Barker Son and Isherwood are pleased to confirm that our application to remain part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme ("CQS") has been successful. Having proven to meet the high standards which have been set out by the Law Society, every client who uses our services for their next house sale or purchase can expect to receive a professional, high quality Conveyancing Service. The scheme has grown significantly over the last 12 months and is popular with lenders. Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank all restrict panel membership applications to CQS accredited firms and HSBC Bank will only allow a CQS accredited firms to act for both the Bank and the borrower. Santander Bank has recently announced that by 31st March 2013, all existing firms on their panel must be CQS accredited
Barker Son and Isherwood are members of Resolution, a 6500 strong group of family lawyers, who are commited to minimising the financial and emotional pain it causes. We do this by adopting a conciliatory approach, which puts the needs of any children involved first. Resolution supports the work we do through its national and regional training programmes, publications and good practice guides. As members of Resolution we adhere to a code of practice. The code sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to family law matters. The principles of the code are widely recognised and have been adopted by the Law Society as recommended good practice for all family lawyers.
Barker Son and Isherwood are proud to have continued to secure the Law Society's National Law Management Quality Mark, LEXCEL. Lexcel is the Law Society's international practice management standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify that certain standards have been met following independent assessment. The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.
Barker Son & Isherwood are members of the Agricultural Law Association ("ALA"). The ALA is consulted by government on legislative and policy changes and it is now the UK’s premier independent cross-disciplinary organisation dealing on an agenda-free, non-partisan, non-political basis with all matters arising in connection with rural business. It has over 1,100 members and it includes some of the leading practitioners in rural affairs in the UK and Europe.
As members of the ALA BS&I are able to exchange views and experiences of agricultural matters and we are able to keep up to date with changes in the law and pass our knowledge and experience onto our clients.
Barker Son and Isherwood are pleased to announce that our Cyber Essentials assessement has been successful.
Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously. The scheme is available at two levels:
- Cyber Essentials - an independently verified self assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
- Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.
The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.
Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to recertify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.
Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0914-cyber-essentials-scheme-certification
For further information please see www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials