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President Attends Local Property Professionals Annual Dinner

CAAEAS Annual Dinner 2018

CNWLS Past Presidents' Lunch 2018

President Amy Norman represented the Society at the Chester Association of Auctioneers, Estate Agents & Surveyors’ 69th Annual Dinner on Friday 30th November 2018 at the Grosvenor Hotel.

CNWLS is proud to support the continued close working relationship between the region’s legal and property sectors.

 

 


 

We are recruiting committee members!

We currently have a number of vacancies on the Society Committee. If you are passionate about the law and your region and are interested in helping your local society to support, promote and represent its members, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here or by contacting the President, Amy Norman.

Committee Vacancies – Your Local Law Society Needs You!

CNWLS Committee Vacancies – Get Involved!

  • Would you like to be involved in your local law society?
  • Would you like to work to bring together the professionals from across the region through social and training events?
  • Would you like to be a key player in improving communications with our members and building relationships with our stakeholders?
  • Would you like to grow your own network in the region and meet committee members from other local law societies at national conferences?
  • Would you like to help change the public’s perception of the legal profession?
  • Would you like to be the link between the National Law Society and its members?

This is an exciting time to be a member of the CNWLS committee, and for the society generally.

The society and our region has a unique make up of city and rural practices, with large national firms through to single practitioners, and it is important that our committee reflects the diversity of our membership.

As a committee member, you can help shape and contribute to the continued relevance and value of society membership.

As an example, we’re undertaking a 12 month project to improve the way in which we communicate and engage with our members.

Members will be receiving a new quarterly newsletter updating on what the committee have been up to at a local and national level, letting you know about member events, and providing you with information from the National Society such as policy and consultation updates. We will be inviting members to make contributions to the newsletters and to a blog section which will appear on our updated website.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in this project, please get in touch with the current President, Amy Norman on 01606 334309 or email anorman@butcher-barlow.co.uk 

Amy will talk you through the project, and answer any questions you may have generally about getting involved and becoming a committee member.

You don’t have to currently be a member of the Society to express an interest, although if you did want to join the committee we can talk you through membership options.

Good ideas come when we work together – be part of the CNWLS committee and help us help you, our members.

Annual Past Presidents’ Lunch 2018

Past Presidents’ Lunch 2018

CNWLS Past Presidents' Lunch 2018

On Thursday 28th November 2018, the Cheshire & North Wales Law Society Past Presidents’ Lunch took place at Chester Racecourse.

The lunch provides an annual opportunity for current and past members to sit together and discuss issues affecting law in our region and to generally catch up!

In attendance were:

Michael Tree, Swayn Johnson Solicitors, CNWLS Vice President Carol DraycottUniversity of Law, Osian RobertsGuthrie Jones & Jones, CNWLS Current President Amy NormanButcher & Barlow Solicitors and Notaries, Freddie StorrarStorrar Cowdry, John Pickup, Randal Hibbert [retired], Mark Brown – Taylor Brown Solicitors, Ron DavisonGamlins Law, Mark EvansAllington Hughes Law, David Parry [retired], John ArnoldCullimore Dutton Solicitors Limited, Gerry Rooney – Mosshaselhurst Solicitors, Denis StevensonRowlinsons Solicitors

 


 

We are recruiting committee members!

We currently have a number of vacancies on the Society Committee. If you are interested in helping your local society to support, promote and represent its members across the region’s legal profession, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here or by contacting the President, Amy Norman.

Valedictory Address: His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL

On Monday 19th November 2018, CNWLS Committee Member and Past-President Ron Davison attended the valedictory of His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL, Honorary Recorder of Chester Crown Court, in Court 1, Chester Crown Court.

Representing the Society, Ron delivered the following address:

Your Honour,

On behalf of the 146,000 solicitor members of the Law Society and more particularly those of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society may I say what a great honour it is to play my small part in your valedictory address.

We have always considered His Honour to be a friend to solicitors, although I suspect many of them standing before him in this Court room may not have felt as comfortable as I do today.

I spoke to a number of criminal solicitors when preparing this address and what became apparent was that His Honour is well liked, hugely respected and will be sorely missed. One of my own solicitors seemed however relatively pleased Judge Dutton would not be sentencing his client next month. Read in to that what you will!

I know he was very proud to be offered the role as Honorary Recorder of Chester Crown Court and he has discharged his duties diligently and with his usual passion.

It would be remiss not to mention in this Court his predecessor, His Honour Judge Elgan Edwards, an equally great man who sadly did not live to enjoy the benefit of receiving his own valedictory. His Honour Judge Dutton certainly had large boots to fill. I am sure everyone would agree that he has filled them handsomely.

