Touchstone confirms gas discovery onshore Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgThe first stage of well testing produced a total of 28.6 million cubic feet of gas (4,770 barrels of oil equivalent) and 680 barrels of natural gas liquids Touchstone has announced significant oil discovery at Cascadura. (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Touchstone Exploration has confirmed significant liquids-rich gas discovery following the flowback testing of the first stage of the Cascadura-1ST1 exploratory well in the onshore Ortoire exploration block in Trinidad and Tobago.Touchstone is the operator of the exploratory well and owns 80% working interest while Heritage Petroleum owns the remaining 20% working interest.Results of the Cascadura-1ST1 exploratory wellTouchstone stated that the average flowback rate for the well during the final 14-hour test period was 5,180 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed). This included 26.9 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas and 694 barrels per day (bpd) of natural gas liquids.Cascadura’s peak flowback rate came in at 5,736 boed, including 30.2 MMcf/d of natural gas and 710 bpd of natural gas liquids.The first stage of well testing produced a total of 28.6 million cubic feet of gas ((4,770 barrels of oil equivalent) and 680 barrels of natural gas liquids.Touchstone stated that the field analysis indicated liquids rich gas with no hydrogen sulfide and no produced water.The well is anticipated to be shut-in for a two-week pressure build-up test, following which the company expects completing and testing an additional 450 feet of identified pay.Touchstone president and CEO Paul Baay said: “The Cascadura production test results represent a dramatic change for Touchstone, as it confirms the monumental resource potential of the Ortoire exploration block following the earlier success of our Coho-1 well.“Furthermore, the test results are only attributable to the lower most portion of the well, and with 450 feet of contiguous sand to be tested, the full potential of the structure is yet to be defined.“To put these results in context, our average daily oil production for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was 1,729 bbls/d.“The modelling from the final test results at Coho-1 supports initial gross production rates between 10 to 12 MMcf/d per day (approximately 1,667 to 2,000 boe/d) with Cascadura now set to provide a further step change.”Last December, Touchstone Exploration made a crude oil discovery following the drilling of the Cascadura-1ST1 exploratory well in the onshore Ortoire exploration block in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Costa ethic

first_imgCosta Coffee is to source its entire coffee supply from sustainable farms.From September 2008, at least 30% of the coffee used in Costa’s Mocha Italia blend – which forms the base of its coffee drinks – will come from Rainforest Alliance certified sources. It will then gradually work towards a 100% sustainable sourcing policy.Costa’s marketing director David Hutchinson said: “We know it will take time to convert our supply base to certified sustainable sources, but we believe it’s an investment that is right for our business, right for the coffee industry as a whole and a journey our customers will want to be part of.”Farms must meet rigorous standards to gain Rainforest Alliance accreditation, including reducing pesticide use, improving worker safety and protecting forests and soil.The Rainforest Alliance is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation that works to ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.last_img read more

Goshen Mayor preparing for coronavirus

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – March 11, 2020 10 527 Source: Mayor Jeremy Stutsman for Goshen Facebook Page You can add Goshen to the list of area cities that are proactively taking steps to handle coronavirus for when it shows up.Mayor Jeremy Stutsman issued a statement shortly after the case in Noble County was announced this week. In it he stated that the city has been working with the Elkhart County Health Department, Goshen Health and other officials to make sure they are ready.He also outlined immediate action they are taking; like establishing a group of staff that will be responsible for coordinating efforts across the community, convening a meeting with pertinent education and community officials, and posting any updates from the CDC, state board of health, or the county health department on their website.You can read a detailed report here with The Goshen News Goshen Mayor preparing for coronavirus Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleReport: Cable bills now higher than all utilities, combinedNext articleIndiana AG says state agencies can’t use non-binary marker Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Press release: Top construction firms appointed to build new PHE site in Harlow

