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 Solicitor Directory 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).

 

16
OCT

Hatha Yoga Session - Individual or 6 Week Course Available

Date
Start Time
End Time

16/10/2018
12:15
13:00

23
OCT

Hatha Yoga Session - Individual or 6 Week Course Available

Date
Start Time
End Time

23/10/2018
12:15
13:00

24
OCT

The Law Society Ethics Roundtable

Date
Start Time
End Time

24/10/2018
16:15
18:15

13
NOV

Business & Professional Networking Lunch

Date
Start Time
End Time

13/11/2018
12:30
14:00

20
NOV

Wellbeing and Resilience Taster Session

Date
Start Time
End Time

20/11/2018
09:30
12:30

22
NOV

In-House Legal - The Inside Story

Date
Start Time
End Time

22/11/2018
15:30
18:00

29
NOV

Video Remand Hearings Defence Representatives Workshop

Date
Start Time
End Time

29/11/2018
17:00
20:00

22
JAN

Business & Professional Networking Lunch

Date
Start Time
End Time

22/01/2019
12:30
14:00

14
MAR

Leeds Annual Legal Dinner 2019

Date
Start Time
End Time

14/03/2019
19:00
23:00

16
MAY

FB Fashion Ball 2019

Date
Start Time
End Time

16/05/2019
18:00
20:00

10
JUN

Ganton Golf Tournament 2019

Date
Start Time
End Time

10/06/2019
08:00
21:00

Communiqué

The Law Society

Women in the Law 2018 – The largest international survey conducted on the topic of women in the law

February 2018 Newsletter: the latest Law Society update for the North.

Junior Lawyers Division Leeds: Why not get involved?

Update from President of The Law Society: for local law society members

2 July 2018 – Letter to the Prime Minister put together by the Professional & Business Services Council
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Consultations

LSB consultation on its 2018-2021 strategic plan and 2018/19 business plan Submission deadline 19/02/18

Default County Court Judgements – A consultation on ensuring the process works fairly, for both creditors and debtors: Submission deadline 21/02/18

SQE consultation: Looking to the Future – Notes from meeting with Julie Brannan, SRA on SQE consultation Read notes here– 6 November 2017
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Millennials and the Legal Profession

Voluntary code of recruitment for trainee solicitors: a recommended standard of good practice for employers, students and higher education careers advisers and faculty staff.

Generation Y’s focus on varied tasks and work-life balance isn’t about being work-shy; it’s about being flexible to get the best out of employees, explains Charlotte Parkinson to the Solicitor’s Journal – 7 August

New SQE: The way in which legal careers are planned and managed has been brought sharply into focus by the SRA’s SQE plans.  
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IBA Harassment Survey

IBA Harassment Survey - Social Media 1

Global Survey
Harassment in the Legal Profession

The International Bar Association’s Legal Policy & Research Unit is undertaking a new survey focused on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession.
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Solicitor Training Regulations

SRA Competency Approach

From 1 April 2015, the SRA’s traditional requirement that solicitors must obtain at least 16 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year was replaced by a new approach called the SRA Competency Approach.

This has to be adopted by all solicitors from 1 November 2016.
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Wellbeing

LawCare: promotes good mental health & wellbeing across the legal community & helps thousands of legal professionals cope with a range of issues.

SBA – The Solicitors Charityprovides grants & interest-free loans, support with career transition & access to bespoke personal insolvency advice to those in serious financial need.
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Bar Council & Chambers

Events and Seminars open to our members from the Bar and Chambers in Leeds:


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Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims is made by the Master of the Rolls as Head of Civil Justice. The Protocol comes into force on 1 October 2017

This Protocol applies to any business (including sole traders and public bodies) claiming payment of a debt from an individual (including a sole trader).
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Notice: Sealing of Tomlin Orders

Notice: Sealing of Tomlin Orders

From 3rd October 2016 a Court Associate of the RCJ, Chancery Division, Rolls Building will approve and seal Tomlin Orders if:-

  • The Order is headed “Tomlin Order”
  • The Order concerns only a claim for money (i.e. debt or damages, including any interest and costs)
  • No other relief (e.g. injunction) has been sought
  • The preamble to the Order contains the following wording:

“And the solicitors having certified that the only relief sought in this claim/counterclaim is the payment
of money including any interest and costs, and that no ancillary relief has been sought at any stage”.
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New Training Regulations for Solicitors from 1 November 2016

New Training Regulations for Solicitors from 1 November 2016

New SRA Competency Approach

From 1 April 2015, the SRA’s traditional requirement that solicitors must obtain at least 16 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year was replaced by a new approach called the SRA Competency Approach.

This has to be adopted by all solicitors from 1 November 2016.

