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By JMP Solicitors, Aug 11 2017 10:16AM

The law firm runs its operation from offices on Dysart Road in Grantham and represents clients and businesses in litigation and advisory legal matters from all over England and Wales.

JMP Solicitors attains Lexcel accreditation
JMP Solicitors attains Lexcel accreditation

They have just been awarded Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales. Only 11% of all law firms have achieved this rigorous quality standard.

Lexcel is an optional accreditation scheme for firms whose client care and business management standards are subjected to an uncompromising initial, and subsequently annual, independent audit.

The Lexcel quality mark shows that a solicitors’ firm has met high standards in the way it is managed.

The Law Society deems a Lexcel firm makes sure clients understand what is expected, provide a consistent level of service to every-one and delivers what is expected.

We pride ourselves on being a progressive firm that is proactive and is working as efficiently as possible without losing our accessibility and approachability. The standard is recognised by many clients, particularly those in the banking and insurance sectors and in a very competitive market this quality mark can be a positive differentiating factor between firms.

“What is even more pleasing is the firm passed the initial audit with no non- compliances.” Commented Ian Howard, Managing Director.

The Law Society assessor remarked “all the areas of good practice (client care, case management, etc.) should be commended especially given that this is the firm’s initial assessment against Lexcel standards.”

“Everyone at the firm can be really proud of their achievements. We knew we were an accomplished business with remarkable lawyers and professionals. On winning this prestigious quality standard there is certainly a positive energy across the practice and we look forward to the future with confidence” remarked co- Director Yvonne Carratt.

By JMP Solicitors, Aug 4 2017 03:52PM

It was fascinating to hear the other day on the Today Programme that two systems were able to communicate with each other through their own modified use of English. Some might think this is very scary indeed.

Whatever our fears about artificial intelligence, it is clear that systems are being used increasingly to programme our routines whether in work or outside it. I want to say we are assisted by them but “programme “may be more accurate as we are, more often than not, subject to their requirements as anyone who frequently forgets his password will agree.

This is also an area which is evolving very quickly and it seems to me that the law is only following from behind. For example it is only last year that the Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 (the eIDAS Regulation) went into force (on 1 July 2016) setting up an EU wide framework for the execution of documents by electronic means. This allows the use of cloud technology so customers can even generate and validate electronic and digital signatures on the move using their smartphone or tablet. But what is next?

The use of Systems is bringing further challenges in to the everyday area of law.

For example, instead of standard documents we are seeing more use of phone texts as evidence in our cases. I would be most surprised if any of them were written with that use in mind.

Does anyone actually read the terms and conditions before ticking a box to say he has? This applies to businesses just as to consumers. (It seems, rather perversely, that terms and conditions are getting longer by the way.)

There is a pressure to standardise everything and, while legal principles should be administered with consistency, each case is special and a client should be a person and not a number.

While Systems can work very well for us, they cannot think for us—yet. I wonder if there is a temptation to rely on them too much in haste. Perhaps it is only when we stop being lazy that we will feel in better control.

Head of Commercial Services - Sonia Braybrook
Head of Commercial Services - Sonia Braybrook

By JMP Solicitors, Jul 31 2017 01:07PM

There is no such thing in law as a “common law relationship”. Explains head of Family Law - Neil Remnant. Cohabiting couples may think they have protection and rights, especially if there is a home or children involved, but without the right legal protection people can be left high and dry.

Couples living together have fewer rights than if they were to be married or in a civil partnership. It affects the entitlement to estate on the demise of one or other of the couple, property shares if you split up, access and parental responsibility of children.

Here’s how you can protect your rights.

Wills and inheritance – couples living together have no automatic right to each other’s assets on death. If no will has been made, the rules of intestacy mean that the estate passes to the next of kin (this can be an estranged child of a former relationship from many years in the past.) Or the Crown if no next of kin can be fund. Our advice is to make a mirrored will. A mirrored will is suitable for couples who have similar or identical wishes.

Property – if you split up and one of the couple owns the property, the other will have no automatic right at any share of it. If you buy a property as a couple it is advisable to instruct your lawyer to purchase the property jointly.

If you are living together now and the house belongs to one party, you can get a cohabitation agreement drawn up which formalises each person’s rights and responsibilities towards each other – slightly unromantic - but they can help you out of a jam of the relationship breaks down and will avoid costly litigation. You can also protect your interest in property .

Children and parental responsibility – if the child was born after 1 December 2003 and both parents register the birth the child has shared parental responsibility. Otherwise it is the mother that has parental responsibility and they can not lose it (except by adoption, rarely a court order).

If you are a father or partner of a child and you have not jointly registered the birth you can set up a parental responsibility agreement. You don’t need a lawyer for this. You can download the form from the Government’s website and follow the instructions for registration.

By JMP Solicitors, Jul 19 2017 02:57PM

We were contacted by a member of the public through our Facebook page last week. He had been approached, out of the blue, through Facebook messenger by a person, purporting to be a solicitor, and was using our logo as his header page. The member of the public was just querying if this person worked for us.

It was a scam. This person was not on the Law Society roll, so was clearly committing a criminal offence in purporting to be a solicitor. He did not work for us and had never worked for us. The profile had been set up only a couple of days before.

What did we do?

1. We messaged the person directly asking him to cease and desist.

2. We reported him to Facebook using their on-line tools as breaching our IPR. This generated a message directly to the Facebook fraudster.

3. We put a message on our Facebook page which was widely shared.

4. We reported this to the police through the Action Fraud line.

5. We reported this to the SRA who put us in touch with the ID Theft Team who were swift to respond.

Within a couple of hours the fraudster contacted us through Facebook to apologise having taken down the profile saying “ I have just started up my own business and didn’t realise”…

What concerned us was that the member of the public explained to us that the fraudster claimed he was representing a client. If it had not have been for his intervention we would have been unaware of the scam.

The SRA call handler explained that they are getting daily reports of this nature, particularly around Inheritance and Probate matters.

Be aware.

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