Jonathan Goldsmith is the Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents over 700,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. The business of finding a lawyer in another EU country, and hopefully a competent one with experience in the field you want, has recently come to the top of the agenda.First, this is a problem for criminal defence lawyers. There are more criminal cases with a cross-border element, as people move around Europe in greater numbers. And the European Arrest Warrant has kicked in, abolishing extradition and reducing considerably the amount of time that it takes to send suspects to another country. This has put pressure on criminal defence lawyers to have contacts with lawyers in other EU Member States. The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) is currently engaged in a European Commission-funded project to suggest a pilot scheme whereby criminal defence lawyers can become involved in cross-border networks, in a climate which has seen more resources over recent years going to the prosecution. The hope is that, if you urgently need to find a criminal defence lawyer in Bulgaria or Portugal who speaks English, you could do that more easily than at present. And then along comes European e-Justice. The commission will be launching an e-Justice portal in mid-December this year. It will contain a great deal of information for citizens on their rights. The commission has also decided that it will contain a ‘search a lawyer’ function. This sounds great news. It is great news. Nearly all countries have national bars with electronic directories of lawyers, and these databases will be linked up through a central portal, which already exists on the CCBE website. But the easy part stops at this point. Many of the databases are only in their national language. Some list by name, others by geographical location. Some list practice areas and languages spoken by lawyers, others do not. And in any case, what is a practice area? Something for which you have ticked a box because you are interested in expanding into that kind of work, or something for which the bar has certified that you are an expert? In other words, a European citizen using a search function which links the various national directories will meet challenges along the way. The solutions are not easy. Each bar has invested a large sum of money in its database. Changing the fields or the navigation, or even translating the search instructions into other languages, may not be what they would choose to do, particularly in these hard-pressed times. Creating a new Europe-wide database is out of the question, since the national bars are the obvious repositories of lawyer information: it is they that admit to the profession, have information about changes of address, and so on. The maintenance of a database of its lawyers is one of the core functions of a bar. It is possible to see legal education, discipline, ethics and the other functions of a bar as routes for getting onto the database in the first place, and then staying on it or coming off. Yet it is never talked about publicly. It is one of those desperately unsexy topics that is taken for granted, while we get very excited about money laundering or legal aid. I am reminded of the structure of the cosmetics industry, where 80% (or whatever) of the profits come from a common-or-garden powder puff that no one ever promotes, while all eyes are on exciting new perfumes that generate little profit. The lawyers’ database maintained by the Law Society and other European bars is our powder puff, without which none of the rest would be possible. We have to face the fact that the commission wants European citizens to find lawyers in another jurisdiction in an easy manner. That is obviously good for citizens, but also good for lawyers, since we need to find out about our colleagues elsewhere. Reaching that goal is going to be one of the challenges of the coming years.
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The man in charge of Slater and Gordon during the unfolding disaster of recent years will walk away with at least £162,000 when he finally leaves the firm.The listed Australian practice this week confirmed that former group managing director Andrew Grech is entitled to receive three months’ salary in lieu of notice, 13 weeks’ salary as a termination payment, and any untaken annual leave and long service leave accrued.Grech stepped down from his £324,000-a-year role in June and is retained on his base salary in the role of non-executive director until the proposed balance sheet restructuring of the group has been completed, and a replacement for his role is found.Slater and Gordon’s annual report, published yesterday, confirms that Grech received no short-term bonus payments for this year and forfeited performance-related rights previously granted under a long-term incentive plan. Andrew GrechGrech has worked for Slater and Gordon for 23 years and he oversaw the incorporation of the firm in 2001, followed by the company’s initial public offering in 2007.After initial success after the company moved to the UK with the acquisition of several firms and rapid expansion of the business, the firm suffered badly from the purchase of Quindell’s legal services division. That acquisition is the subject of ongoing litigation between Slater and Gordon and Quindell successor business Watchstone plc.In its report, Slater and Gordon admits to ‘continued underperformance’ across the UK and Australian operations, with the involvement of lenders now ‘fundamental’ due to the size of the company’s debt relative to its market valuation.In the full year ending 30 June 2017, the company closed 18 sites across the UK, but chief executive Ken Fowlie insisted it has continued to service clients ‘without disruption’. Around 3,070 people work for Slater and Gordon in the UK. In 2016/17, 60% of fees and services revenue in the UK were derived from personal injury law.The firm says its reorganisation of the UK business is now ‘largely complete’ and the focus is now on improving productivity.The Slater and Gordon Lawyers section of the group suffered a 17% decline in revenue during the year, in part due to the reduction in the size of the business following rationalisation.
