The Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) has published for consultation a revised version of its draft rules. The new rules reduce the timeframe it had originally proposed for clients to bring a complaint, in response to concerns from solicitors. Under the new plans, complainants will have to notify the OLC of their complaint within one year of the act or omission in question, rather than the six years originally proposed. Alternatively, they can make the complaint one year after the point at which they should reasonably have known there was a cause for complaint, rather than three years, as initially put forward. The OLC may extend the time limits in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Solicitors had raised concerns that the longer timeframes would present practical difficulties and evidence would no longer be available. However, the new proposal will still double the six-month time limits currently in place at the Legal Complaints Service. Law firms will be liable to pay a flat fee to the OLC for the resolution of complaints, unless it is satisfied not only that the complaint has been resolved in favour of the lawyer, but also that the lawyer took all reasonable steps to resolve the complaint. The OLC said that, while solicitors opposed this second requirement, it is set in statute and cannot be dropped. The amount of the fee will be subject to a separate consultation. The OLC is expected to replace the current Legal Complaints Service next year, though it is not yet clear if it will take over existing complaints.
October 22, 2015 GOLFSTAT RANKINGSINDIANAPOLIS – The University of West Florida men’s golf team ranks second in NCAA Division II according to Golfstat’s rankings released earlier on Thursday. The ranking marks as the highest spot since the 2007-2008 academic year and is the third year in UWF men’s golf history that the team has earned the No. 2 spot. The 2007-2008 season is the last year West Florida won the NCAA Division II National Championship. West Florida only trails No. 1 Saint Leo in the poll. UWF has claimed two titles this year, taking the top spot at the Jay Jennison Memorial and the Patriot Intercollegiate. The UWF men’s golf team is one of five NCAA Division II programs to win two tournamentsin the 2015-16 school year. The Argos also claimed a runner-up position at the Guy Harvey Invitational on Oct. 13. Individual rankings are led by sophomores Henry Westmoreland (Wacissa, Fla./Florida State University School) and Chandler Blanchet (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz HS) who are ranked 14th and 16th in the nation, respectively. Westmoreland claimed the first overall spot at West Florida’s first tournament of the year, the Jay Jennison Memorial, and owns a 71 stroke average through the team’s first nine rounds. Westmoreland is ranked as the 11th best player in the South Region in addition to his national ranking. Blanchet has finished in the top 15 in all three of UWF’s tournaments this fall, highlighted by his effort at the Guy Harvey Invitational where he finished in a tie for third. Blanchet ranks as the eighth best player in the South Region and has posted a 72 stroke average through his first three tournaments. West Florida men’s golf resumes action on Oct. 26-27, when it heads to Orlando, Florida to partake in the McDonough Cup hosted by Rollins University at Rio Pinar Country Club. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version