – starting with Stuart Andrew in December 2015 and Hilary Benn on 18 March 2106. They will also be speaking to Alan Johnson in forthcoming weeks.  LLS is particularly keen to discuss with them the need for devolution.
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Legal Walk for Justice

This year Leeds Law Society will be walking in support of the PSU Leeds (Personal Support Unit) in the Legal Walk for Justice on 13 June and helping them to raise £3,000.

The PSU helps people who are facing civil court proceedings without legal representation. Their trained volunteers provide independent assistance for free.
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Committee Members needed for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable insight into the voluntary legal advice sector and promote and engage the local legal profession.
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Bar Council & Chambers

EVENTS AND SEMINARS OPEN TO OUR MEMBERS:

Trusts and Tracing in Commercial Litigation, 24th May 2016 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Exchange Chambers, Leeds

Civil Fraud Update, 26th May 2016 from 5pm, Park Square Barristers, Leeds

VIEW North Eastern Circuit event listings
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AXA PPP Cover for Leeds Law Society Members.

A new membership benefit: Private healthcare insurance for you and your family.

Get prompt access to eligible private treatment with one of AXA PPP healthcare’s affordable private healthcare insurance plans.
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Review of High Court Queens Bench Civil Listing Periods

The Presiding Judges in consultation with the Designated Civil Judges and court staff on Circuit have recognised the need for change. It is recognised that it would be too disruptive and complicated to actually change the number of days that the High Court Judges sit on Circuit and there is probably no business case for an increased number of sitting days.
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The Law Society

Guidance on the new “continuing competence” scheme.

Whilst there is no longer a requirement for solicitors to complete a set number of CPD hours, they must meet their regulatory obligation to provide a proper standard of service by regularly reflecting on their practice, and implementing a programme of individual learning and development.
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Pre CCMC Order

Pre CCMC Order

To use at a CCMC (Court and Costs Management Conference) as directed by Leeds Court

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Pre CCMC Order

 
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Pre CCMC Order Lite

Pre CCMC Order Lite

To use at a CCMC (Court and Costs Management Conference) as directed by Leeds Court

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Pre CCMC Order – lite

 
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Court Budget composite summary

Court Budget composite summary

For filing, serving and for use at CCMC hearings in appropriate cases

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Cost budget Composite Summary (self calculating)

 
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Guidance concerning trials

Guidance concerning trials

Guidance for Leeds Court Users

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Guidance concerning trials

 
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Guidance concerning the granting of injunctions

Guidance concerning the granting of injunctions

Guidance for Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Guidance concerning the grant of injunctions (2)

 
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High Court Queens Bench Civil Listing Periods

High Court Queens Bench Civil Listing Periods

To read the document in relation to the new High Court Listing period protocol please CLICK HERE.

 
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1 General Representation Sheet

1 General Representation Sheet

For Leeds Court Users

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General Representation Sheet
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2A Mortgage Possession represent

2A Mortgage Possession represent

For Leeds Court Users

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Mortgage Possession representation sheet

 
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2b Rental Possession represent

2b Rental Possession represent

For Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Rental Possession representation sheet

 
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3 App to Suspend Warrent of Possession

3 App to Suspend Warrent of Possession

For Leeds Court Users

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App to Suspend Warrant of Possession representation sheet

 
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4 Return of Goods representation sheet

4 Return of Goods representation sheet

For Leeds Court Users

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Return of Goods representation sheet

 
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5 Small Claims representation sheet

5 Small Claims representation sheet

For Leeds Court Users

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Small Claims representation sheet

 
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3 App for Third Party Debt Order represent

3 App for Third Party Debt Order represent

For Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

App for Third Party Debt Order representation sheet

 

 
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9 Charging order representation sheet

9 Charging order representation sheet

For Leeds Court Users

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Charging order representation sheet

 
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16a General Form of Undertaking

16a General Form of Undertaking

For Leeds court users

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16a General Form of Undertaking
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16b Notice of McKenzie Friend

16b Notice of McKenzie Friend

For Leeds Court Users

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16b Notice of McKenzie Friend

 
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NEW Fee Account Services with HMCTS

NEW Fee Account Services with HMCTS

Details of a new service offering customers improved fee management and court application processing.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service will be offering all customers a Fee Account (FA) service for the purpose of paying court issue fees in all offices of the County Court and Family Court, all magistrates courts that deal with civil and family work, the County Court Money Claims Centre (Salford), the Royal Courts of Justice, probate registries and the Court of Protection from autumn 2014.
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Useful phone / fax numbers and email addresses

