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The Law Society in the Regions: October 2018

11 October 2018

Jack DunkleyIn the last two months, the relationship management team has been engaging with firms across the regions on women in leadership in law, risk and compliance, Brexit, and recruitment and retention, as reported by Jack Dunkley, relationship manager.

Women in Leadership in Law

With your help, in September we surpassed our target of holding 100 roundtables in support of our Women in Leadership in Law initiative. We could not have achieved this without support from the regions - thank you.

But we won't be stopping there. Between October and December, the Law Society will be hosting men's roundtables for men in senior roles who have the ability to make an impact in their organisation.

To celebrate the centenary of women in law, and to release the findings from the Women in Leadership in Law project's research we will be holding an international symposium in London in June 2019, tickets for which will be available from the Law Society later this year.

If you would like to be part of the Women in Leadership in Law project, or who would like to receive copies of the toolkit and roundtable guidance, contact us at

Risk and compliance - Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham

In September, we held our Risk and Compliance Autumn conference in Leeds. Almost 100 delegates were taken through a rich programme, which covered price transparency, anti-money laundering, GDPR, social media and legaltech.

For a taste of what was delivered at the conference, our head of Risk and Compliance Pearl Moses recorded a podcast with Jorren Knibbe of Guidhall Chamers in Bristol. Listen to 'GDPR: 100 days on'.

Our in-house members tell us that they are increasingly asked to balance managing risk with creating value. With additional compliance activities and new regulatory requirements, this means that legal teams are needing to analyse and report on risk in a structured way. At our 'Mitigating risks for in-house lawyers' forums in Manchester and Birimingham, Pearl Moses led the discussion on best practice.

Find out more about our work with in-house solicitors

International team - Brexit and the East of England

In September, our head of International Mickael Laurans spent two days meeting with solicitors in the East of England, both in-house and in private practice, to hear the challenges faced by solicitors and their clients against the uncertainty of a 'deal or no deal Brexit'.

We discovered that solicitors are already shifting their attention to territories other than the EU and beginning to counsel clients on the implications on staffing and the movement of goods, in particular in transport and logistics.

In the evening of day one of our tour of the East, Mickael addressed members of the Suffolk and North Essex Society (SNELS) on the work of his team and the Law Society's experts in Brussels.

We heard that client demand and the legislative landscape will shift post Brexit. We were pleased to hear from solicitors we met that they see the Law Society's policy committees as becoming ever more relevant when that shift begins to bite. Mickael and his team will continue to lobby and produce supporting guidance for the profession as the future unfolds.

Find out more about the International team at the Law Society

See the work of the Law Society policy committees

Office holders in the regions

Vice president

In September, our vice president Simon Davis met with the senior leaders of firms in Greater London. Members were pleased to hear of the approach and values that Simon intends to bring to his role as vice president and into his presidential year.

In his capacity as council member and office holder, Simon considers members of the profession as his clients. Accordingly, we were able to obtain instructions throughout our day of meetings!

Attendees talked about the challenges of enticing talented solicitors into taking a stake in the business and retaining the talent of female solicitors. One firm had decided to radically shift its goals and focus to just two issues: people and profits. Our Law Management Section helps support law firms with management challenges including recruitment and retention.

Deputy vice president

Our deputy vice president David Greene was in the South of England contributing to a panel discussion on Brexit and its impact on legal services at the Liberal Democrats annual conference in Brighton.

David also took the opportunity to meet with the Sussex Law Society to discuss the legal services landscape in the region and to visit some firms adopting innovative ways of delivering client service in family law cases.

Read more about our work at the party conferences

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


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International symposium

This two-day conference will bring together men and women from across the legal profession and other sectors to identify steps that are needed to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

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