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Be inspired at this year's Presidents and Secretaries Conference

13 April 2017

Now in its 15th year, the conference has become the most anticipated networking and social event of the year for local law societies.

What you've said about the conference

Every year we ask for feedback so we can improve the programme and make it as good a mix of panel sessions, expert speakers and interactive workshops as possible. We want to inspire you with useful and practical tips you can take away and use in your societies.

This is what you've said about the conference:

'Top tips aplenty.'
'Great enthusiasm, fantastic ideas for improvement.'
'Really helpful and insightful ideas'
'Wonderful networking, everyone was very friendly.'

Why you should attend

  • To engage in informative workshops with inspiring speakers.
  • To get practical tips and working examples you can use in your own society, no matter the size.
  • For the chance to network, share experiences and learn best practice from other societies.
  • To learn about the work of the Law Society and visit its Chancery Lane headquarters.

This year the programme will include workshops on:

  • media training,
  • understanding in-house solicitors and getting them involved in your society
  • how to retain and boost members and generate income  
  • tech tools for running your society
  • Brexit and twinning
  • how to manage a consultation process.

There will be panel sessions on:

  • lobbying at a local level
  • how other professions operate their local membership bodies.


There will be expert speakers from the fields of politics, academia and business, including:

  • Sir Edward Davey, former minister of energy and MP of Kingston,
  • Susan Smith, vice president, South Eastern Society of Chartered Accountants,
  • Matthew Fedigan, chair, North West UK Regional Board for Surveyors
  • Professor Sara Chandler QC, vice president, Federation des Barreaux D'Europe, European Bars Federation.

From the Law Society:

  • president Robert Bourn will open the conference on the Friday
  • vice president Joe Egan will open the second day
  • deputy vice president Christina Blacklaws will close the conference
  • Richard Miller, head of legal aid, and Mark Paulson, head of public and criminal law, will be speaking at the plenary sessions

See the complete programme and book your place.

New this year - surgery sessions

These are a fantastic opportunity for a 10-minute, one-to-one meeting with a Law Society representative about anything concerning the operation of your local law society.

Experts will be available from:

  • Legal Policy
  • Communications (inc press office, digital communications and social media)
  • Public Affairs
  • Practice Advice
  • Relationship Management

We have also commissioned a photographer to capture the conference sessions and the black tie dinner on the Friday night.

So far over 30 local law societies are attending, so join us on 5 and 6 May for what promises to be an informative and inspiring conference.


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