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The Law Society in the regions: December 2018

by Bhavni Fowler
7 December 2018

Bhavni Fowler During November our relationship management team has been engaging with members across the regions on a wide variety of different topics, ranging from diversity in the profession to price transparency.

Bhavni Fowler, relationship manager, provides an overview of last month's activities.

Office holders and colleagues in the regions

This month the team arranged a number of regional engagements for our president and colleagues to meet with members.

  • The Law Society's president Christina Blacklaws travelled to Cornwall to host a Women in Leadership in Law roundtable in partnership with Cornwall Law Society, which was at full capacity. As a result of the success of the meeting, Cornwall Law Society plan to start a mentoring network in the region. Our regional diversity and inclusion forums will provide further opportunities for members to share best practice around this topic. Join one of our diversity and inclusion regional forums.
  • Stephen Denyer, Law Society director of strategic relationships, chaired a discussion with representatives from North East local law societies, firms and universities together with North East-based Law Society council and committee members and other stakeholders. The discussion included topics such as the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), mental health and wellbeing in the profession and the geography of our Law Society committee members.
  • The head of our Risk and Compliance Service Pearl Moses visited Wiltshire and Gloucestershire where she was able to provide an update on current risk and compliance issues for members. Find out more about our Risk and Compliance Service.
  • Paul Wilson, Law Society head of regulatory affairs, travelled to Bristol and Birmingham where he met with the Bristol Risk Group and a large firm in Birmingham to talk about the price transparency rules. Read more about our support in this area.

Local Law Society engagements

In November the president and members of the relationship management team were delighted to attend the National Local Law Societies conference, which was organised by Leicestershire Law Society.

Deputy vice-president David Greene had the please of attending the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society annual dinner and members of the team were pleased to attend the annual dinners of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Law Society and Somerset Law Society.

In addition we were also able to attend the annual general meetings (AGMs) of Bristol and Cornwall Law Society and would like to congratulate all the new presidents who have taken office in November.

Over the month, the team also attended a number of local law society committee meetings including Harrogate, Tees Valley and Yorkshire Law Society (together with the president of the Yorkshire Union David Barraclough and one of our Yorkshire council members Peter Wright), Nottingham Law Society's international committee, and the City of London Law Society.

During these meetings we were able to provide updates on price transparency, SQE, the Mayson review, the Women in Law - Male Champion roundtables, technology, local Excellence Awards winners, the new Law Society member handbook, and international delegations.

Member engagement

We have continued with our ongoing engagement programme which includes events, training courses, roundtables and member meetings.

The team arranged a sanctions roundtable in London for practitioners who specialise in this area. The focus of the roundtable was to gain member views to inform our response on behalf of the profession to a government consultation on sanctions post-Brexit.

We also held our annual anti-money laundering (AML) and financial crime annual conference with leading AML specialists to provide members with the latest updates in regulation, practical support and guidance in this area.

The keynote address was delivered by the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime. Find out more about our AML support.

As usual, we have also been catching up over the last month with individual law firms discussing topics including: price transparency rules, gender pay gap reporting, diversity, technology, GDPR, research, access to justice, government crime strategy, international jurisdictions, Brexit and the future of the legal profession.

We are continually looking at ways in which we can enhance our regional activities to better represent and support you. If you have any suggestions, please contact your relationship manager.