SRA to conduct root-and-branch review of client financial protection

first_img Charles Plant is chair of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority New disciplinary procedure Until 1 June 2010, the SRA had no option in cases where a reprimand was thought to be an inadequate penalty but to refer the solicitor to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Referral to the SDT inevitably entails delay, additional stress for the solicitor and the risk of costs increasing to the point where they may substantially exceed the fine imposed by the SDT. However, the SRA now has the power to impose a written rebuke and/or a penalty of up to £2,000, having made a finding of breach of regulatory obligations or professional misconduct. The new rules, which apply only to matters where the act or omission giving rise to the SRA finding occurred wholly after 1 June 2010, can be found on our website. For the avoidance of doubt, the most serious disciplinary cases will continue to be referred to the tribunal, including all in which dishonesty is alleged. The civil standard of proof (the balance of probabilities) will be applied in SRA decisions, as it always has been in cases not referred to the SDT. Both rebukes and fines, which can be ordered together, may be published in the public interest. There is a right of appeal to the SDT against an order to pay a penalty and also against a rebuke if it is intended to be published. The SRA’s new HandbookWe have now published our new Handbook for consultation with the profession and other interested parties. This is driven by our move to outcomes-focused regulation and the need to re-draft sections of the regulatory regime to accommodate alternative business structures. The Handbook can be found at the SRA website. center_img The Solicitors Regulation Authority board has been considering the future of the assigned risks pool (ARP), the arrangement by which firms that have been unable to obtain professional indemnity insurance in the open market are provided with cover for a limited period. The ARP is underwritten by all the qualifying insurers as a condition of participation in this market. The number of firms in the ARP has increased dramatically in recent years, from 28 in 2007/08 to 259 in May 2010. Consequently, the cost of the ARP has increased considerably and many solicitors whose firms are not in it are concerned that it is significantly increasing their premiums. The SRA board has concluded that continuation in its current form is simply not sustainable. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that our decisions have been based on as complete information as possible and all relevant views have been fully taken into account. The responses to two consultations and a full equality impact assessment have been considered. The latter included research commissioned by the Law Society and information from qualifying insurers about their approach to equality. The option of closing the ARP altogether was proposed at the beginning of the process. However, we concluded that, because of the potentially detrimental consequences to certain sectors of the profession, some kind of safety net is required. We have decided to retain the ARP at this juncture, but from 1 October 2010 no newly established firms will be able to go straight into it, and the current two-year limit for firms to remain will be reduced to one. The SRA will be able to allow a firm to stay in the pool for a second year, subject to objective criteria. Our aim has been to preserve a system of sound financial protection for clients, while maintaining a sustainable competitive market for solicitors’ compulsory professional indemnity insurance. In conjunction with the Law Society, we will consider ways in which we can give better support to firms to reduce the risk of them entering the ARP in the first place. For many firms the uncertainty about the future of their insurance arrangements has been compounded by the placing of the Irish firm, Quinn Insurance, into administration under Irish insurance legislation. For the time being, Quinn insurance policies remain valid, and solicitors insured with Quinn need not take further action. But I urge all firms that have an indemnity policy with Quinn to monitor the SRA website (, where we will post the latest guidance at least until the end of October. In the wake of our review of our overall approach to regulation and the expanding legal services landscape, we are about to start a root-and-branch review of client financial protection, with a view to introducing the outcomes in time for the renewal on 1 October 2011. The review will be wide-ranging and include both compulsory professional indemnity arrangements and the compensation fund. We shall consult closely with the profession, consumer organisations and the insurers as we undertake this work. We are also making arrangements for a meeting with black and minority ethnic practitioner groups and insurers to explore the concerns which have been raised about the ways in which the insurance market works for some sectors of the profession. It is essential that we can all have confidence that the system is working fairly, effectively and efficiently.last_img read more

Restaurant Dine-In, Gyms, Churches Given Green Light

first_imgFrom this week, patrons are allowed to dine-in at food service establishments across the island.This follows months of similar restrictions imposed to prevent consumers from contracting or spreading the highly contagious Covid19 illness.Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassy Thomas told the nation that restaurants and eateries which are unable to meet the following guidelines should continue with take-out and delivery service.“Reservations must be made to avoid crowds congregating,” she listed. “Tables should be spaced 6 ft apart; all tables and chairs should be cleaned and sanitized before opening and after use by each client; do not combine groups and very importantly, cleaning and sanitizing as you go along.”Gyms and churches have also been given the green light to operate.Establishments which meet the standards are granted a compliance certificate for display. Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share LocalNews Restaurant Dine-In, Gyms, Churches Given Green Light by: – June 2, 2020last_img read more