first_img VolkerFitzpatrick is a multi-disciplinary contractor working in the civil engineering, building, rail, waste and energy infrastructure sectors. The head office is at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire just eight miles from the PHE Harlow site. Founded in 1921, the company has grown to become one of the top contractors in the UK. VolkerFitzpatrick constructed a third berth at the UK’s new deep-sea hub port, 25 miles from central London at Stanford-le-Hope and was appointed by Siemens to design, build and commission two train care depots in Hornsey, north London and Three Bridges near Crawley, West Sussex. VolkerFitzpatrick is part of VolkerWessels UK, a multi-disciplinary construction and civil engineering group. lot 1 – new build of specialist bioscience laboratory building – Kier Group lot 2 – refurbishment of main building, including laboratories and offices – Wates Construction lot 3 – arrivals, administration and logistics buildings – Wates Construction lot 4 – site-wide infrastructure, external works and energy centre – VolkerFitzpatrick (Royal VolkerWessels) The appointment of all 3 contractors provides a boost to local employment – particularly in the case of VolkerFitzpatrick, whose head office is located in the neighbouring town of Hoddesdon.The next steps will see the contractors working with the existing design teams and preparing the site for major construction. This is planned to start in 2019, with phased occupation starting in 2021.PHE Harlow, as the campus will be known, is expected to employ up to 2,750 people by 2024, with scope for further expansion.Facilities from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in north London, as well as PHE’s central London headquarters, will be relocated to the single centre of excellence for public health research, health improvement and protection.The campus is critical to the future of PHE, ensuring we will be able to use the latest scientific advances to deliver our world-leading science and evidence for issues such as smoking, alcohol, diabetes, dementia, infectious diseases, environmental hazards and climate change nationally and internationally.Richard Gleave, PHE Deputy Chief Executive, said: The campus will allow PHE to fully embrace the new technologies of whole genome sequencing, public health interventions and ‘big data’ and transform the delivery of public health science for many years to come. Whole genome sequencing is the mapping of a person’s unique DNA and enables more accurate, sophisticated and cost-effective genetic testing. Email [email protected] Background This £160 million project is another significant award for Kier in bioscience, building on our track record as a specialist delivery partner in the sector with projects including biomedical research facilities for the University of Cambridge with Project Capella and the Sainsbury laboratory as well as the state-of-the-art Derriford Research Facility for Plymouth University. We’re looking forward to providing a state-of-the-art facility which will help Public Health England to keep improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. Three of the UK’s leading construction companies have been chosen to create Public Health England’s (PHE) new state-of-the-art public health science campus and headquarters at Harlow, Essex.They have been selected for the 4 key elements of the £400 million capital spend programme to create the campus. This includes building and refurbishing new and existing laboratories and office areas; construction of a new arrivals area and logistics centre; and site-wide infrastructure including car parking.The appointments, creating thousands of construction-related jobs, sees the end of an 18-month procurement process, with work expected to start next month.The successful companies bid for 4 lots: Matthew Cooper We are delighted to be working with PHE on such a forward-thinking project. The new public health science campus will support the growth of the local area and we are looking forward to starting work on this exciting opportunity. Kier Group plc is a leading property, residential, construction and services group which operates across a range of sectors including science, defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities. Among the schemes it has been involved in, the most relevant are Project Capella, a large biomedical research facility, and the Sainsbury Laboratory both in Cambridge. PHE Harlow will play a pivotal role in improving public health, providing state-of-the-art facilities for industry-leading scientists and doctors to address some of the most pressing medical and environmental challenges the world is currently facing. It is therefore a particular privilege for Wates to be awarded 2 of the 4 lots. It is also a huge responsibility, and over the next year we will be working closely with PHE and other partners as we prepare to start on site in early 2019.center_img Direct line 0207 654 8069 PHE submitted an Outline Business Case to government in July 2014. An interim decision was taken in September 2015 to move the majority of PHE functions from Porton to Harlow. In November 2015 the government supported a further proposal to move PHE science facilities at Colindale to Harlow to create a single integrated campus. The government has committed £400 million capital investment for the project. Richard Offord, Managing Director of VolkerFitzpatrick said: Nigel Brook, Kier Group Executive Director, Construction and Infrastructure Services, said: Wates Construction has a long track record across both the public and private sectors and has worked on projects across a variety of areas, including education, commercial, heritage, local authority frameworks and mixed-use. These have included the delivery of major projects for both the Pirbright Institute in Surrey and the Quadram Institute in Norwich. Today’s announcement comes less than 3 weeks after PHE was granted outline planning permission by Harlow District Council to create its centre of national and international scientific expertise. Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health. Twitter: @PHE_uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland. PHE is delighted to have secured 3 of the leading construction companies in the UK to deliver what will be a world-leading national and international resource. Much of the work to create PHE Harlow is highly specialised so it’s especially pleasing to have secured 3 of the best companies in their fields to deliver that work. This is yet another milestone for PHE and we can now look forward to the chosen contractors coming on board and bringing their considerable wealth of experience and skills to our programme. We are also delighted at the very significant opportunities that the construction of PHE Harlow will offer in the surrounding area. Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented: It is hoped the public health science campus will be fully operational by 2024, with the first building work expected to start in 2019 and a phased occupation from 2021.last_img read more

