The committee met on 6th May 1948. There was a detailed report from the April meeting of the Law Society in London where various matters were considered including panels for interviewing article clerks, free legal advice, undercutting, holding out, minimum scales of charges, and the preparation of contracts of sale by estate agents.
The committee was concerned to note that the Chesterfield representative had not attended meetings lately and that in view of Chesterfield’s importance in the county, someone from the town might want to be present at the meetings. A letter was to be written to Mr PB Mather informing him that the committee would be glad to see him at the next meeting.
On 29th of July 1948 the committee once more considered the lack of attendance by the Chesterfield representative. Mr Mather reported that he had been unable to attend meetings for some time because of difficulties in travelling the distance to the meetings in Derby. He offered his apologies and said that if he could obtain the necessary petrol coupons he would attend more regularly. [Still the days of rationing and we were still being asked to allocate food parcels received from Australia!!]
Likewise in 1948 it was resolved that because of catering difficulties, there would be no Annual Dinner.
The committee also considered an item raised by Mr Copestake on the question of publication by newspapers of wills. Examples were given of the upset and inconvenience caused either by incorrect or delayed publication. Mr Copestake thought that the publication of wills by newspapers was undesirable; its only purpose being to satisfy the morbid curiosity of a section of the public. It was agreed that a letter would be written to the Law Society on the subject to obtain their views.
On 14th December 1948 my grandfather Donald AS Cash was elected President for the ensuing year. Throughout this year the committee were dealing on a regular basis with problems relating to the minimum scales of fees for conveyancing and what was often described as unfair competition by firms undercutting the prescribed scales. A sale of a property at £1100 would produce a scale fee of £21 6s 8d.
At the December meeting Mr Timms explained that meetings had been held amongst Burton on Trent solicitors where they had expressed a wish to join one of the neighbouring law societies. It was proposed that Burton on Trent solicitors be invited to join this society.
At the first meeting in 1949 and the secretary was instructed to send the Burton on Trent solicitors forms of membership to join the Society together with undertakings to be completed by them to confirm that they would charge in conformity with the society’s scale in conveyancing matters!
It was also felt, that in due course, it might be appropriate to elect a Burton member to the committee.
There was also some further discussion of the early adoption, following Provincial Area Committees discussion, of a legal aid scheme. Particulars of which were agreed to be carried into Derbyshire. However, Mr Wilson remarked that Belper did not appear to have been allocated a session and after discussion it was very recommended to ask that Derby should give up one of the sessions to Belper.
Has it really only taken 70 years to get from that local care to the TLC of the LAA?