Summary of New Approach

To achieve SRA competency (which must be declared on an annual basis before a practising certificate can be awarded) the new approach requires:

  • A solicitor to reflect on their practice; and
  • Undertake regular learning and development so that their skills and knowledge remain up to date.

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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

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:

General Representation Sheet
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2A Mortgage Possession represent

2A Mortgage Possession represent

For Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Return of Goods representation sheet

 
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5 Small Claims representation sheet

5 Small Claims representation sheet

For Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

Charging order representation sheet

 
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16a General Form of Undertaking

16a General Form of Undertaking

For Leeds court users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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

16b Notice of McKenzie Friend

For Leeds Court Users

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

16b Notice of McKenzie Friend

 
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High Court Judges’ Itineraries

High Court Judges’ Itineraries

Follow the links below for updated High Court Judge itineraries:

Winter Term 2018 amendment  (Thursday 11 January  – Wednesday 28 March 2018)

Summer Term 2018 (Tuesday 10 April – Tuesday 31 July 2018)

Autumn Term 2018 (8th August – 31st December 2018)

Contact list (telephone numbers and email addresses) for Judges and Clerks (23 January 2018)

 
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Survey from MOJ re LASPO

Survey from MOJ re LASPO

Dear Subscriber,

Please note that the MOJ have issued a survey relating to LASPO – this is Part 2 – with a focus on Litigation Funding and Costs:

The survey can be found HERE

The MOJ have issued the following information with the survey:

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is undertaking a post-implementation review of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).
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Security Procedures and Prohibited Items at Leeds Combined Courts

Security Procedures and Prohibited Items at Leeds Combined Courts

Instructions for court users regarding security procedures at the Leeds Combined Court Centre and a list of prohibited items (October 2017)

Since July 2017 all persons entering Leeds Combined Court Centre have been subject to a thorough search.   The time that it is taking for people to access the building has been increased due to the number of items being confiscated.
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New Judicial Appointment – Leeds District Registry

New Judicial Appointment – Leeds District Registry

Please see the link below to the announcement of the appointment of Malcolm Davis-White QC as a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge in Leeds.

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/announcements/specialist-civil-circuit-judge-appointment-davis-white-qc/

It is understood that he will heading the Chancery Division in Leeds and will commence his appointment on 06.12.16.

The delay in his appointment was so that he could finish a case that he was hearing as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
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For all Users of the Chancery Court in Leeds – Pilot

For all Users of the Chancery Court in Leeds – Pilot

Please see details of a pilot that will run for the next six months in Leeds and that relates to cost budgets:

PILOT SCHEME (6 months) Please note, the pilot has been extended so is continuing for the time being

PLEASE NOTE

With the intention of avoiding the expense and inconvenience of cost management and likewise the need to have a Costs and Case Management Conference the Chancery District Judges at Leeds District Registry with the support of the Vice Chancellor have introduced a new practice as follows:

PRACTICE

Provided that, when filing their Directions Questionnaires:

a) The parties express a wish to limit the extent of cost budgeting, and;
b) The parties also file agreed case management directions.
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Important information from the Companies Court in Leeds

Important information from the Companies Court in Leeds

The Companies Court at Leeds District Registry are currently trialling a new pilot. The aim of which is to eliminate the requirement to file “paper” documents in respect of winding up petitions and to be paperless so far as possible and to be digital in relation to this area of work.
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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

NEW:  Contact list for Judges and Clerks (issued 23 January 2018) – including phone numbers and email addresses.

A list of useful local 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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Pro Bono Passport for Litigants in Person

Pro Bono Passport for Litigants in Person

Make the time spent on your case and free advice pay

Download the PRO BONO PASSPORT for Litigants in Person.

Prepared by the Access to Justice Foundation.

Use this booklet to:
1. Record the time you, as an individual, have spent on a civil legal case (i.e. not criminal or family), p2-3
2.
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Public Information Sheet

Public Information Sheet

Leeds Law Society has kindly put together a collection of useful information for regular asked questions from the general public.

It includes website links and contact information for relevant organisations and charities that can further help with all your enquiries.

Public Information Sheet – CLICK HERE
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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.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT:-

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.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THIS DOCUMENT:-

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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Court Liaison Group

Court Liaison Group

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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Proposed pilot scheme on disclosure in the new BPCs in Leeds

Proposed pilot scheme on disclosure in the new BPCs in Leeds

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR LITIGATORS USING THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS IN LEEDS

Event: 23 January 2018 – see details below

Background

At the request of the Disclosure Working Group (DWG), an event is being arranged in Leeds to update you on some significant proposals to reform of the current rules on disclosure for cases proceeding in the Business and Property Courts, including Leeds.
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Launch of the new Business and Property Court in Leeds

Launch of the new Business and Property Court in Leeds

A new court to modernise the way business and property cases are heard will open for business in Leeds later this year.