Press release: Winning design for 2015 Sousse and Bardo Memorial announced

first_imgCllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: It is wonderful and overwhelming to be chosen to design this memorial. We put the families and their experiences very much at the heart of this concept and didn’t want to gloss over the immense pain they have been and continue to go through. We came up with ‘Infinite Wave’ to show how time stood still for victims on the day of the attacks and designed the surrounding landscape as a series of ripples. The ripples represent the impact that the events in Tunisia in 2015 had beyond those that lost their lives. They represent the survivors, the families of the victims, the local communities, the national heartache and the global loss. Chair of the Creative Panel, Mark Castle, CEO, Victim Support, said: The ‘Infinite Wave’ by London and Gloucester-based George King Architects has been selected as the design for the memorial dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives, and to all of those affected by the 2 terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.An independent panel shortlisted 7 designs from 19 entries, and chose ‘Infinite Wave’ following consultation with family members of those affected by the 2 attacks.As announced last year, the sculpture will be located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, and construction is due to be completed later on this year.The panel selected ‘Infinite Wave’ due to its beautiful flow and clever use of the natural environment, as well as positive feedback from family members.Announcing the winning design, Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for North Africa, Alistair Burt said: The panel were only too aware of the significant responsibility to find a design that is not only stunning to look at, but also one that families can connect with. We knew going into this process that we had a difficult task but the on-line design consultation with families revealed that George King’s concept resonated with many people affected by these terrible events. I think the appeal is not only because of the beautiful flow of the sculpture, and its clever use of the natural environment, but because the single tube of steel in George King’s concept shows how the people affected by these terrible events are intrinsically linked. For those who lost loved ones or witnessed the horrendous terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, resulting in 31 Britons being killed, their lives have never been the same since because of these cowardly acts of terror. I know several families have tried to ensure something good comes out of these terrible events, such as raising money for charity, or improving awareness of extremism in their community and they should be commended for their positivity. I hope that ‘Infinite Wave’ with its beautiful surroundings in Cannon Hill Park, will provide a focal point of tranquillity for families to reflect and remember their loved ones.center_img George King, Principal of George King Architects said: I chose the infinity design because to me it represents never ending loss and pain of losing 3 generations of my family. My son Joel was just 19, my brother Adrian at 49, and my dad Pat, 79. It also represents our never ending love and beautiful memories we treasure. Suzy Richards, who lost 3 members of her family in the attack said: I am pleased that the memory of those involved in these tragic events will be remembered in such a thoughtful way in Cannon Hill Park. This is an important memorial and we believe the designers have paid respect to the beautiful park and that the successful design ‘Infinite Wave’, will enhance the natural environment. We hope that, as well as providing a place of reflection for all of those affected by these horrific events, the site will also be appreciated and used by more regular park visitors.last_img read more

Press release: Defence is important for Welsh prosperity, independent review concludes

