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The Law Society in the regions: April 2019

3 April 2019

Sarah Richards, relationship managerDuring March, our relationship management team has continued to work with members across the regions.

Sarah Richards gives an overview of the month's events.

Local law society engagements

The Northern team attended the AGM of the Yorkshire Union of all Yorkshire-based local law societies in March.

The South Western team, along with the vice president Simon Davis, attended the quarterly meeting of the Association of South Western Lawyers. All South Western Council members also attended as regional JLD representatives.

This month, we sat on the judging on the Worcestershire Legal Awards panel which provided the chance to meet members going above and beyond to serve their community, those at the peak of their profession and those who have overcome barriers to enter the profession.

The annual dinner season is in full swing and we have attended wonderful dinners in Cambridge, Cornwall, Birmingham, Cheshire and North Wales, Preston, Leeds, Sheffield and the Isle of Wight.

Member engagement

Relationship managers keep in touch with their Council members and this month we have met with Council members in their constituencies of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Yorkshire, Croydon and North Kent.

We have organised Brexit events across the regions including Southampton, London, Norwich, Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester.

At these events, our deputy vice president David Green, director of strategic relationships Stephen Denyer, members of the public affairs team and the head of our Brussels office were able to inform members of our lobbying activities and guidance in this area.

We were also delighted to be joined by members of the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy who were able to engage with members on this topic.

In Norwich, we were lucky enough to be joined by representatives from the University of East Anglia where we heard opinions about the content of EU law required under the SQE and on the impact upon international students returning, perhaps post-hard Brexit, to sit their final exams.

The events have enabled the collection of opinions, concerns and negative impact which will continue to inform our lobbying activities.

Our Northern team had a productive meeting with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership discussing plans to work with them across the North in areas such as promoting apprenticeships and social mobility.

Norfolk Community Law Service hosted our DVP to demonstrate the good work of the solicitor profession in serving communities.

The LASPO review was discussed as was our ongoing efforts to influence change and improvements.

If you have any suggestions as to how we can better represent and support you in your region, we’d love to hear from you. Contact your relationship manager