We offer a Full Programme of Training for Doncaster Lawyers which offers key Professional Training taking place in the Doncaster Area for the convenience of our members . Non-members can access the courses but for an additional fee .

However joining the Society couldn’t be easier and you can do so at a discounted rate via this site or in writing – see the join us page for more information .

All courses carry 2 CPD points unless stated otherwise.

2 hour and 1.5 hour courses will include coffee/tea on arrival.Full day courses will include 2 breaks for coffee/tea and will include lunch.

In all instances courses will begin with registration 30 minutes prior to the start of a course, i.e., when a course is scheduled to start at 3.00 pm, registration will be at 2.30 pm,for courses starting at 4.15 pm registration will be at 3.45 pm and for courses starting at 9.30am registration will be at 9.00 am.

Companies will be notified directly of any changes/updates to the above programme with amendments also being posted on the Doncaster & District Law Society website.

A flyer with full information will be sent out to all companies one month prior to a course taking place and full details will also be posted on the Law Society website.If, in the meantime, you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us .

Venues: Offices of Atherton Godfrey

Cost: 2 hour Lectures are FREE for Solicitor Members of DDLS, Legal Executives and Trainee Solicitors and £25 for Solicitor non members of DDLS.

Courses longer than 2 Hours will have a specific course price which will be heavily discounted for members .


 Forthcoming Courses

DDLS Training Schedule


Employment Law


15 March 2017 (3pm – 5pm) – Employment Law Update by Robert Clark, Josephine Chu and Matthew Parkinson from Bank House Chambers


Topical issues in Employment Law including the following:-


–          The relevance of past & passed warnings on unfair dismissal.

–          Worker status – the next big thing?

–          Fees.  Where are we now?

–          Some recent developments in practice including Injury to feelings, Costs, Validity of rule 12 (strike out without hearing)

–          Predictions for 2017 including tribunal reform.


Networking Tips


13 April 2017 (2.30pm – 4pm) – Networking tips by Lawrence Steingold from Action Coach



Compliance Training


4 May 2017 (2pm – 4pm) – Cost Effective Compliance Management for Small Law Firms by David Gilmore from DG Legal


An insightful seminar, providing practical advice on managing the compliance of your firm effectively and efficiently, to save fee earners’ time spent each month on compliance related activities.


Smaller firms often feel the burden of compliance management and get lost in the detail of regulatory requirements, resulting in fee earners spending unnecessary time on areas that do not require a focus or that can be appropriately streamlined.


The seminar will explain;


  • How to ensure that the system works for your firm and not the other way round
  • What you must cover and what is unnecessary to stay compliant
  • Overview of compliance systems (manual, spreadsheets, software)
  • How to get your monthly compliance checks completed in 10 minutes
  • Preview of the new Code of Conduct


Providing real-life, practical examples, David will demonstrate how to focus on a compliance framework that allows firms to operate effectively and efficiently, allowing more time for solicitors to fee earn.


Personal Injury


18 May 2017 (11am – 12pm) – Video surveillance analysis for high value personal injury claims by Jeff Simm at Dontbewatched Ltd


Dontbewatched Ltd are regularly called as expert witnesses to give opinion on contested third party gathered video evidence that is being presented in Court.  Our detailed examination of the evidence has revealed manipulation of film, selective filming methods, biased editing, human rights breaches, trespass, intrusion and other non-permissible conduct.


The use of surveillance to prove or disprove honesty; Jeffrey Simm, expert surveillance operative from


*   An industry insight into how the world of surveillance works

*   The benefits and the pitfalls

*   What to look for when video evidence is received

*   Fundamental dishonesty (Claimants)

*   Fundamental dishonesty (Surveillance Operatives)

*   Landmark ruling Samson v ali

*   Landmark ruling Hayden v NHS



Public Law


8 June 2017 – (10am – 11.30am) – Public Law for Private Law Practitioners by Angela Sandhal from Atherton Godfrey


Angela Sandhal, public law and judicial review solicitor, will provide a short overview of some of the overlapping public law issues that can arise in other cases and how to deal with them.

  • Short Introduction to Judicial Review
  • Special Educational Needs Appeals
  • Care Home Fees: Financial Contributions and Fully Funded Continuing Healthcare
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005/Court of Protection Proceedings for welfare disputes
  • HRA Claims in Public Law Care Proceedings
  • Planning Appeals and Judicial Review for Property Lawyers