I am proud to be able to speak personally about my friendship with His Honour, which is rooted in our support of Welsh Rugby.

I am reminded of an occasion shortly before a Six Nations Scotland away trip when Judge Dutton was asked to adjourn a Trial by Mr Robert Trevor Jones. Now, Counsel was not particularly persuasive in his arguments – advancing very little reasoning hoping that our learned Judge would remember his social calendar and the plans made to travel up the day before the game.

No such luck I’m afraid. Application refused “Justice delayed is justice denied”

Undeterred, Mr Trevor Jones repeated his application feeling assured the penny would shortly drop. Sadly not. “Under no circumstances would there be an adjournment.”

His Honour I am led to understand was becoming increasingly frustrated.

One last desperate attempt was made but this time 3 critical words were included in the submissions. “Travel difficulties “ and “Murrayfield”.

Application granted – Trial adjourned for a month. Justice it would seem on this occa- sion could wait; there was after all a Grand Slam at stake.

We wish His Honour all the best for the future and hope that he will always remain a friend to solicitors. I can assure him that solicitors, this one especially, will of course, always remain a friend to him.

Ymddeoliad hapus – Happy retirement Your Honour

 

CNWLS Family Walk

CNWLS Family Walk – On Saturday 14th July, Cheshire & North Wales Law Society joined with Liverpool Law Society for the Societies annual Family Walk.

This year’s walk was arranged by Liverpool Law society and took us in to the hills over Prestatyn, Wales.

The sun shone brightly as the dozen or so walkers arrived at Graig Fawr for a pre walk picnic before setting off along the Offa’s Dyke Path.  The path runs 177 miles all the way from North to South Wales although fortunately we were only expected to walk a couple of miles of it! I think we managed to find some of the steepest parts though!

The path provided us with spectacular views of the North Wales coastline, the Clwydian Range and beyond.  Great company and the promise of an ice cream when we reached Prestatyn sea front kept us all going for the 3 1/2 miles to the sea.

After an ice cream and a quick check of the England v Belgium score, we headed off back into Prestatyn to join the Dyserth to Prestatyn way, a disused railway branch which has been transformed for walkers and cyclists.

We arrived back at Graig Fawr with 6 miles and 39 floors under our belt before heading for lovely meal at the  New In in Dyserth.

Many thanks to Liverpool Law Society for organising this years walk.

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Solicitor Apprenticeships

University of Law logoSolicitor Apprenticeships – Jason O’Malley, Director of Apprenticeships, at the University of Law explains the benefits of the Solicitor Apprenticeship route to qualification and how, in particular, many non-levy paying firms are unaware of the excellent opportunity available to them:

A new way to qualify as a Solicitor

Did you know that since 2016 it has been possible to qualify as a solicitor via an apprenticeship route? In addition, whilst levy paying firms are able to utilise their levy funds, non-levy paying firms are able to have 90% of the training costs paid for by the Government. Whilst there have been shorter paralegal level apprenticeships in existence for a number of years, many firms are now helping their staff qualify as solicitors to full qualification.

In recent years the Government has encouraged universities to develop degree level apprenticeship programmes. The solicitor apprenticeship is just one of many programmes to have launched or be in development.

Apprentices work and study over a 5-6 year period, within an employment contract. Individuals on the solicitor programme do not incur any student debt, but still have the opportunity to undertake an LLB and the SRA’s new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). On successful completion of the SQE and a qualifying work experience, apprentices will be admitted to the roll, subject to satisfying the SRA’s character and suitability test.

Law firms across the country are already taking advantage of this opportunity, using it to attract new talent into the firm or enabling existing staff to upskill themselves and in so doing increase their staff retention rates.

So how could this work for your firm?

• Apprentices can be new recruits or existing staff. There are no age limits so there are currently school leavers, paralegals progressing from a lower level apprenticeship and examples of existing support staff all being given the opportunity to qualify via this route. (Minimum entry criteria are three A levels at grade C and above and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English).
• Each apprentice is working toward the SQE assessment and as a prerequisite to this has to develop a work-based portfolio of evidence based on the statement of solicitor competency and the requirements of the SQE.
• A dedicated solicitor assessor from the University of Law will work with the supervising solicitor to ensure this happens.
• The apprentice must, in accordance with the funding rules, be given one day a week to study. The programme at the University of Law has been designed to allow flexibility for each employer to choose when this protected time for off-the-job training is scheduled each week.
• Apprentices study via a blended programme supported with live webinars and some face-to-face sessions.
For more information on the benefits for your firm, see our Head of Apprenticeships’ guide: https://www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships/employer/
And to hear what our apprentices think: https://www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships/students/

How is this paid for?