first_imgDefence makes a huge contribution across all regions of the UK whether as a major employer, a large investor or as a hub for local communities. Defence is the third largest landowner in the country with 220,000 hectares often benefiting remote and rural communities.The report reveals that around 500,000 people support defence across the UK. It outlines that the UK’s defence industry is one of the world’s strongest with an annual turnover of £22 billion supporting 260,000 jobs, many of which are highly skilled and well-paid. Most importantly, he acknowledges that defence is a major contributor to the nation’s skills and one of the largest employer of apprentices with over 25,500 currently enrolled.Dunne also acknowledges that, in addition to the MOD budget of almost £37 billion, defence’s direct contribution to GDP features over £7 billion of exports generated each year on average. Just recently a shipbuilding contract worth up to £20 billion was signed between BAE Systems and the Australian government for British-designed Type 26 frigates – the biggest Naval defence contract for a decade.Defence’s relationship as a customer and industrial partner with many high growth sectors in the economy generates more activity, particularly in the aerospace, space, cyber, and increasingly the knowledge economy and creative sectors.Defence is also driving investment in British industry through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which was launched last year to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country. The MOD is also set to launch a Combat Air Strategy to ensure Britain maintains a world-leading combat air capability.The MOD will now consider the findings of Philip Dunne’s report as work continues on the MDP.ENDS The review was commissioned by the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson after he launched the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) to strengthen the Armed Forces in the face of intensifying threats, alongside the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.The independent review of defence’s contribution to national economic and social value by Philip Dunne looks right across the Armed Forces and industry to provide an in-depth picture to inform proposals for reform into the MDP.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Philip Dunne’s review shows how vital defence is, not only protecting us from global dangers and safeguarding our national prosperity, but also to our economy by creating thousands of specialist and highly-skilled jobs and creating billions in exports. He paints a clear picture of how defence and defence industry reaches every corner of the UK and is central to employment in so many cities and towns. He lays down some key challenges to consider as our Modernising Defence Programme continues to ensure defence is the best it can be in a post-Brexit Britain. Former Defence Minister Philip Dunne has today released a wide-ranging report which highlights the integral role of defence to British prosperity. It says defence invests £945 million in Welsh industry Wales benefits from MOD expenditure of £300 per person each year Defence supports over 6,000 industry jobs Philip Dunne said: I am pleased to have been able to undertake this review and am grateful for the help of all those in and outside the Department who have contributed. This is the first time for some years that an independent report has sought to look at the whole impact of Defence on the UK economy, its devolved nations and regions in England. Defence has made a number of important steps in meeting its prosperity objective. It makes a major contribution to our economic well-being, with 500,000 people working directly and indirectly in Defence and over 25,500 apprentices developing skills. In several local communities Defence is one of the leading providers of high skilled jobs. But there is more that can be done as Defence has to adapt to rapidly evolving technological threats, so too should it seize the opportunities to adapt and improve its own processes to help meet the challenges of the high-tech defence future. I look forward to seeing how the MOD responds to this report and have confirmed to the Defence Secretary that I am willing to revisit in some months’ time how the Department has considered and where it has decided to implement these ideas. The report also includes a number of recommendations for review, including: further research into the impact of significant procurements on national prosperity; building on the strong relationships with industry suppliers; and considering how the UK’s world-leading institutions could be given greater entrepreneurial freedoms.Wales plays an important role in UK Defence providing over 3,000 regulars and reserves to the Armed Forces, supporting over 6,000 industry jobs and is renowned for its vast training areas which enable the British Army and RAF to perfect their skills to ensure they maintain their military edge over adversaries.The country benefits from MOD expenditure of £300 per person each year and a huge investment in local industry and commerce of £945 million. The largest MOD industry group expenditure in the nation is with weapons and ammunition totalling £246 million. Key suppliers include Airbus, General Dynamics, GE Aviation, QinetiQ and RaytheonWales features some of the most important national defence infrastructure by creating future Army leaders at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon, securing the UK’s reputation as a leading global air power with its fast jet pilot training at RAF Valley and of course, the pride of having the second of the Royal Navy’s cutting-edge aircraft carriers named HMS Prince of Wales.Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: Wales has a proud and historic relationship with our Armed Forces which is clearly demonstrated in the Dunne Review. For centuries, the Welsh have supplied cutting-edge military hardware, world-leading training facilities and some of the finest men and women in our military. I want to see every single aspect of Wales’ contribution to Defence expand and develop in the coming years to the benefit of our Armed Forces and our nation. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: Today’s review shows the valuable impact of the defence sector both to our security, but also to the Welsh economy, supporting thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment across the country. Last month’s Armed Forces Day in Llandudno was a proud display of Wales’ military association, and I’ve witnessed first hand the incredible spirit of our Welsh Guards on the ground in Afghanistan. The UK Government is working hard to ensure that defence continues to play a crucial part in the fabric of Wales’ communities and national economy.last_img read more