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by Downtown Farmington’s latest live music experience continues on Wednesday, June 20, with a jazzy 12 p.m. concert at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.Sheila Landis and Rick Matle (downtownfarmington.org)A seven-time “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” winner at the “Detroit Music Awards,” Sheila Landis’ most adventurous work is done in the company of long-time musical partner, 7-string guitarist, Rick Matle. Together, they fearlessly explore swing, jazz, blues, Brazilian rhythms, funk, pop and their own inventive collaborations. Learn more at sonicbids.com/band/sheilalandisrickmatle/The Lunch Beats series, which runs through August 8, features local musicians performing in a range of styles from pop and jazz to Nashville. Bring a sack lunch or grab a carryout from a downtown restaurant.Learn more: DOWNTOWN FARMINGTON WEDNESDAY CONCERT SERIES LIVENS UP LUNCH
With the resignation on January 13 of long-time Planning Commission member Kenneth Chiara, the City of Farmington has a vacancy to fill.Appointed in 2011, Chiara also served on the city’s Traffic and Safety Board until it was dissolved. A 50-year Farmington resident, he said it was an honor to join the Planning Commission.“I have always been amazed at the number of volunteers the city has, and I wanted to become a part of that,” he said. “After several years on the traffic committee, I wanted to remain part of the city volunteer group. My heart will always be in the city of Farmington.”The three-year term ends June 30, 2022. Those interested should fill out a board and commission application, which is available at City Hall, 23600 Liberty St. or online, farmgov.com/City-Services/Forms-and-Permits/Government/Application_BoardsCommissionsCommittees.aspxThe Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. To learn more about the position, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-474-5500, ext. 2221. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Story Links NCAA Live Video NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Qualification Lists INDIANAPOLIS – The West Florida women’s swimming and diving team will begin competition at the NCAA Division II Championships this week at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. UWF, a second year program, will be competing at the national meet for the second year in a row. The Argonauts placed 23rd at nationals last year in Geneva, Ohio with four swimmers, and this year they will look to place even higher with a larger group in Indianapolis. Seven swimmers from UWF qualified for the national meet: Mariana de Paula (Santos, Brazil), Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa), Angelina Gallastegui (Brandon, Fla.), Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany), Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich.), Madeline Pitt (Trussville, Ala.) and Paulina Szydlo (Wroclaw, Poland). Three of that group, de Villiers, Macht and Mitchell, will be competing at nationals for the second time with UWF. Macht placed first in the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley at last year’s national meet and earned honorable mention All-America honors in four events. Peggy de Villiers was an honorable mention All-America pick in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay. Mitchell was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team to earn an honorable mention All-America finish. The Argos will send three divers, Monica Amaral (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Josie McKee (Canton, Ohio) and Meghan Zets (Grovetown, Ga.), to the diving qualifying meet on Tuesday. McKee and Zets are returning to the diving qualifier after also competing last year; McKee was 30th at 1 meter and 24th at 3 meters at the event, while Zets placed 37th at 1 meter and 22nd at 3 meters. Tuesday’s diving qualifier at 10 a.m. ET will narrow the field to 22 for the national championship meet starting on Wednesday. For the next four days during the championship meet there will be prelim events starting at 10:30 a.m. ET and finals starting at 6 p.m. ET. The event schedule is as follows: Wednesday, March 11Prelims: 200 IM, 50 Free, 200 Medley Relay, 1,000 Free#Finals: 1,000 Free$, 200 IM, 50 Free, 200 Medley Relay Thursday, March 12Prelims: 200 Free Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 400 Medley Relay, 1-Meter DivingFinals: 200 Free Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 1-Meter Diving, 400 Medley Relay Friday, March 13Prelims: 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay#Finals: 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay$ Saturday, March 14Prelims: 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 400 Free Relay, 1,650 Free#, 3-Meter DivingFinals: 1,650 Free$, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 3-Meter Diving, 400 Free Relay # – all but last heat of timed finals$ – last heat of timed finals Live results and live video coverage will be available on the Division II swimming and diving page at NCAA.com. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Kenai man got an unwelcome surprise in the early morning hours of June 26, his truck had been stolen from his automotive shop in Kenai. It’s not just the financial aspect of car theft that impacts the victims. The true cost of car theft runs far deeper. Pisa: “Definitely have a hollow empty feeling, and like nothing is being done.” Pisa received the name of the individual who allegedly stole the vehicle from local law enforcement, but at this time no one has been charged. Anthony Pisa, owner of Anthony’s Transmission in Kenai: “We didn’t it actually notice it was missing until Tuesday morning, when we were going to use it. We called Kenai Police and filed a stolen report, and kind of let it go from there.” According to Pisa he was surprised when he was contacted by KPD the following morning since he was convinced that he would never see his truck again, or that it would turn up with no more than just the frame left. Pisa was able to contact a tow company in Anchorage and requested the vehicle be towed instead of impounded, and then Pisa sent up an employee with a tow truck in order to retrieve his vehicle and get it back to his shop in Kenai. Pisa was told by law enforcement that the individuals in the vehicle had been cited, and allegedly had a utility trailer hooked up to the back of the vehicle that did not belong to him. All he could do from there was wait.Pisa: “I heard back from them Friday evening after work, an Anchorage officer told me he was on-site with the vehicle. The driver side door was damaged and the back glass was missing out of it. He informed me there was nothing they could really do and they would have to impound it. I was like ‘Oh my gosh!’.” According to Pisa it cost him roughly $300 dollars total to get his truck back: “Obviously, now that it’s back here we have to repair that back window, take the top off, and do all of that stuff. That was the last time I’ve heard from anyone.” Pisa: “I was contacted by Kenai Police on Wednesday morning, and they said they had found out where the vehicle was at. ‘I was like that’s wonderful, what do we have to do?’ They responded with we don’t know exactly where it’s at, but we know it’s in Anchorage. They told me that between Sunday night when it was stolen Tuesday morning when I had called it in that they had pulled that vehicle over three separate times, and let them go.”
Tries from Dan Thomas and Andy Uren, together with a penalty try, two penalties from Callum Sheedy and one from Ian Madigan, led Bristol to a first league victory over the Cherry and Whites in more than 11 years.Saints’ run of two straight Gallagher Premiership wins was ended by Saracens last weekend, as they fell to a 36-17 defeat at Allianz Park.Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s clash.
Suharev, who started in the weight category up to 89 kilograms, lifted 161 kilograms in the pull and 202 kilograms in the push.The 202 kilograms lifted in the push-up exercise and the 363 kilograms achieved in the sum are new Latvian records.The competition, which took place in Ventspils, was attended by 45 participants from Balvi, Ludza, Dobele, Daugavpils, Ventspils, as well as guests from Lithuania and Estonia. The competition was organized by the Latvian Weightlifting Federation with the financial support of Ventspils municipality.Traditionally, an international weightlifting camp was held in Ventspils during this time, with a seminar bringing together athletes and coaches from several countries. Taking into account the restrictions set by Covid-19, it is not possible to organize an international camp, therefore only participants from the Baltic States participated in the competition. Others are currently reading VIDEO: An air dragon in Taiwan winds up a three-year-old child “The North Sea does not pity us!” The NAF Naval Forces is publishing a video of water falling on board a ship Many vacationers have witnessed a woman jump off a bridge from the Islands