You will have noticed the recent addition to our MRS – Stewart Travel – it is perfect timing when looking to book a summer break so please contact them and they will be only too happy to help you get the holiday of your dreams!
If you have a local Company who would be interested in participating in the Scheme, please send contact details to any Committee Member and we will follow this up. The only criteria is they must be willing to offer a discount on their services on production of an SPA Membership Card.
We are keen to get Companies involved in all areas of expertise – from Plumbers to Hairdressers!
The Committee has agreed to reduce Annual Membership Fees for existing Members who retire or have been made redundant and for Members on maternity leave to £10 a year pro rata.
When applying to renew Membership please send a covering letter requesting the discounted rate and giving the reason.
NEWS UPDATE – ARTL
We have had discussions with the Law Society on the procedures to be followed when this is rolled out shortly and the effect it will have on Paralegals working in the conveyancing field.
It is our understanding that each Firm will have a designated Partner who will bear sole responsibility for the smart cards being issued in that Firm. There will be different levels of responsibility authorised for each card and not everyone will be given full access to the systems. Paralegals should discuss the level they will be authorised to work at with their Partner.
We understand that Missives and Letters of Obligation will continue to be dealt with in the “old fashioned” way of being signed in ink and not electronically.
It is very important to note that Paralegals should not accept a smart card bearing another person’s signature to complete a transaction. Should your boss be unavailable for any reason and give you his card to complete a transaction you should refuse as this is considered a fraudulent action and would leave everyone concerned open to criminal charges.
The Law Society will be issuing Guidance Notes prior to ARTL becoming live and all Paralegals should ensure they are copied in on them for their own information.
Should you have any issues arising from the implementation of ARTL systems in your Firm please don’t hesitate to contact us.