DASLS

About Us

We put DASLS members at the centre of all that we do.

The Team

We have a dedicated team of three who, with the support of the Officers, deal with the day to day business of the Society. They design and organise our services and between them are able to draw on significant resources to assist our members:

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Monique Bertoni, Administrator

Monique joined Devon & Exeter Incorporated Law Society on 2 October 1989.  As Administrative Secretary she had sole responsibility for the Society's Committees and Services. She was made Administrator in September 2000.  She graduated in 1981 from the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia in Applied Business Languages (English & Spanish). 

She looks after the President and the Main Committee as well a number of the Sub-Committees, Dinners, Newsletter and International events.

If you want to send her a gift - Champagne & slabs of dark chocolate will be appreciated.

 

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Tony Steiner, Executive Director

Tony first came to work for Devon & Exeter Incorporated Law Society at the end of 1994 and again in March 1995.  He came to help out for a few weeks as a Part-Time Administrative Assistant.  He graduated in 1994 from the University of Plymouth with a Degree in Law (LLB) and in 2013 from the University of Exeter with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

He looks after many of the commercial services including the recruitment agency provided by DASLS, he chairs the Education & Training Sub-Committee and supports the Practice Management Sub-Committee.

 

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Francesca Hobbs, Executive Assistant

Francesca joined DASLS in February 2017. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of St Mark & St John Plymouth. As well as supporting the training and other events she is the social media champion.

The Devon and Somerset Law Society
exists to work for the benefit of its members within its area. Click here for the DASLS leaflet

Its area covers all of Devon and Somerset (except Plymouth)

  • It is a professional forum for lawyers in both counties
  • It provides social functions,  e.g. Annual Dinners; President’s Lunch; Other informal events
  • It is a focus of communication for lawyers in the area: - to and from Chancery Lane;  between the Membership (Social Functions); Correspondence; Newsletters; Forums and Open Meetings
  • It represents the profession in the region and outside - e.g.to Local Government; to other professions; and Chancery Lane
  • It provides services for its members:   
                 
Cost effective CPD courses (responsive to your requests)
Employment Register
Annual Inter-Firm Surveys for Practice Management
Practice Management Fora and Conference
International Lawyer Network - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information
DASLS Meeting Room - available free for members during office hours
                  
  • It assists members who are in difficulty in their practice and facilitates the public communicating with the central regulating body if appropriate.
  • If you can think of any other services you would like DASLS to provide for the profession please ask us. If it can be done we will provide it.
The Devon and Somerset Law Society
provides its support for the profession in the area through a committee structure comprising:
 
Main Committee - Overarching policy and running of the Society

Vice President’s Committee - The Society’s Think Tank

Executive Committee - Day to day management of the Society

Education and Training Sub Committee - CPD accredited courses and seminars

International Relations Sub Committee - Thriving contacts with the Rennes Bar Association, the Erlangen Lawyers’ Association, the Young Bar of Leuven, the Verona Bar, the Gdansk Bar including a Foreign Lawyers’ Exchange Scheme.  The Society has been an active member of the Federation of European Bars since 1992.

Contentious Business Sub Committee - Court Liaison

Mediation Sub Committee - Promotion and training of mediation

Non Contentious Business Sub Committee - Land Registry, Conveyancing, Probate and Trusts

Practice Management Sub Committee - Encourages modern management techniques and equipment for all offices

Public Relations Sub Committee - Press, Radio, TV and liaison with Members of Parliament

Social Sub Committee - Arranges various local events for members, guests and families

In-House Lawyers’ Group – set up in October 2010 to look at issues specifically affecting members employed in-house.

Click here to access the Terms of Reference of the Committee and Sub-Committees

Our Values

  1. Members First
  2. Integrity in all we do
  3. Co-operate to Achieve
  4. Commitment to Equality & Diversity
  5. Environmental Awareness
  6. Responsibility to our Community

These values determine how we behave and the working environment we enjoy. These are demonstrated in our actions:

a.         Members First        

  • We seek to understand the needs of each Member, both as an individual and (where appropriate) as part of the firm for which he or she works
  • We will focus on their needs, every time they contact us or we contact them
  • We take every opportunity to build beneficial relationships
  • We re-think DASLS role, with Members at its centre
  • We look for fun in what we do

b.            Integrity in all we do

  • We will be open and honest
  • We treat others as you would like to be treated
  • We aim to give balanced, constructive feedback
  • We always observe confidentiality
  • We trust others

c.       Co-operate to Achieve 

  • We work together to achieve common goals
  • We share good ideas
  • Ask for and listen to the views of others
  • Recognise when others need help and offer them support
  • Celebrate success

d.            Commitment to Equality & Diversity

  • We will value fairness, equality and diversity in all its dealings, as a provider of services, an employer and a representative of the profession.
  • We are committed to eliminating discrimination on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, sexuality or social class.
  • We aim to provide accessible services, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual.
  • We aim to embed these values into every day practice, policies and procedures so that equality and diversity becomes the norm for all.

e.            Environmental Awareness

  • DASLS recognises the need to minimise its impact on the local, regional and global environment.
  • We will take any reasonable steps to achieve this
  • We will work with the Legal Sector Alliance to help DASLS members combat their own environmental impact.

f.             Responsibility to our Community

  • DASLS recognises that the Profession owes its existence to the communities that support it.
  • We acknowledge that many of its members give their time and expertise without personal gain.
  • We will seek to support practical initiatives that enhance the environment and communities in which it operates.

 

The Society was established in 1808 and incorporated in England as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1926 with registration number 213866.
 
Registered Office – Aston Court, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5AZ. VAT No: 141 338 689

 

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