Meet Lyn Lennox: An Outstanding Legal PA

Lyn Lennox (4).jpgAt SecsintheCity’s PA of the Year Awards 2017, there were two Legal PA winners. Meet Lyn Lennox, Legal PA at The Law Society and winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

How did you become a PA?

I studied a PA Diploma and A levels at college, after which I became a Legal Secretary at a major London law firm. After this role, I was lucky enough to be recruited as a PA to a Chairman of a London surveyors.

Stamp Duty: What Is It, and Why Do We Pay It?

Stamp Duty.jpegAfter the personal tax allowance and the duty on alcohol and tobacco, one of the most eagerly scrutinised elements of the UK Government’s Annual Budget Statement is Stamp Duty. More correctly known as Stamp Duty Land Tax, this is a levy that is of interest to anyone who is considering the purchase of a house.

What is Stamp Duty?

Digital Divorce and Other Electronic Developments

Divorce.jpgMore than 110,000 divorce proceedings were begun in 2015, but soon the bulk of divorces may take place over mobile phones and computers. The Government has continued with the digitisation of various legal processes across England and Wales, and this includes divorce proceeding. HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) piloted a scheme last year which enabled people to apply for a divorce online, print off the form and send it to court.

Share Your Experience at the Legal Skills Academy

University of Westminster.jpgThe University of Westminster’s Legal Skills Academy is a joint initiative between the career development centre and the Westminster Law School to increase employability of students entering the legal profession. We host events and workshops nearly every week during the semester at the Little Titchfield Street campus, with representatives from various law firms, organisations and companies leading the presentations.

Down but Not Out! To Uber or Not to Uber – That Is the Question (with apologies to Shakespeare!)

To many people (especially in London), it’s a no-brainer – you are flying off to somewhere nice and sunny from Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, loaded to the gunnels with everything you, your partner and the kids are going to need for the holiday you’ve been dreaming of for the past year. And so, you’re going to start as you intend to carry on – going by taxi! Now what would you rather pay for the luxury (or is it a necessity for the sake of your sanity?) – as much as a discounted package holiday to Spain all by itself or, say, £50?

Different Types of Rights in Land and How They Can Affect Us

If your studies with The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs have delved into the intricacies of land law, you will appreciate that there are a number of rights in land that can arise within our legal system. From the beneficial interests that flow from trusts in land to covenants and easements, there are myriad ways in which a particular piece of land may be burdened by another person’s right, and this article aims to look at these in turn.