In 2017 the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers whose payroll exceeds £3 million p.a. pay a 0.5% tax on their total UK payroll. In England, these central Government funds are then allocated for the provision of apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeships are funded either fully via the Government for levy paying firms, who are essentially recouping their levy, or on a co-funded basis for firms who are not paying in to the levy, or who have exhausted their levy. Here 90% of cost is paid by the Government and employers contribute just 10% of the cost in monthly payments spread over the course of the programme.

For more information on the programme, its benefits for employers and apprentices, please contact the University of Law apprenticeshipenquiries@law.ac.uk

The University of Law is the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds, as well as collaborations with The University of Exeter, The University of Reading and The University of Liverpool. Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.

We specialise in teaching and focus our energy on developing innovative, highly effective teaching and learning methods that equip students for their professional career. We have more than 250 qualified and experienced solicitors, barristers and judges as our tutors, enabling us to help students develop the practical skills that can make all the difference when starting a career in law.

To speak directly to our specialist account managers:

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Email: paul.frith@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216062 or Mobile: 07770 496046

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Email: ben.campbell@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216842 or Mobile: 07816 177922

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Email: Jason.omalley@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216112 or Mobile: 07816 282893

Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference 2018

Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference 2018

On a sunny Friday Morning in May, President Amy Norman and Vice President Carol Draycott boarded a train bound for London and the 2018 Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference.

TPresidents conference image 1he two day conference, held at the home of the Law Society on Chancery Lane, brings together officers from all local law societies in England and Wales, from those with only a handful of members to those with over 5000.

With presentations from Joe Egan, President of the Law Society, Christina Blacklaws, incoming President, Interim Chief Executive Paul Tennant and Chair of the Law Society Board Robert Bourns the event was always going to be enlightening and passionate about the Law Society.  Breakout groups on topics relevant to local law societies such as social media presence and influencing policy, together with the reveal of the Local Law Societies Handbook meant that delegates came away with a wealth of knowledge and ideas for their own Society.

Friday evening brought with it a black tie dinner in the Common Room which looked stunning lit with candelabras.

Amy and Carol came away from the conference having shared ideas with many other local law society representatives and forging some long term relationships which they will be ready to build upon at the Local Law Society Conference to be hosted by Leicester Law Society in the Autumn.

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DASLS Annual Awards Dinner

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Earlier this month, President Amy Norman was a guest at the Devon and Somerset Law Society Annual Awards Dinner at the Riviera International Convention Centre in Torquay. The event was hosted by immediate Past President Sue Aggett.  The dinner was due to take place on 1st March but due to the uncharacteristic snowy weather it had to be postponed and in the meantime the Society held their AGM and appointment Stephen Mahoney as President.  Amy was lucky enough to be seated next to Stephen, who was able to take a back seat for the evening, and was looked after extremely well!

The special guest for the evening was Mike Tindall MBE who was interviewed by news and sports broadcast journalist Mark Tyler. It was certainly a no holds barred interview with Mike answering every question thrown at him with wit and humour.

DASLS and the C&NWLS are part of a joint group of 6 local law societies from across the country. The purpose of this venture is to share views, knowledge and ideas on issues affecting local law societies and their members and when appropriate make joint representations. Particularly, the benefit of this union is a greater voice derived from a combined membership of more then 4000  and a strength in numbers in matters such as consultation responses and parliamentary lobbying.

Amy would like thank DASLS for inviting her to be a guest at their dinner.

Law Society Council meeting summary: 21 March 2018
Law Society Council meeting summary: 21 March 2018
Council met on 21 March in Manchester, emphasising the Law Society’s role in representing, promoting and supporting solicitors across the whole of England and Wales. As well as the normal business of Council, the opportunity was taken to engage with a wide range of local stakeholders from across the legal sector, including a meeting with a group of local law students. There was a well-attended evening reception on 20 March in the Manchester Art Gallery for members of the profession and other key contacts. Council then spent the day on 21 March on its business agenda. This included a substantial discussion of work which is under way to position the Law Society for the future, including transforming the Society’s IT systems, making better use of the Society’s property, and enabling staff to work more flexibly, all with the aim of making the Society a truly member-focused organisation.

