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28 January 2016
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News in brief 28th January 2016

Stark’s watching brief

ACL chairman-elect Iain Stark (pictured) is holding a “watching brief” as he prepares to retake the helm in May, he said this week. Mr Stark, who attended Monday’s Council meeting to start the hand-over process, said he was “very grateful” for members’ support.

He said he stood for election to complete the “unfinished business” of his first term in office. “Back in 2012, my goal was that we should grow as a profession,” Mr Stark said. “We need to reform and embrace change.”

Burcher Jennings expands again

Burcher Jennings has continued its expansion by opening an office in Truro, headed by new recruit draftsman Neil Lobb. Until recently, he worked for Johnson & Johnson and specialised in Children Act cases, other family-oriented work and high costs case plans, and has also handled Court of Protection and Mental Health Tribunal matters.

Burcher Jennings, which already has an office in Exeter, said in a statement: “This move is a further response to an increasing demand for specialist services in relation to costs, pricing and funding, and to ensure law firms in the West Country have even greater access to qualified professionals in this field.”

Student election reminder

A reminder to student members that nominations for election to the Student Council close at 4.30pm this Friday. Five of the nine positions on the council will soon become available due to existing members reaching the end of their terms.

Three of the five positions are reserved for Year 1 students, and the remaining two for other students.

The Student Council is responsible for representing the voice of the students regarding their own learning and student experience together with the wider remit of contributing to the future of the ACL by representing the student body on issues relating to education, public relations and policy.

For more details, see the email sent last week or contact


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