Nieman Foundation awards Worth Bingham Prize to Raquel Rutledge

first_imgRaquel Rutledge, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been chosen as winner of the Nieman Foundation’s Worth Bingham Prize, awarded annually to honor investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served.Her yearlong series, “Cashing in on Kids,” single handedly exposed massive fraud in Wisconsin’s taxpayer-subsidized child-care program and ultimately led to criminal probes, indictments, and new laws designed to strengthen supervision of the failed system. In the course of her reporting, she identified hundreds of providers with criminal records and helped uncover more than $20 million in suspicious payments to child-care providers.Rutledge will receive a $20,000 prize at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard on March 4 at a dinner and award ceremony in honor of journalist Worth Bingham ’54, a Harvard graduate who died tragically at the age of 34, after achieving prominence as an investigative journalist. His family and friends created the prize in his memory. It has been given annually since 1967 to recognize stories that expose an “atmosphere of easy tolerance,” similar to what Bingham himself once described in his reporting on the nation’s capital.To read more, visit the Neiman Foundation Web site.last_img read more

Flavor of Georgia

first_imgFinalists and winners participate in a number of high-profile industry showcases throughout the year following each year’s contest, including the Georgia Grown Symposium, the Georgia National Fair and showcase days at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. They also receive industry feedback and use of the “Flavor of Georgia finalist” logo for their product’s packaging. The contest will celebrate its 10th year in 2016. Over the years the artisan food-makers who have participated in the contest have generated an economic impact of $27.9 million, according to study released by the center this August. “Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, a UGA food business development specialist and the contest’s coordinator. “It’s also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.” Food marketing experts, grocery buyers, chefs and Georgia agricultural experts will judge each product based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities and commercial appeal. Contest finalists will be invited to participate in the final round of judging and a public tasting March 14-15 as part of the Governor’s Agricultural Awareness Day in Atlanta. From cheeses to chutneys, craft chocolate to chorizo, the annual Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest—hosted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development—celebrates Georgians’ creativity and craftsmanship by highlighting the best value-added products in the state. center_img Follow @Flavor_of_GA on Twitter for updates. For more information or to register, see flavorofgeorgia.com or call 706-583-0347. Registration for the 2016 contest will start in November. Product categories include barbecue sauces; beverages; confections; dairy products; jams and jellies; marinades and sauces; meat and seafood; salsas, chutneys and condiments; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual can submit. To help celebrate this 10-year milestone, Flavor of Georgia organizers will host a showcase at the Taste of Atlanta, Sept. 25-27 in midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square. More than 70 percent of finalists in the Flavor of Georgia contest have reported seeing increased interest in their products following the contest, and many others benefitted from increased sales, profits, publicity and website traffic, she said. Some also indicated an increase in full- and part-time employees. last_img read more

SOCSOUTH Teams Support Fishermen Program and MEDCAP in Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2013 In total, 233 residents attended and 88 boats were registered. The Dominican Navy will continue to check on the fishermen on Isla Beata and Cabo Rojo to ensure they have the registration and safety kits on their boats. The Dominican Navy also plans on conducting more boat registrations in the future in order to help more fishermen and to maintain a strong bond between the community and the Dominican Navy. As the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command, SOCSOUTH, based in Homestead, Florida, is responsible for all special operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Through the command’s Theater Security Cooperation Program, special operations Soldiers work closely with their partner nation counterparts for better protection of their borders and to increase their capacity to conduct civic action programs such as the MEDCAPs. For his part, U.S. Army Capt. Greg Metellus, CA Team leader, 478th CA Battalion, said, “The ultimate goal is for the fishermen to see the Dominican Navy as their ally and for them to feel comfortable reporting suspicious activities to Navy personnel. The Navy can’t be everywhere all the time, and they are eager to collaborate with the fishermen who know the area.” Isla Beata is a tiny island off the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic where a small community of fishermen often work for weeks at a time while living on the mainland. The Dominican Navy, which has a small base there, became aware of the fishermen’s concerns, ranging from health to environmental issues, thus leading the Dominican Navy to want to form a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Attendees were able to register their boats at no cost and get their boats painted orange to make them easier to spot if in distress, as well as be recognized as registered vessels. “This was a good idea,” said Bienvenido Urbaez, the mayor of “La Cueva de Cabo Rojo” and a fisherman of 44 years. “We need to be represented, and this project helps the community.” center_img Pristine blue waters, sandy beaches and palm trees were the backdrop for a Dominican-led two-day Civil-Military Operation event in the province of Pedernales, Dominican Republic, on June 6 and 7. These events kicked off a campaign called Costas Seguras (Safe Coasts) in Isla Beata and Cabo Rojo, which included a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) and boat registration for local fishermen and their families. Dominican officials have acknowledged these areas to be susceptible to drug trafficking organizations, which make the fisherman vulnerable to illicit activities. At the end of each day, attendees received a bag of non-perishable food supplies, while the fishermen received their certificates of registration along with a first aid kit for their boats. “We want the fishermen to know that they are important and that they will get assistance from us,” said Dominican Navy Cmdr. Feliciano Perez Carvajal, director of Plans and Operations. “We want them to know that they can rely on the Navy and we want them to have confidence in us.” Members of the Civil Affairs Team, 478th CA Battalion and Military Information Support Team, 1st Military Information Support Operations Battalion, who was in support of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), assisted the Dominican Republic Navy in the planning and concept development process, and were there to advise and assist. The two-day event provided much needed medical and social services to the fishermen and their families. Another MEDCAP and boat registration took place on the second day in the city of Cabo Rojo, Pedernales Province, on the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic. At both locations, MEDCAPs were conducted by the Dominican Navy and non-governmental organizations which facilitated discussion groups on maritime security/safety and services such as medical consultations, dental hygiene and pharmaceuticals for the fishermen and their families. last_img read more