Changes to governance for 2018
Council passed a complete set of amendments to the General Regulations, which are in effect the Law Society’s ‘standing orders’, consolidating all of the recent changes in the governance arrangements of the Society including the creation of the new Board and its two supporting Committees. This created what is basically a new set of General Regulations and marked an important stage in the transition. Council also received its first report from the new Board, covering matters including an update on organisational performance, the Law Society’s communications, preliminary audit findings, and the Board’s future agenda. The Board membership is now complete, with Lubna Shuja, one of the Council members for the Solicitors’ Sole Practitioners’ Group, joining the Board ex officio as chair of the new Membership and Operations Committee.

Lobbying on Brexit
There was a presentation to Council on the Law Society’s work on Brexit which continues to feature prominently on the agenda. Council affirmed the Society’s continuing commitment to market access, now calling for a deep relationship with the single market as a guarantee of this. The Society also continues to focus on continued civil and family justice co-operation; collaboration in policing, security and criminal justice; robust and clear transitional arrangements; and the ongoing promotion of the jurisdiction of England and Wales. Continued high-profile engagement with government and with parliamentarians more widely was noted by Council, with the Law Society receiving many mentions in parliamentary committee reports. Engagement also continues with the EU and other European stakeholders.

Presidential year plan
Council endorsed the presidential year plan for Christina Blacklaws’ forthcoming year as president which is due to begin in July 2018. Among the areas of focus will be continuing to lead the ‘pride in the profession’ campaign, a workstream on diversity and inclusion including a programme on women in leadership in the law, and a wide range of activities to encourage access to the profession for the best candidates regardless of their social background. Work on the future of legal services will focus particularly on technological innovation as a driver of change. And there will also be a focus on championing the Law Society’s programme of work on mental health, wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.

Member communications and engagement
Council noted that a new joiners’ pack is now being sent to all members on admission to the roll, including a welcome letter from the president and a copy of the Society’s member handbook. Council was also pleased to learn that a refreshed digital monthly e-newsletter for over 100 local law societies and for Council members was to be launched from April 2018 including accessible and timely content focusing on key overall themes for the profession and on regional and topical spotlights. The Law Society has also continued to develop guidance, products and services for the profession on the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Political engagement
Council heard of continued relationship building with the new ministerial teams, including the new Lord Chancellor David Gauke MP, and the new Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP, covering priorities on access to justice, court modernisation, personal injury reform, and the Society’s early advice campaign. In January the Law Society and its campaigns were positively mentioned in Parliament on 17 occasions. The early advice campaign has so far resulted in significant parliamentary interest and a commitment by the Labour Party to reintroduce legal aid for early advice in family cases. It was noted that close collaboration continues with the Welsh Revenue Authority continues, including a joint survey on awareness of the new Land Transaction Tax.

International engagement
In addition to the work on Brexit mentioned earlier, Council noted a seminar organised by the Society on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, with focus on Egypt, as well as engagement with the British Italian Law Association, a delegation of students from the India Think Council, and a visit to Russia in response to ongoing discussion about the reform of the legal profession there.
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Dinners, dates and dancing

Amy Norman has got her year of Presidency swiftly underway with attendance at two annual dinners in the space of two weeks!

The first dinner attended was that of the Chester and North Wales branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales which was held at the Chester Grosvenor on 9th March.  Amy was invited by Chairman Zoe Davenport. After dinner entertainment was provided by Wild Humphrey who excels in recalling facts and figures, particularly in relation to dates.

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The following Friday was The Insurance Institute of Chester and North Wales’ annual dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Chester.  A smaller and rather livelier affair, the after dinner entertainment was a disco and a photo booth.

 

Amy Norman with President Brian Gelling

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Amy would like to thank both organisations for their kind invites and wish the Chairman and President best wishes for their term.

Cheshire & North Wales Law Society elect new President & raise money for local Cancer Centre

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The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society have elected its new President for 2018/19.

Amy Norman, a partner at Butcher & Barlow solicitors whose focus is on marketing and business development, is the first non practicing solicitor to head the Society. Her objective for her year in office is to improve engagement with members, of which there are over 400,  and the wider legal community to ensure that our local law society is delivering the services that are wanted and needed.

Amy’s first duties were to host the Society’s annual dinner which was attended by over 230 lawyers and their guests from across the region.  A charity raffle which took place on the evening, with prizes being donated from local organisations and business. raised over £1300 for Amy’s nominated charity the year, The Christie Foundation Trust. The Charity raises funds for enhanced Cancer care at the Christie NHS Trust, one of the largest Cancer specialist treatment centres in Europe.

Amy was delighted to welcome the national Law Society president Joe Egan to the event, and he provided some insightful comments on current challenges facing the profession, most notably in relation to the current Brexit negotiations.

