Its started raining, summer must be here!

The holiday season is a great time to recharge and spend time with family and friends. It helps remind us what’s really important in our lives. It’s also a chance to pause, and take stock, before that back to school feeling rears its head...... closely followed by the run into Christmas.

I’m looking forward to heading off on 4th August for a holiday with my family (although they may not be so keen!). I have been reflecting on how much has happened in the year since the Do Lectures and have been looking forward to what’s on the horizon.

Life is such a great cycle (not just my mad bike ride either). I am delighted to welcome baby Elodie as Carbon’s newest acquisition, congratulations Steff and Matt. Very best wishes also to Lauren as she heads off on maternity leave too. We look forward to seeing lots of baby photos - good luck Lozza!

My suitcase packing beckons, knotted hankies and knitted trunks at the ready….See you all soon.



As you know, since November 2016 you have not needed to count CPD hours. Instead you now need to be reflective on the quality of your practice and address any learning and development needs that you have. This should be carried out on an ongoing basis with information being recorded on our Training and Development Portal.

In order for your practising certificate to be renewed with the SRA, Michael as COLP, has to answer the following question on your behalf.

Has the individual reflected on their practice and addressed any identified learning and development needs in the year to 31 October 2017?

You would need to answer 'YES' to this question for a certificate to be issued . To get to 'YES' you must have completed your own Continuing Competence Review via the Platform. Then you will need to send an e-mail declaration to confirm that this has been done.

I look forward to receiving your confirmation e-mails.



Back in May at the Annual Partner Meeting we unveiled the MI Dashboards. Now most of you will have had your individual session with Joc to review how this works and how it will help you to build your practice.

We hope that you are finding the Dashboard easy to use. As always, we are on hand to answer any questions that you have.

We are pleased to report the major technology projects also outlined at the Annual Partner Meeting are gathering pace and we will be updating you on their progress soon. Rob.


Beckie Cobb has come up with a date for Pitch Training. The first workshop will take place in Cardiff or Bristol on 28th September. Please let Judith know by 8th August if you would like to attend. We will then arrange the venue according to where the majority of attendees are based. Thank you Beckie. Also thanks all for taking time out for the Flourish Meetings. We hope that you found them as helpful and thought provoking as we did. As you know we are recruiting a Head of Business Development. We have met some great people and things are progressing. We will keep you posted. Michael, Owain and Linda.


On August 17th we welcome Jamie Pheasant to the Carbon Team. You had the pleasure of meeting Jamie at the Carbon Annual Partner Meeting so most of you are familiar with what he does but just to re-cap:

Jamie will be part of the Bristol Team. He is a commercial litigator of 13 years pqe. His experience lies in international dispute resolution. This includes arbitration, expert determinations, mediation and regulatory/disciplinary hearings across a wide range of industry sectors. He has particular specialist expertise in sports, competition and major commercial project disputes.

James Sayer will then be joining us on 1st September. James has over 20 years’ experience specialising in commercial property, both in the UK and in Australia. He has focused on commercial real estate and related investment management. Prior to establishing his own law firm in Oz (LDSA Law), James was Assistant General Counsel for Lend Lease's investment management business, responsible for the legal work arising out of Lend Lease's Australian c.$16bn commercial real estate portfolio.

James will also be part of the Bristol Team and will be using Carbon as his platform to build a new commercial property business in the UK.

We are sure you will join all of us from the Hub in welcoming Jamie and James to the Carbon Team.



Miles has brought some fantastic new skills to the Brand and Communications Team. We have been able to focus more on our Social Media Streams. I am sure you will have noticed the increase in activity on Twitter and LinkedIn. We also have some fabulous Carbon branded visuals going out on these too.

We are pleased to report that over the last month everything social has been on the rise.

TWITTER - across all our Twitter feeds

Followers: 8.4% increase Impressions: 703% increase LINKEDIN - Carbon Page

Followers: 6.1% increase

So please, when you can, re-tweet and share from your own feeds – it really helps spread the word about Carbon and helps us to engage with new people, businesses and clients. Coming up

We will be revamping our Twitter How to Guide and this should be landing with you in September. And in the Autumn we will be launching the The Carbon Facebook Page.

Please, get tweeting and sharing.



This section is where we keep you updated on areas that affect you from a quality and compliance perspective. We will include updates on changes in regulations, what we are doing about it and what it means for you.

This month there are 2 major developments which we need to inform you about. You may have already seen these mentioned in the legal press.

4th EU Money Laundering Directive

The new regulations came into force on 26 June 2017 and replace the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. The introduction of the Regulations have been known about for a while but the snap election meant a delay in getting this to a fully enacted piece of legislation.....PLEASE READ ON

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) The new Regulations come into force on 25 May 2018 and will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998. The Information Commissioner has published a 12-step plan for firms to use so they can ensure they are compliant by the implementation date; these steps cover....PLEASE READ ON

Business Quality Team.