Unbundled legal services rules

first_img November 1, 2002 COUNSEL Notices Unbundled legal services rules By administrative order AOSC00-5, dated February 28, 2000, the Supreme Court directed The Florida Bar to study the possible need for a lawyer to engage in limited representation (also referred to as discrete representation or unbundled legal services). On March 13 the court requested that the Bar propose amendments to the Rules of Professional Responsibility and the Family Law Rules of Procedure to address unbundled legal services both out of court and within the context of a family law proceeding in court. Following the court’s request, Past President Terrence Russell appointed the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II (hereinafter “the committee”). The committee has submitted to the court its report and proposed rule amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Family Law Rules of Procedure. This is a republication of the proposals.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before December 2, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Adele I. Stone, 1946 Tyler Street, Hollywood 33020-4517, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, scheduled in this case for February 5, 2003. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette.The Florida Bar shall file with the Clerk of this Court within 10 days from the date of this order all comments received by the Bar as part of its study of this issue. The Clerk shall post those comments, if any, within five days of receipt from the Bar on the court’s Web site. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, CASE NO. SC02-2035 RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR RULE 4-1.2 OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION (a) Lawyer to Abide by Client’s Decisions. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation, subject to subdivisions (c), (d), and (e), and shall consult with the client as to the means by which they are to be pursued. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to make or accept an offer of settlement of a matter. In a criminal case, the lawyer shall abide by the client’s decision, after consultation with the lawyer, as to a plea to be entered, whether to waive jury trial, and whether the client will testify. (b) No Endorsement of Client’s Views or Activities. A lawyer’s representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an endorsement of the client’s political, economic, social, or moral views or activities. (c) Limitation of Objectives and Scope of Representation. If not prohibited by law or rule, a A lawyer and client may agree to limit the objectives or scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client consents in writing after consultation. If the attorney and client agree to limit the scope of the representation, the lawyer shall advise the client regarding applicability of the rule prohibiting communication with a represented person. (d) Criminal or Fraudulent Conduct. A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is criminal or fraudulent. However, a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning, or application of the law. (e) Limitation on Lawyer’s Conduct. When a lawyer knows or reasonably should know that a client expects assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or by law, the lawyer shall consult with the client regarding the relevant limitations on the lawyer’s conduct. Comment Scope Objectives of representation Both lawyer and client have authority and responsibility in the objectives and means of representation. The client has ultimate authority to determine the purposes to be served by legal representation, within the limits imposed by law and the lawyer’s professional obligations. Within those limits, a client also has a right to consult with the lawyer about the means to be used in pursuing those objectives. At the same time, a lawyer is not required to pursue objectives or employ means simply because a client may wish that the lawyer do so. A clear distinction between objectives and means sometimes cannot be drawn, and in many cases the client-lawyer relationship partakes of a joint undertaking. In questions of means, the lawyer should assume responsibility for technical and legal tactical issues but should defer to the client regarding such questions as the expense to be incurred and concern for third persons who might be adversely affected. Law defining the lawyer’s scope of authority in litigation varies among jurisdictions.In a case in which the client appears to be suffering mental disability, the lawyer’s duty to abide by the client’s decisions is to be guided by reference to rule 4-1.14. Independence from client’s views or activitiesLegal representation should not be denied to people who are unable to afford legal services or whose cause is controversial or the subject of popular disapproval. By the same token representing a client does not constitute approval of the client’s views or activities. Services limited in objectives , scope or meansThe objectives or scope of services provided by a lawyer may be limited by agreement with the client or by the terms under which the lawyer’s services are made available to the client. For example, a retainer may be for a specifically defined purpose. Representation provided through a legal aid agency may be subject to limitations on the types of cases the agency handles. When a