The coming year offers a host of legal training sessions run by the Society covering various areas of law, including hot topics such as the new GDPR data protection regulations.

Amy said “It is a great honour to be elected as the President of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society and to kick start the year with a fantastic dinner with so many people attending from the local legal community. It demonstrates what a committed region we are and which showed lots of promise for the future of our profession with guests from the Junior Lawyers Division and the University or Law.  By improving engagement with our membership, and our potential membership, we can work with and showcase the tremendous local legal talent we have in this region, and assist with delivering excellent legal services to the local community and beyond.”

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Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession

Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession.

The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the legal profession.

“People working in law across the world have spoken out about the challenges the profession faces in achieving gender equality,” said Law Society vice president Christina Blacklaws.

“I am a passionate believer in equality. Where there is inequality, I will not flinch from tackling it. I know I’m not alone in this – justice, fairness and the rule of law are what drew most of us to the legal profession.

“Unconscious bias in the legal profession was the most commonly identified barrier to career progression for women, while flexible working was seen as a remedy by an overwhelming 91% of respondents to our survey.

“Interestingly while half of all respondents said they thought there had been progress on gender equality over the last five years there was a significant difference in perception by gender with 74% of men reporting progress in gender equality compared to only 48% of women.”

Key figures:

  • 7,781 people responded to the Law Society’s Women in the Law survey (5,758 women, 554 men and 1,469 unknown or other)
  • 74% of men and 48% of women reported progress on gender equality in the last 5 years (overall 50%)
  • Main barriers to career progression perceived as:

– Unconscious bias (52%)

However, only 11% said unconscious bias training is consistently carried out in their organisation

– Unacceptable work/life balance demanded to reach senior levels (49%)

– Traditional networks/routes to promotion are male orientated (46%)

– Current resistance to flexible working practices (41%)

  • 91% of respondents said flexible working is critical to improving diversity

– 52% work in an organisation where flexible working is in place

  • 60% are aware of gender pay gap in their place of work

– Only 16% see visible steps taken to address gender pay gap

Christina Blacklaws concluded: “With our women in leadership programme, the Law Society is committed to giving women and men in law the tools to make positive changes towards gender equality.

“Every law firm, lawyer and client will benefit from greater equality in our places of work. I believe the justice system will also be stronger if the legal professions better reflects the values we uphold.”

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Amy Norman

President
Butcher & Barlow LLP
3 Royal Mews
Gadbrook Park,
Northwich CW9 7UD
Tel: (01606) 334309
Email: anorman@butcher-barlow.co.uk

Law Society Presidents and Secretaries conference – 5/6th May

Our President Ron Davison, together with our Council member Mark Evans, attended at the annual Law Society Presidents and Secretaries conference held at Chancery Lane in London. The conference was a success providing a great deal of insight and new ideas in relation to a number of issues faced locally and nationally.

University of Law Prize Giving – 27th April

Our President Ron Davison attended a prize giving ceremony at The University of Law and was particularly pleased to present to a trainee in his own firm. Miss Hollie Aspinall, won a prize in private client.

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Dinner of Cheshire and North Wales Chartered Insurance Institute – 31st March

Our President Ron Davison together with his wife Christine attended the annual ball of the Chartered Insurance Institute dinner on 31st March at Chester Golf Club and received an address by the President Warren Bentham.

Dinner of Cheshire and North Wales Institute of Chartered Accountants – 10th March, 2017

Our President, Ron Davison attended the annual dinner of the Cheshire and North Wales Institute of Chartered Accountants which took place at the Chester Grosvenor on the 10th March, 2017.

Cheshire and North Wales Law Society Dinner – 17th February, 2017

This years annual dinner was a huge success with over 252 attendees.

Robert Borns, President of the Law Society, attended and provided a stirring address highlighting the issues that solicitors face both nationally and locally. He again reiterated the need for engagement with all of the profession in order to combat the various challenges that we will face in the forthcoming years.

His Honour Judge Roger Dutton QC entertained all with great humour and the night was enjoyed by all.
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BIBA Dinner

Vice President of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society, Mr Ron Davison, attended the British Insurance Broker’s Association (North West) annual dinner at the impressive Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

 Alex Bielinski, President, gave a rousing speech highlighting challenges within the industry. 

Response to the SRA proposals for changes to the Handbook

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society prepared a response to the latest Solicitors Regulation Authority proposals. The Chief Executive of the Law Society said “SRA proposals for changes to their Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation and to solicitors’ account rules, if accepted, will leave your clients with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession”.  The response on behalf of our members helped the Law Society to inform a response on behalf of the profession.

