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Manchester Law Society Weekly Newsletter September
  • Sep 3, 2021
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Complimentary Invitation to The Ripples of Hope Festival
The Ripples of Hope Festival - curated by Artistic Director Jude Kelly CBE – will take place at HOME on the 15-19 September 2021. With a programme too packed to cover in this email please explore the full range of events - featuring everyone from Hillary Clinton and Gary Younge to Elif Shafak and Simon Armitage, with feasts and performances, workshops and debates - which you can find at

The Ripples of Hope Festival is, at its core, about celebrating the power of people and communities to make human rights a reality. We believe this is especially important now, after all we've been through in the last 18 months - as a moment of coming together, re-connecting and looking to the future. It's really important to us that the people who come along really reflect every part of Greater Manchester

We are delighted to be able to make available a number of tickets on a complimentary basis for the following events:
PEN HG Wells Lecture featuring Elif Shafak
19.00-20.00, Fri 17 Sept
09.30-18.00, Fri 17 Sept
09.30-18.00, Sat 18 Sept
09.30-18.00, Sun 19 Sept  

THE POETIC DECLARATION: Three events unveiling new works by 30 poets from across the world to rearticulate the importance of human rights, convened by Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate.
Part 1 - 20.30-21.30, Fri 17 Sept
Part 2 - 19.45-20.45, Sat 18 Sept
Part 3 - 19.45-20.45, Sun 19 Sept

If you would like to take up this offer for any/all of these events, please complete this form as soon as possible as there are limited numbers and it is first come first served. 
We hope you'll be able to join us!

Executive Director
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK
News from HMCTS for Criminal Practitioners
Nightingale Courts Update: the number and location of temporary Nightingale courts will be changing over the next weeks as we reach the end of venue-hire contracts. Salford Lowry Nightingale Court will be closed at the end of August 2021. We are extending 32 Crown Nightingale courtrooms to the end of March 2022. A full list of Nightingale courts and additional courtrooms currently open is available via GOV.UK.

Defence professionals can download the Initial Details of the Prosecution Case (IDPC) directly from Common Platform, instead of requesting this from the Crown Prosecution Service. You can also upload case documents directly to Common Platform, including the Preparation for Effective Trial (PET) and Better Case Management (BCM) forms.

Defence solicitors and barristers can use the Common Platform professional check-in feature in both the Crown Court and the magistrates’ court. This records your name against the court record for Legal Aid Agency payment purposes, and informs the judge, legal adviser or court clerk that you are in attendance.
University of Manchester are looking for volunteers
We’re  frequently on the lookout for volunteers to work with our Pro Bono Society, who run regular careers guidance sessions for their members.
Are you a practicing solicitor or barrister? There may be opportunities for you to share your expertise with students in our Justice Hub,  incorporating our Legal Advice Centre, or even with students in our Bar and Advocacy Society.
Furthermore, if you are an alumni of the University of Manchester, you have access to our global Manchester Network, offering you opportunities to meet and connect with other alumni, or offer careers advice to students and new graduates in your country.
If you just want to know a bit more about what we’re up to, be sure to keep up with all our latest news and events. Follow us on  social media to be the first to hear our latest updates!
Any questions about how you can get involved? Contact our Engagement and External Relations Team,
September Messenger

Read all the news from the Society, our partners and our members HERE
Don't forget to submit your articles to Julia Baskerville by 22 September for inclusion in the October edition.
Manchester Professionals Dinner Club
20 September 2021
Not long now until our very first post lockdown event taking place at Mount Street Dining Room & Bar, at the newly refurbished Midland Hotel.

The menu and booking form are can be found here.

The evening will include:-
A welcome drink
1/2 bottle of wine or soft drinks per person
Three course meal
Business card draw
Tickets will cost £40.00 + VAT (£48.00)

If you would like to book a place please complete and return the booking form to
Will outsourcing become the default over the next 5 years?
Managing the demands of running a law practice is challenging enough… but what happens when things get busy or unforeseen circumstances change your course?
Do you have a big enough team to back you up?
Does client care slip?
What about compliance?
Never mind managing in a pandemic!

The recent stamp duty holiday and subsequent heavy workload placed on conveyancers proves that without adequate resource you may be forced to turn down new instructions and decline opportunities for growth and let us not even talk about managing in a pandemic.

For those firms without a flexible support model, internal resources may be stretched to the point of breaking, especially when clients continue to relentlessly expect more, at a quicker rate and with no reduction in quality.

There is however, one route that we may all consider.

The Law Society of England and Wales state that ‘outsourcing is becoming an increasingly common aspect of legal service delivery’ but with so many misconceptions, individuals may not be aware of the many key advantages it has to offer:

Outsourcing provides a cost-effective, convenient solution to peaks and troughs in workload, meaning client care never suffers
It offers overflow cover without the overhead and expense needed to support full-time employees.
It allows your very well-trained internal staff to focus on ‘value added’ activities
It provides peace of mind that confidentiality and compliance is taken care of.
You may question their capability, and the difficulty they will have on understanding your own firm – but just reflect that your outsourcing partner will have laser focus on ensuring they are as efficient as possible, providing firms with high quality work that is tailored specifically to your own processes and procedures.

Finally, whilst every law firm is different and has its own unique culture it is imperative that you embark upon any new outsourcing partnership with a business that shares your values, as well as someone you will actually enjoy working with.

Many hundreds of top law firms have already overcome their initial reservations and are already using this flexibility to gain competitive advantage. With outsourcing becoming now proving very popular in many aspects of business and life, it seems inevitable that it will become the ‘new norm’ within law firms well before the next pandemic arrives.

Will you consider outsourcing for your business - pandemic or no pandemic?

Author: Nicola Gorgens, Document Direct.
Watch the Manchester Legal Awards

Did you miss the live stream? Want to see the reactions of the winners? Hear why the winners were chosen and the exciting work taking place in the Manchester Legal community?

You can watch the recording of the Manchester Legal Awards right here!