Useful phone / fax numbers and email addresses

A list of useful contact details for all court users

EMAIL

Bailiffs: bailiffs@leeds.countycourt.gsi.gov.uk

Enquiries: enquiries@leeds.countycourt.gsi.gov.uk

Listing: hearings@leeds.countycourt.gsi.gov.uk

leedsdfcprivatelawgeneralenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Divorce: divorce.leeds@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Filing and records: e-filing@leeds.countycourt.gsi.gov.uk

Small claims mediation: scmenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Enquiries: enquiries@wsleeds.org.uk

Admin court: administrativecourtoffice.leeds@hmcts.x.gsi.gov.uk

Enquiries: customerenquiries@leeds.crowncourt.gsi.gov.uk

Personal support unit: leeds@thepsu.org.uk

PHONE NUMBERS

Please be aware that as of 18 August 2014 the Court in Leeds has a new automated dialling service.
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FAQs

FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions for court users

Updated 8 July 2014

1 Telephones
1.1 What time are the telephones manned in each of the sections at Leeds Court?

8.30am to 5pm.

1.2 Where can I find the numbers of the different sections?

The Court website lists all the different telephone numbers for each section.
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Help for people facing court without a lawyer

Help for people facing court without a lawyer

Personal Support Unit Leeds (PSU) is a branch of a national charity which won the Guardian Charity award 2014. We have a team of volunteers based in Leeds Combined Court who provide free support in the civil and family courts, with issues such as access to children, divorce, eviction and money claims.
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Information for the public

Information for the public

Anyone representing themselves in Leeds courts can access the support of a Personal Support Unit (PSU) volunteer, who will be able to provide information and practical support at all stages of the court process. To talk to a volunteer phone 0113 3062764 between 9.30-4.30 Mon-Fri.

To learn more about this service contact Hayley on leeds@thepsu.org.uk
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Litigants in Person: new guidelines for lawyers (June 2015)

Litigants in Person: new guidelines for lawyers (June 2015)

Prepared jointly by the Bar Council, CILEx and the Law Society offering practical advice for lawyers who face litigants in person in the civil courts and tribunals.

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

 
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Walker Morris Summary and Comment on Litigants in Person: new guidelines for lawyers (July 2015)

Walker Morris Summary and Comment on Litigants in Person: new guidelines for lawyers (July 2015)

Overview, key points and comment.

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Walker Morris Litigants in person guidelines for lawyers June 2015
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A Handbook for Litigants in Person (22 October 2013)

A Handbook for Litigants in Person (22 October 2013)

A guide to appearing in civil cases without legal representation: produced and published by the judiciary.
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Representing yourself in Court by the Bar Council (April 2013)

Representing yourself in Court by the Bar Council (April 2013)

A guide to help you on your legal journey, written by barristers who have extensive experience across all courts and understand how the system works.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:-

Representing yourself in court

 

 

 
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The Interim Applications Court of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court: A guide for litigants in person (11 January 2013)

The Interim Applications Court of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court: A guide for litigants in person (11 January 2013)

A guide for litigants in person making applications to the Interim Applications Court of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, published by the judiciary.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

 

 

 
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Interim Applications in the Chancery Division: A Guide for Litigants in Person (22 October 2013)

Interim Applications in the Chancery Division: A Guide for Litigants in Person (22 October 2013)

A guide designed to help litigants in person make or respond to an interim application to the Chancery Division of the High Court, explaining steps LiPs need to take and with tips on the best way to go about it.

It is based on a similar guide for the Queen’s Bench Division published earlier this year, and has been developed by Mrs Justice Asplin and Lord Justice Briggs.
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A guide to proceedings in the Supreme Court for those without a legal representative (February 2014)

A guide to proceedings in the Supreme Court for those without a legal representative (February 2014)

This guide summarises the provisions which govern the conduct of proceedings in the Supreme Court.  Fuller information is available on the Supreme Court website www.supremecourt.uk and the staff in the Registry can provide further information and advice although they are unable to provide appellants with legal advice.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SUPREME COURT WEBSITE
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Help for those dealing with issues in the Family Courts from the NFM

Help for those dealing with issues in the Family Courts from the NFM

Information from the NFM (National Family Mediation) outlining the support available to those intending to represent themselves in court on family issues.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION

 

 
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Family Law – A guide for Litigants in Person (September 2014)

Family Law – A guide for Litigants in Person (September 2014)

Guidance for people representing themselves in the West Yorkshire Family Court.

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Litigants In Person guidance Family Law v1 010914

 

 
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Family Law – further support and information for Litigants in Person, Judges and local practitioners

Family Law – further support and information for Litigants in Person, Judges and local practitioners

Leeds Law Society has compiled a directory of local experts and support organisations to be used by local practitioners, Judges and litigants in person when needing support and resource in family cases. This directory will include contact details, charges and funding arrangements, lead, process and report times for all local organisations with whom family case parties are regularly ordered to work.
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Family Law – Representing yourself in court

Family Law – Representing yourself in court

National Family Mediation have provided the following information on Representing Yourself in Court:-
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Reaching out counselling service

Reaching out counselling service

Counselling and support provided by BARCA Leeds.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:-

Reaching out counselling service
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Legal Advice Clinic

Legal Advice Clinic

The University of Law – Legal Advice Clinic

The clinic is a new initiative launched in March 2016 aimed at providing legal advice to those members of the public who would otherwise not qualify for legal aid or for any reason are not able to access legal advice. The clinic is run from the University of Law centre on Park Row in Leeds and they operate an appointment only service and so the clinic is not suitable for someone who wishes to attend on a drop in basis.
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Alcohol and Drugs: Support and Testing

Alcohol and Drugs: Support and Testing

 

 
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Contact Centres

Contact Centres

Below is a list of organisations and charities that provide children of separated parents with contact facilities.


Please CLICK HERE for further details of the services above, including contact details, cost and services offered.
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Advocacy Services

Advocacy Services

Advocacy services support people, particulary those most vulnerable in society to make sure that their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard at all times.

An advocate can help provide support in the following ways:

  • by listening to you and making sure your voice, wishes and feelings are being heard and helping you say what you want.

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Support for Dads

Support for Dads

Caring Dads is a support service provided to help fathers address violent behaviour.

Please CLICK HERE to view the advice and information flyer.

Other useful links:

 
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Finding a Family Mediator

Finding a Family Mediator

To find a family mediator in an area close to you, you should visit the Family Mediation Council (FMC) website where there is a Find Your Local Mediator section. The website address is www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk.

There are two main categories of practising mediators, those who are FMC accredited and those who have undertaken their foundation training and are working towards their accreditation.
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Litigants In Person Guidance

Litigants In Person Guidance

Lots of people represent themselves in the Family Court. The following notes are intended as a brief introduction to the way the court works and how you can get the best from your involvement with it. They are mainly about Child Arrangements cases but may be also useful to you if you are involved in a different type of case.
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Child Cases/Court Order Templates

Child Cases/Court Order Templates

The Leeds Family Court have helpfully prepared standard orders to be used by all court users (including solicitors) in child cases.


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HMCTS Public Law Update and Contacts

HMCTS Public Law Update and Contacts

Public Law Children Act Proceedings are cases involving the local authority and social services. The Public Law team at the Leeds Family Court provide regular updates about their services.

Latest News:

  • 15th April 2015 – Updated e-mail contact details/24 Hour issue Public Law orders for District Judge appointments in hearing rooms.

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Changes to the divorce process in West Yorkshire

Changes to the divorce process in West Yorkshire

Updated 3 November 2014

Please be advised that with effect from 3rd November 2014 Divorce Proceedings for courts across West Yorkshire, ie:
Leeds
Bradford
Halifax
Huddersfield
Wakefield
will be issued from the County Court at Bradford.

Please file your papers at The County Court at Bradford, Exchange Square, Drake Street, Bradford, BD1 1JA

A checking service for unrepresented parties will be provided at all courts, which will then send on to Bradford.
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Family Court Liaison Group

Family Court Liaison Group

Leeds Law Society joins with Judges to make the local family law process easier for everyone.

On 11th May 2015 a Leeds Law Society working group of more than a dozen local family lawyers met with DJ Shepherd at Leeds County Court to discuss how they could work together to make the family law process as easy and straightforward as possible for local Judges, lawyers and litigants in person in the Leeds Family Court.
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Lord Justice Briggs: The Future of Civil Justice

Lord Justice Briggs: The Future of Civil Justice

For a link to the event summary on The Future of Civil Justice by Lord Justice Briggs on 11th April 2016 please CLICK HERE.
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2015 Mustill Lecture by Lord Justice Jackson

2015 Mustill Lecture by Lord Justice Jackson

A link to the event report on The Civil Justice Reforms and Whether Insolvency Litigation Should Be Exempt by Lord Justice Jackson (held in Leeds on 16 October 2015)

READ FULL DETAILS HERE
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Law Society: Making Litigation Pay Workshop

Law Society: Making Litigation Pay Workshop

VIEW REPORT HERE
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Review of Costs Budgeting Process by Lord Justice Jackson

Review of Costs Budgeting Process by Lord Justice Jackson

A report from Nicola Phillipson, Zenith Chambers (April 2015)

Following the introduction of costs budgeting as part of his wide-ranging package of civil justice reforms, Jackson LJ is now undertaking a review of the process.