Looking to the Future – Flexibility and Public Protection and – SRA Accounts Rules Review

The CNWLS represent Solicitors in the geographical area covering North Wales and Cheshire – from Anglesey to Chester to Northwich.  This papers sets out the thoughts of the Committee of the CNWLS on Flexibility and Public Protection and the SRA Accounts Rules Review.

We are a smaller Law Society and do not have the opportunity or resources to consider such “weighty matters” in the same way as other Law Societies, however as a Committee we felt it was very important to respond.  We have therefore called upon our close relationship with Liverpool Law Society.  Having read their response, we wish to fully endorse its contents and would add the following thoughts.

Flexibility and Public Protection

It is understood that the SRA is aiming to increase the supply and variety of legal services for the benefit of consumers.

However, it is felt that the Rule of Law should be the first and paramount concern.  The protection of consumers can only be fulfilled if the Rule of Law is at the heart of all decisions made in relation to regulation.

The Committee are concerned that the SRA’s proposals for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession.

The SRA proposals will enable solicitors to work for unregulated entities providing unreserved legal activities to the public. Such solicitors will be subject to a new Code of Conduct for Solicitors but the organisations they work for will not be subject to the SRA’s proposed new Code of Conduct for Firms.

This has potentially serious implications in a number of areas including: client protection, legal professional privilege, professional supervision, competition and the standing of the solicitor profession. There are also a number of areas of ambiguity in the proposals which MUST be clarified by the SRA.

The proposed changes will place individual solicitors working in unregulated organisations in a difficult and uncertain position.

The Committee has noted – particularly through the involvement with the Law Society’s National Conference for Local Law Societies, that preserving the solicitor brand and encouraging the profession to “stand up and take responsibility for itself” is at the heart of what the SRA seeks to do – this is reflected in the requirements for CPD.

It is also at the heart of what the Law Society is seeking to do.  In recent years, it seems that the SRA has fundamentally shifted in its approach to the Law Society, its Members and regulation – which from the practitioners’ viewpoint is a huge breath of fresh air.  It would seem a great pity were the SRA to “overstep the mark” by damaging the perceived integrity and standing of Solicitors.  Solicitors must be allowed to practice with certainty within one single regulatory regime.  This will retain the authenticity of the Solicitor brand and maintain the Rule of Law.

SRA Accounts Rules Review

It is understood that the SRA is aiming to allow firms greater flexibility in management of their businesses by making the rules simpler.  This is also to reduce “red tape” and compliance costs. Both of these aims are considered to be praiseworthy.

Whilst the proposed changes appear to simplify the Solicitor Accounts Rules, the CNWLS is concerned that less detailed and prescriptive rules will prove difficult to administer for both firms and accountants.  There is already a great deal of uncertainty about whether firms are compliant.  CNWLS do not believe that their clients are concerned with the Solicitor Accounts Rules.  Using this to change the Rules is not considered good reason.

The integrity of Solicitors and their Firms or organisations is at the heart of the Profession.  Removing the need for some Firms to have a client account and reducing the number of Firms requiring an accountant’s report will be seen to remove transparency and accountability and therefore strikes at the heart of the Solicitors’ integrity and ability to uphold the Rule of Law.  This will make it harder to detect any genuine wrongdoing.

We note that LLS have Reference is made in the consultation to the fact that over 50% of firms that hold client money received a qualified accountant’s report in the period June 2012 to December 2013 but only 179 of those were referred for consideration for further regulatory action. The Committee agree that this does not justify the changes proposed.

Diana Williams President

Cheshire and North Wales Law Society

20th September 2016

Residential Property Law Seminar

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society headed to St Asaph this week for their committee meeting, ahead of a Residential Property Law Update seminar.

Over 35 delegates attending the early evening event at Glyndwr University.  Paul Butt, consultant solicitor at Rowlinsons solicitors in Frodsham, Cheshire provided  a concise and comprehensive review of recent case law and other developments in the field of residential property. Particular attention was given to the increasing problem of fraud and the liability of law firm’s for third party fraud.  Certainly, the seminar highlighted internal procedures that firms need to be on top of.

If you are interested in attending a seminar hosted by the CNWLS, click here to take to the programme of forthcoming events: Training Dates  Attendance for members is free of charge, with a £25 fee for non-members.  All seminars carry CPD accreditation.

