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 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 committed 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 practise 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.
Zoë Le Fort of our firm is a fully qualified member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). The main focus of the organisation is to promote high professional standards within the profession, to provide educational and networking opportunities for its members and to contribute to debates and public policy in its specialist field. STEP are the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. They work to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promote education and high professional standards among its members.
STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting a will to advising on issues concerning international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.
All STEP members are subject to a Code of Professional Conduct requiring them at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires the confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community. Members are also required to keep up to date with the latest legal, technical and regulatory developments.
For further information see https://www.step.org
Zoë Le Fort is also a fully accredited Member of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly). SFE is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
All SFE Full Accredited Members must have a minimum of 3 years of experience and specialise in a wide range of legal issues affecting older and vulnerable people. Our members must have spent a substantial amount of their time working for older clients and have to fulfil our own criteria for membership. To become a Full Accredited Member of SFE, members must continue to keep their training in this area of the law up to date and are also required to complete both the SFE Older Client Care in Practice and Older Client Law in Practice awards. These are externally accredited awards, which demonstrate that members have the additional skills needed to work with older and vulnerable clients. This is a unique qualification and truly sets SFE members apart from all other lawyers and advisers. As well as this, all members are required to follow the SFE code of practice.
The main areas of law SFE members cover are:
- Making a Will
- Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Tax planning
- Asset preservation
- Paying for care
- NHS Continuing Care Funding
- Court of Protection
- Elder abuse
For further information see: http://www.sfe.legal
Barker Son and Isherwood are pleased to announce that our Cyber Essentials assessment 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.