lawyer has been retained by an insurer to represent an insured, the representation may be limited to matters related to the insurance coverage. The terms upon which representation is undertaken may exclude specific objectives or means. Such limitations may exclude objectives or means that the lawyer regards as repugnant or imprudent , or which the client regards as financially impractical. Although this rule affords the lawyer and client substantial latitude to limit the representation if not prohibited by law or rule, the limitation must be reasonable under the circumstances. If, for example, a client’s objective is limited to securing general information about the law the client needs in order to handle a common and typically uncomplicated legal problem, the lawyer and client may agree that the lawyer’s services will be limited to a brief consultation. Such a limitation, however, would not be reasonable if the time allotted was not sufficient to yield advice upon which the client could rely. In addition, a lawyer and client may agree that the representation will be limited to providing assistance out of court, including providing advice on the operation of the court system and drafting pleadings and responses. If the lawyer assists a pro se litigant by drafting any document to be submitted to a court, the lawyer is not obligated to sign the document. However, the lawyer must indicate “Prepared with the assistance of counsel” on the document to avoid misleading the court that otherwise might be under the impression that the person, who appears to be proceeding pro se, has received no assistance from a lawyer. If not prohibited by law or rule, a lawyer and client may agree that any representation in court be limited. For example, a lawyer and client may agree that the lawyer will represent the client at a hearing regarding child support and not at the final hearing or in any other hearings. Regardless of the circumstances, a lawyer providing limited representation forms an attorney-client relationship with the litigant, and owes the client all attendant ethical obligations and duties imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, including, but not limited to, duties of competence, communication, confidentiality and avoidance of conflicts of interest. Although an agreement for limited representation does not exempt a lawyer from the duty to provide competent representation, the limitation is a factor to be considered when determining the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.An agreement concerning the scope of representation must accord with the Rules of Professional Conduct and law. Thus, the client may not be asked to agree to representation so limited in scope as to violate rule 4-1.1 or to surrender the right to terminate the lawyer’s services or the right to settle litigation that the lawyer might wish to continue. Criminal, fraudulent, and prohibited transactionsA lawyer is required to give an honest opinion about the actual consequences that appear likely to result from a client’s conduct. The fact that a client uses advice in a course of action that is criminal or fraudulent does not, of itself, make a lawyer a party to the course of action. However, a lawyer may not assist a client in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know to be criminal or fraudulent. There is a critical distinction between presenting an analysis of legal aspects of questionable conduct and recommending the means by which a crime or fraud might be committed with impunity.When the client’s course of action has already begun and is continuing, the lawyer’s responsibility is especially delicate. The lawyer is not permitted to reveal the client’s wrongdoing, except where permitted or required by rule 4-1.6. However, the lawyer is required to avoid furthering the purpose, for example, by suggesting how it might be concealed. A lawyer may not continue assisting a client in conduct that the lawyer originally supposes is legally proper but then discovers is criminal or fraudulent. Withdrawal from the representation, therefore, may be required.Where the client is a fiduciary, the lawyer may be charged with special obligations in dealings with a beneficiary.Subdivision (d) applies whether or not the defrauded party is a party to the transaction. Hence, a lawyer should not participate in a sham transaction; for example, a transaction to effectuate criminal or fraudulent escape of tax liability. Subdivision (d) does not preclude undertaking a criminal defense incident to a general retainer for legal services to a lawful enterprise. The last sentence of subdivision (d) recognizes that determining the validity or interpretation of a statute or regulation may require a course of action involving disobedience of the statute or regulation or of the interpretation placed upon it by governmental authorities. RULE 4-4.2 COMMUNICATION WITH PERSON REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL (a) In representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an attorney may, without such prior consent, communicate with another’s client in order to meet the requirements of any court rule, statute or contract requiring notice or service of process directly on an adverse party, in which event the communication shall be strictly restricted to that required by the court rule, statute or contract, and a copy shall be provided to the adverse party’s