The Leeds Business and Property Court, which will be based at the Leeds Combined Court Centre on Oxford Row, is one of five regional centres being opened around the country.
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Meet the Judges: A summary of the event on 8 June 2017

Meet the Judges: A summary of the event on 8 June 2017

Introduction of the panel

HH Judge Davis-White Q.C. is our new Lead Chancery Judge and will sit in Leeds and Newcastle. Judge Davis-White was formerly a highly regarded chancery silk practising from 24 Old Buildings and before that 4 Stone Buildings in Lincoln’s Inn. He is a former chairman of the Chancery Bar Association. 
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Memorial service for HHJ Richard Jenkins

Memorial service for HHJ Richard Jenkins

HHJ Richard Jenkins’ memorial service will take place at Inner Temple on Sunday 23 July. The exact timings are yet to be announced but is likely to be around lunch time. If you require further information please contact sue.harris@walkermorris.co.uk
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Bradford Court User Meeting: Monday 19 June 2017

Bradford Court User Meeting: Monday 19 June 2017

HM Courts and Tribunal Service has issued an invitation to attend the next Court User meeting at BRADFORD IAC, Phoenix House on Monday 19 June 2017 at 13.00.
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Lord Justice Briggs: Civil Courts Structure review published

Lord Justice Briggs: Civil Courts Structure review published

FOLLOWING BRIGGS’ LJ’S VISIT TO LEEDS IN APRIL YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE CIVIL COURTS STRUCTURE REVIEW – WHICH HAS NOW BEEN PUBLISHED

Briggs LJ’s much-anticipated Civil Courts Structure Review: Final Report was published on 27.07.16.  The full report can be accessed here.  The final conclusions and recommendations are set out on pages 115 to 124.
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Seminar Update: Fixed Costs Threat or Opportunity

Seminar Update: Fixed Costs Threat or Opportunity

A panel session was held at Clarion’s offices in conjunction with Leeds Law Society on 08.06.16 to discuss “Fixed costs – Threat or Opportunity?”

A brief summary of the issues discussed is set out in the attached note and there is a link below to an article by Andrew McAulay, Partner of Clarion in relation to the session.
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His Honour Judge Mark Raeside: Shorter Flexible Trial Scheme

His Honour Judge Mark Raeside: Shorter Flexible Trial Scheme

Leeds Law Society was pleased to organise an open forum where His Honour Judge Raeside provided an overview of the shorter trial scheme, which is proposed will be used in Leeds.

This took place on: 29th June 2016, St Phillips Chambers, Leeds

HHJ Raeside reviewed how this initiative differs from adjudication and the pilot scheme in London for flexible and shorter trials.
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Mr Justice Norris: Shorter and Flexible Trial Pilot

Mr Justice Norris: Shorter and Flexible Trial Pilot

Mr Justice Norris has written an article about the shorter and flexible trial pilot for London and how courts in the North could do something similar, with a bit of creative thinking.

Please CLICK HERE to view to article.
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Lord Dyson: Challenges Facing Civil Justice Today

Lord Dyson: Challenges Facing Civil Justice Today

Lord Dyson visit to Leeds Law Society

For a link to the event summary on Challenges Facing Civil Justice Today by Lord Dyson on 26th May 2016 please CLICK HERE.

More information from the day, and photographs of the event can be viewed 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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Update to the Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction

Update to the Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction

– approved and signed by the Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Justice, has today approved and signed an amended version of the Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction.

The need for further amendments to the IPD came to light after publication of the amended version in April 2018 when it became evident that further discrepancies between practices in dealing with insolvency work between the South-East and the rest of the country had emerged.


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Disclosure Pilot Proposals

Disclosure Pilot Proposals

OVERVIEW OF THE DISCLOSURE WORKING GROUP REFORM PROPOSALS
CHIEF MASTER MARSH AND MR JUSTICE ROBIN KNOWLES CBE

23 JANUARY 2018

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1 BACKGROUND

1.1 The excessive costs of disclosure, resulting in many clients taking litigation abroad, has led to interest in potential changes to the current disclosure process by Master of the Rolls.
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Guide to the Business and Property Courts in Leeds

Guide to the Business and Property Courts in Leeds

Leeds Law Society, in conjunction with Thomson Reuters (who very kindly sponsored the design and production) and judges in the B&PCs in Leeds, is pleased to announce the launch of a Guide to the Business and Property Courts in Leeds.