Grand Haven boys lose early lead, fall to East Kentwood 63-54 in O-K Red game

first_img Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon Share (1862) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Bestseller Other DEAL OF THE DAY (33138) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller × Mail ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… By Jacob ArvidsonLocalSportsJournal.comGRAND HAVEN – The Grand Haven Buccaneers faced a tough conference matchup at home on Tuesday night against a talented and athletic East Kentwood squad.Grand Haven trailed for the majority of the contest and fell 63-54 to the Falcons. The loss drops the Bucs to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the O-K Red Conference.Zac Holman drives the lane for Grand Haven against East Kentwood guard No. 12 Justin Lary. Photo/Tim Reilly“In general, our execution tonight wasn’t great on either side of the ball,” said Grand Haven head coach Greg Immink. “Defensively, I thought we missed some assignments that we haven’t missed. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and execute that stuff better.”Seniors Ross Koella and Zac Holman did all they could to save the Bucs, combining for 12 points in the fourth quarter to help cut a 14-point deficit to just seven late in the game, but East Kentwood was able to weather the storm.Koella finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Holman added 17 points.“They’ve been doing that for us all year,” Immink said. “They’re seniors who’ve put in a lot of time already on varsity. They’re experienced players and that’s what we expect from them.”Koella’s dunk late in the first quarter, after a steal by teammate Kellum Bridgeforth, gave the Bucs a 13-11 lead and seemed to swing the momentum in their favor. But that turned out to be Grand Haven’s last lead.A four-point play from East Kentwood’s Ylber Sahitolli, as the first quarter expired, sent the momentum back the other way.Grand Haven forward Ross Koella goes up for the baby hook in the lane. Photo/Tim ReillyThe Falcons led 28-24 at halftime and 45-35 after three quarters. They increased their edge to 14 points, 49-35, with about five minutes left, which proved to be enough to secure the win.Ca’Nas Coleman made sure the Falcons kept their lead by registering a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.“He had a very nice ball game,” Immink said about Coleman. “He got some confidence when he knocked down those two threes to start, and then he’s just a load around the rim. He gets his hands on everything. Putbacks and drop-off passes, he was able to convert those tonight.”The schedule only gets tougher for Grand Haven. The Bucs have a week to prepare for West Ottawa, the defending O-K Red Conference champion.“They’re a veteran team,” Immink said. “They’ve got a lot of guys that played a lot of minutes last year as underclassmen and they’re as good as anybody around right now. It’s going to take a big effort from us at their place on Tuesday to see if we can get back in the win column.” ENDS IN Displayed poorly Other Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Bestseller Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Not relevant ENDS IN Thank you! 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Warriors to play two warm up matches

first_imgAhead of their 2018 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title hunt, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will play two warm up matches at Providence Stadium. The first match is booked for 16:00h today while tomorrow will see the next encounter beginning from 18:00h.According to a release from the team, the time of these matches were set in order to replicate the condition in which they will play.With five matches for the Warriors booked at the venue these practice matches will condition them early to the ground especially the overseas players who never played at Providence while it will be handy if they make it to the playoffs which are also set for the ground. Shoaib Malik who was recently appointed captain and Luke Ronchi both joined the team on Saturday and were part of the training session yesterday while Keemo Paul is still with the West Indies senior team. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 2Luke Ronchi will look to set ablaze the HERO CPL 2018Amazon Warriors’ Captain Shoaib Malik sends one down during practiceAccording to Assistant Team Operations John Ramsingh, the Team Operations Manager, Omar Khan was in discussion with the local board to select some players.The partnership was able to include nine players namely, Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Adams, Ronaldo Ali Mohammed, Clinton Pestano, Ramaal Lewis, Raun Johnson, Anthony Bramble and Robin Bacchus. The matches will see players mixing with some of the leading first class players in the country as they give everyone an equal opportunity to find some form before their first match on Thursday.Guyana will take on St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their first match before playing St. Lucia Stars on Saturday.last_img read more

Orioles lineup: 7/4/2018

first_imgHappy Fourth of July everyone!! The Orioles play the Philadelphia Phillies today.  The Orioles lost last night and their were numerous questionable calls including a challenge that went against the Orioles.Here is the lineup.Please follow and like us:last_img