attorney. (b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with the rule on objectives and scope of representation is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, the opposing lawyer is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation. Comment This rule does not prohibit communication with a party, or an employee or agent of a party, concerning matters outside the representation. For example, the existence of a controversy between a government agency and a private party, or between 2 organizations, does not prohibit a lawyer for either from communicating with nonlawyer representatives of the other regarding a separate matter. Also, parties to a matter may communicate directly with each other and a lawyer having independent justification for communicating with the other party is permitted to do so. Communications authorized by law include, for example, the right of a party to a controversy with a government agency to speak with government officials about the matter.In the case of an organization, this rule prohibits communications by a lawyer for 1 party concerning the matter in representation with persons having a managerial responsibility on behalf of the organization and with any other person whose act or omission in connection with that matter may be imputed to the organization for purposes of civil or criminal liability or whose statement may constitute an admission on the part of the organization. If an agent or employee of the organization is represented in the matter by the agent’s or employee’s own counsel, the consent by that counsel to a communication will be sufficient for purposes of this rule. Compare rule 4-3.4(f). This rule also covers any person, whether or not a party to a formal proceeding, who is represented by counsel concerning the matter in question. RULE 4-4.3 DEALING WITH UNREPRESENTED PERSONS (a) In dealing on behalf of a client with a person who is not represented by counsel, a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is disinterested. When the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the unrepresented person misunderstands the lawyer’s role in the matter, the lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to correct the misunderstanding. (b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with the rule on objectives and scope of representation is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, the opposing lawyer is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation. Comment An unrepresented person, particularly one not experienced in dealing with legal matters, might assume that a lawyer is disinterested in loyalties or is a disinterested authority on the law even when the lawyer represents a client. During the course of a lawyer’s representation of a client, the lawyer should not give advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to obtain counsel. FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULE OF PROCEDURE 12.040. ATTORNEYS (a) Limited Appearance. An attorney of record for a party, in a family law matter governed by these rules, shall be the attorney of record throughout the same family law matter, unless at the time of appearance the attorney files a notice, signed by the party, specifically limiting the attorney’s appearance only to the particular proceeding or matter in which the attorney appears. (b) Withdrawal or Limiting Appearance. (1) Prior to the completion of a family law matter or prior to the completion of a limited appearance, an attorney of record, with approval of the court, may withdraw or partially withdraw, thereby limiting the scope of the attorney’s original appearance to a particular proceeding or matter. A motion setting forth the reasons must be filed with the court and served upon the client and interested persons. (2) The attorney shall remain attorney of record until such time as the court enters an order, except as set forth in paragraph ©) below. (c) Scope of Representation. If an attorney appears “of record” for a particular limited proceeding or matter, as provided by this rule, that attorney shall be deemed “of record” for only that particular proceeding or matter. At the conclusion of such proceeding or matter, the attorney’s role terminates without the necessity of leave of court, upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited appearance. The notice, which shall be titled “Termination of Limited Appearance,” shall include the names and last known addresses of the person(s) represented by the withdrawing attorney. (d) Preparation of Pleadings or Other Documents. A party who files a pleading or other document of record pro se with the assistance of an attorney shall certify that the party has received assistance from an attorney in the preparation of the pleading or other document. The name, address and phone number of the party shall appear on all pleadings or other documents filed with the court. (e) Notice of Limited Appearance. Any pleading or other document filed by a limited appearance attorney shall state in bold type on the signature page of that pleading or other document: “Attorney for [Petitioner][Respondent] [address of Petitioner or Respondent] for the limited purpose of [matter or proceeding].” (f) Service. During the attorney’s limited appearance, service of pleadings or other documents related to that matter shall be served upon both the attorney and the party.center_img Unbundled legal services ruleslast_img read more