The Guide includes:

1. A foreword by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Mr Justice Barling and Mr Justice Males;
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Hearing Dates for the Business & Property Courts in Leeds

Hearing Dates for the Business & Property Courts in Leeds

HEARING DATES

FOR THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS IN LEEDS 

From: Her Majesty’s Court Service, Leeds

First Published:

Last Updated: 14th May 2018

Details of the earliest available dates for hearings (including trials) in the Business and Property Court in Leeds, based on how long they are expected to last

 

Dates for hearings

 

Length of hearing Dates available after
   
30 minutes to 1 hour 23rd May 2018
   
1 hour to half a day 25th June 2018
   
1 day 26th June 2018
   
1 to 2 days 9th July 2018
   
2 to 3 days 9th July 2018
   
1 week 3rd September 2018
   
2 to 3 weeks 10th September 2018
   
4 weeks or more 10th September 2018

 

 
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Interview with HHJ Klein: part 1 of 2: civil courts structure review, Business & Property Courts and Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes

Interview with HHJ Klein: part 1 of 2: civil courts structure review, Business & Property Courts and Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes

Regional courts have been put centre stage, with the introduction of the Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Leeds, and Manchester – and Liverpool and Newcastle to follow soon.

With thanks to Sue Harris, Immediate Past President of the Leeds Law Society, Beverley Barton, one of the editors in the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, was delighted to have the opportunity to submit questions to His Honour Judge Klein, a Specialist Chancery and Circuit Commercial Judge, principally based on the North Eastern Circuit (who is the lead Circuit Commercial Judge for the North Eastern Circuit) and to get his thoughts on recent developments and what they mean for the regions.
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Part 2 of the Interview with HHJ Klein – Business & Property courts, HMCTS modernisation and the future of English civil justice

Part 2 of the Interview with HHJ Klein – Business & Property courts, HMCTS modernisation and the future of English civil justice

Regional courts have been put centre stage, with the introduction of the Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Leeds, and Manchester – and Liverpool and Newcastle to follow soon.

With thanks to Sue Harris, Immediate Past President of the Leeds Law Society, Beverley Barton, one of the editors in the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, was delighted to have the opportunity to submit questions to His Honour Judge Klein, a Specialist Chancery and Circuit Commercial Judge, principally based on the North Eastern Circuit (who is the lead Circuit Commercial Judge for the North Eastern Circuit) and to get his thoughts on recent developments and what they mean for the regions.
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Leeds Court Users Group – B&PCs

Leeds Court Users Group – B&PCs

TO LITIGATORS USING THE BUSINESS & PROPERTY COURTS IN LEEDS

The advent of the Business and Property Courts in Leeds provides an opportunity to reconsider the structure and workings of the current specialised court users’ groups. To date the Vice Chancellor has chaired a combined Mercantile and Chancery Users’ Group and HHJ Raeside Q.C.
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Orders in the Specialist Civil Courts in Leeds

Orders in the Specialist Civil Courts in Leeds

GUIDANCE NOTE
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Introduction
  1. The coming into operation of The Business and Property Courts in Leeds on 2 October 2017 is an opportunity to remind court users about how they can assist the court in the production of orders, with a view to orders being produced as efficiently and quickly as reasonably possible.

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Notes from the Launch of the new Business and Property Courts in Leeds

Notes from the Launch of the new Business and Property Courts in Leeds

Business and Property Courts in Leeds – Launch – 10 July 2017

The Chancellor of the Chancery Court – Sir Geoffrey Vos

Former Vice Chancellor – Mr Justice Norris

Vice Chancellor – Mr Justice Barling

Head of the TCC – Mr Justice Coulson

Sponsor – Thomson Reuters – Beverley Barton (Practical Law – Dispute Resolution)

Leeds Law Society – Sue Harris (director at Walker Morris LLP)

Mr Justice Norris

Good evening and thank you for joining us, I must point out that Mr Justice Barling, my successor, is here this evening.
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Thomson Reuters would like to hear from you about recent cases, particularly in the regions

Thomson Reuters would like to hear from you about recent cases, particularly in the regions

Thomson Reuters are always looking to increase the accessibility of case law on Westlaw UK and Lawtel. They are also keen to ensure that they can select from cases heard in the regional centres alongside those heard in London. With that in mind, Thomson Reuters would welcome submissions from practitioners and others to the following email address:

casesubmissions@thomsonreuters.com

 
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Leeds Law Society's Official Journal

Leeds law society conference 2018 at the Civic hall, Leeds

The Leeds Conference: Raising the city’s profile

Leeds Law Society is pressing upon its members to adopt the phrase, ‘Leeds: a centre for legal excellence’, and incorporate it into their marketing efforts, in a bid to raise the profile of the city’s legal sector and deliver the message to a wide audience.

The society, in partnership with Leeds City Council, is doing its own bit in this regard with the annual Leeds Conference, which took place at the Leeds Civic Hall on 13 June.
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