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C&NWLS & Liverpool Law Society – Family Walk – Sunday 11th September 2016

Last year we organised a walk up Moel Famua, this year Liverpool Law Society hosted and organised a family walk at Parkgate for members of both societies. Special thanks to Alistair and Ruth Fletcher who led the party on the day.

We set off on a three hour circular walk from The Boathouse Pub along the Dee Estuary. Lovely weather,  easy company and many laughs along the way finishing off back at The Boathouse.  Thanks to everyone who attended.

Next year it will fall upon our Society to organise the now annual family event.

Mark Evans

Council Member – Cheshire & North Wales

The University of Law, CNWLS and CNWJLD Charity BBQ

The University of Law made the most of their beautiful grounds and surroundings when they hosted their annual alumni barbecue in the walled gardens at their campus in Christleton. For the first time at this event The University of Law teamed up with CNWLS and CNWJLD to raise money for Cancer Research UK by selling sweatshirts and asking for donations raising £200.

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The English summer weather meant that some activities were moved inside but many guests were still able to relax to the live music, meet up with old friends and enjoy the various activities on offer.

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All alumni of The University of Law (incorporating the College of Law) are invited to the barbecue and following on from the success of this year’s collaboration with CNWLS and CNWLJD to raise money for charity this is another way in which all three organisations hope to work together in the future.

CNWLS Social at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society enjoyed a very civilised evening of wine and canapes at the elegant and iconic Chester Grosvenor Hotel in Chester city centre on the evening of Tuesday 20 September.  Members and guests enjoyed the opportunity to socialise and network with professional colleagues from across Cheshire and North Wales.

Diana Williams

ChesterCommittee-Diana Williams
Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: (01244) 356789
DX: 19985
Email: diana.williams@cullimoredutton.co.uk

Catherine Carter

Representative Member
The Law Society
LS Relationship Management Executive North
Tel: 07812675150
Email: Catherine.Carter@LawSociety.org.uk

David Young

Hibberts LLP Solicitors
Nantwich

Craig Wright

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

David Wright

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Helen Wright

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Stephen Worrall

Chambers Fletcher LLP
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Denise Woodward