He has recenlty hosted a series of meetings around the country to obtain the views of practitioners as to which aspects of budgeting are working well, which are not working so well, which of the rules may need to be changed and so on.
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Talk by HHJ Raeside – the TCC in Leeds two years on

Talk by HHJ Raeside – the TCC in Leeds two years on

Meeting notes – March 2015

CLICK HERE for the notes of a talk given by His Honour Judge Mark Raeside QC (Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in the North East Region) on Wednesday, 25 March 2015.

 
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Meet the Judges – 17 June 2014 – Notes

Meet the Judges – 17 June 2014 – Notes

A report from Gordon Exall, Zenith Chambers

JACKSON ONE YEAR ON

On Tuesday evening (17 June 2014) Leeds Law Society held a “meet the judges” evening when practitioners met local judges and court staff to discuss issues arising out of the implementation of the Jackson reforms.

14 months on – an update from the Judiciary about how Jackson is working from their point of view

Panel

  • His Honour Judge Gosnell (Leeds DCJ).

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Meet the Judges – 17 June 2014 – BLOG

Meet the Judges – 17 June 2014 – BLOG

A blog from David Partington, Sovereign Chambers

Jackson and Mitchell considered – IKEA Justice
Last week I attended a seminar hosted by the Leeds Law Society with a panel of Judges giving their comments on and answering questions about life just over one year on in the post Mitchell world. His Honour Judge Gosnell opened the seminary by giving a rather witty and also insightful address in which he said he likened a defending Mitchell to being about as popular as Sepp Blatter trying to defend the World Cup being held in Qatar.
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Meet the Judges – 17 July 2013 – Notes

Meet the Judges – 17 July 2013 – Notes

1. Introductions

HMS introduced the meeting and its purpose. Format would broadly follow the agenda but wished it to be interactive to hear from practitioners, the judiciary and the court service to feed back as to how the new reforms are being implemented and any other issues that would be worthwhile raising with the court/Judges.
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National Infrastructure Commission report

National Infrastructure Commission report

Report by Deputy President: Sue Harris, who attended a launch presentation at the National Railway Museum on 30.10.15.

George Osborne has set up the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to look at all aspects of infrastructure across the country.  The idea is that there will be assessment of needs and then long term planning, which it is hoped will have cross party support (and the make-up of the NIC reflects this – Labour Peer Lord Adonis having been appointed as the Chair of the NIC).
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Information from the Personal Support Unit (PSU)

Information from the Personal Support Unit (PSU)

To follow shortly

 
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High Court Judges Itineraries

High Court Judges Itineraries

WINTER TERM 2016

Amendment 5:

  • Ouseley J will sit at Leeds Administrative Court 28-29 January

 Amendment 4:

  • Globe J will sit at Newcastle 11-15 January inclusive
  • Stewart J will no longer sit at Leeds Administrative Court 18-29 January inclusive
  • Ouseley J will sit at Leeds Administrative Court 18 January
  • Picken J will no longer sit at Leeds (civil) 1-19 February inclusive
  • A Judge to be Named will sit at Leeds (civil) 8-19 February inclusive
  • Soole J will sit at Sheffield 18 January – 12 February inclusive

 Amendment 3:

  •  Males J will no longer sit at Newcastle 8-19 February; instead sitting at Sheffield
  • Males J will sit at Sheffield 22 February – 4 March inclusive.

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What we do

What we do

Working with the Court Service and the Judiciary

The Court Liaison Group (CLG) was set up by Sue Harris, a Director specialising in Commercial Litigation at Walker Morris LLP, and the first meeting took place on 31 July 2013.

The Leeds Law Society held an event on 17 July 2013 entitled “Meet the Judges”, and included a panel made up of: His Honour Judge Gosnell, District Judge Jordan, District Judge Goldberg, all representing the Leeds Court; Dianne Jackson-Penney the Delivery Manager of the Leeds Court Service, Heidi Sandy, then president of the Leeds Law Society and Sue Harris.
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Leeds Law Society's Official Journal

Katrina Elsey

Personal injury specialist joins Atherton Godfrey

Atherton Godfrey has appointed personal injury specialist Katrina Elsey.

Elsey joins the firm from Irwin Mitchell, where she worked in a large personal injury department.

She has almost 16 years’ experience in the legal field and has vast experience in dealing with claims resulting from injuries in public places, in shops and road traffic accidents.
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