S A S Daniels
Chester

Emma Wilson

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Dion Williams

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Delyth Williams

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Brent Williams

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Robert Williams

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Diana Williams

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Peter Wilkinson

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Stephen Wilde

Wildes Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Pamela Whitley

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Leanne Wheeler

Manleys
Chester

Martin Weston

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Justine Watkinson

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Daniel Watkins

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Robert Vickery

Humphreys & Co
Rhyl
Tel: 01492 532255

Delyth Underwood

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Nick Tuson

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Neil Turnbull

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Michael Tree

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Pamela Thorniley

PJ Thorniley Solicitors
Chester

Johanna Thompson

5 Stanley Place
Chester
Tel: 0151 326 2340

Rhian Thomas

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Kevin Thomas

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
Oswestry

Nicola Thomas

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Huw Thomas

Freelance Consultant
Llangollen

Mat Taylor

Wildes Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Ian Sydenham

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Melanie Sumner

Dixon Rigby Keogh
Northwich

Lesley Stuart

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Darlene Storrar

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Anton Stirrett

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Dennis Stevenson

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Patrick Stevens

Stevens Lucas
Chirk
Tel: 01691 777949

Elinor Skinner

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Joanne Shelley

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

David Scott

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Jenny Scott

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Robert Salisbury

Gamlins
Rhyl

Kirsty Ruddin

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

David Rudd

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Gerard Rooney

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

James Roochove

Manleys

Stephen Rodgers

Lewis Rodgers
Cheshire

Matthew Robertson

DTM Legal LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 354800

Huw Roberts

The Barn
Chester

Huw Roberts

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Donald Roberts

J W Hughes & Co
Conwy
Tel: 01492 596596

Alan Roberts

Hon. Member

Alan Roberts

Alan Roberts & Co Solicitors
Chester
Tel: 01244 548816

Elaine Richardson

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Jackie Rawcliffe

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Gwenno Price-Jones

Cyfraith JRL Law
Llanrwst
Tel: 01492 641222

John Prestt

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

John Powell

Corriemoor
North Wales

John Pickup

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

Thomas Pearson

JMW
Manchester

John Partington

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

David Parry

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Tom Parkinson

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Tim Parker

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Philip Palmer

Rigby & Co
Sandbach
Tel: 01270 766550

Helen Owen

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Peter Overmeer

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310 022

Sarah Noton

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Lachlan Nisbet

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Alan Newall

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Stephen Mullarkey

Stephen Mullarkey Solicitors
Holywell
Tel: 01352 710657

Dominic Moss

Personal Injury Practice Limited
Northwich
Tel: 01606 872200

Garry Morris

Gamlins
Rhyl

Jon Moriarty

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Richard Morgan-Wynne

Hall Smith Whittingham
Nantwich

Ian Moan

D P Roberts Hughes & Deyne
Ellesmere Port
Tel: 0151 645 4255

Ian Millington

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Martin Mensah

Barrister
Chambers

Natalie McNeil

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Philip McKeown

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Helen McFall

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Duncan McAllister

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Alan McAllester

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

David Mason

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

John Marshall

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Daniele Marks

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Mark Manley

Manleys
Chester

Paul Magee

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

David MacBryde

D K MacBryde & Co
Prestatyn
Tel: 01745 856404

James Lunt

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Karen Lucas

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Stephen Lloyd
Edward Lloyd

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812835

Geth Lloyd

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Richard Lloyd

GHP Legal
Oswestry
Tel: 01978 291456

Judy Lewis

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812835

Rory Lea

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Mark Lampkin

Lampkin & Co Solicitors
Buckley
Tel: 01244 525725

Robert Laing

JRL Law
Llanrwst
Tel: 01202 375330

David Lago

David Lago & Co
Cheshire

Tom Kinsey

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Lois Kingsley

Bone & Payne
Colwyn B
Tel: 01492 532385

Lindsey Kidd

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Nicholas Kennan

GHP Legal
Oswestry
Tel: 01978 291456

John Jones

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Victoria Jones

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Robin Jones

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Geraint Jones

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Samantha Jones

Gamlins
Rhyl

Gareth Jones

Cyril Jones & Co
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 367830

Caroline Jones

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Richard Jones

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289997

Barbara Jones

Capper & Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 752020

Mared Jones

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Allistair Jones

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Kathryn Jolly

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0800 984 6000

Chris Johnson

Moss Haselhurst
Winsford
Tel: 01606 74301

Helen John

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Helen Jellicoe

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Cath Hyatt

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Roland Humphreys

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Shan Hughes-Parry

Hughes Parry Ltd
Holywell

John Hughes

The Barn
Wrexham

John Hughes

T R Evans Hughes & Co
Holyhead

David Hughes

T R Evans Hughes & Co
Holyhead

Gerallt Hughes

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

John Hoult

Gamlins
Rhyl

Randal Hibbert

Hon Member

Melanie Haywood

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Steven Harvey

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

James Harris

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Richard Hallows

Hallows Associates
Mold
Tel: 01352 752773

Robin Guest

Keene & Kelly
Mold
Tel: 01352 753882

Roger Griffith

Bone & Payne
Llandudno
Tel: 01492 876354

John Gregory

Keene & Kelly
Mold
Tel: 01352 753882

Andrew Graves

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Elizabeth Granger

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Clare Graham

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

James Goddard

S A S Daniels
Chester

Helen Glynne-Jones

Distinctive Partnership Limited
Rossett Wrexham

Helen Glaze

Distinctive Partnership Limited
Rossett Wrexham

Robin Gill

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Andrew Gibson

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Tony Gibbons

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Colette Fletcher

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Jeffrey Fletcher

J M Fletcher & Co
Cheshire
Tel: 01270 764268

Lynn Fleming

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Sioned Ewing

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Ceri Evans

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Marianne Evans

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Mark Evans

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Stephen Edwards

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Huw Edwards

Bone & Payne
Llandudno
Tel: 01492 876354

Ian Edwards

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Bridget Earlam

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289 997

Maxen Eames-Hughes

Osborns
Colwyn Bay
Tel: 01492 530329

Anna Eager

Poole Alcock LLP
Chester

Anna Duffy

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Richard Drew

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Carol Draycott

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289 997

Liam Doherty

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Jane Devine

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Tim Dennis

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Brian Dawson

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Chris Dawson

Humphrys & Co
ColwynBa
Tel: 01492 532255

Huw Davies

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Paul Davies

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Nesta Davies

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Hywel Davies

Howell Jones & Co
Abergele

Steve Davies

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 29100

Helen Davenport

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Michael Cunnah

Cyril Jones & Co
Shotton
Tel: 01244 812109

Nick Cummings

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Gillian Crump

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Richard Creasey

Richard Creasey
Post Office
Tel: 01723 363553

Paul Craddock

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

David Cowdry

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Paul Coombs

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Kay Cook

Oliver & Co
Chester

Peter Collins

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Alexandra Collett

Hill Dickinson
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Geoff Cogan

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Faye Coaker

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Jennie Clayton

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Tricia Clarke

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Tricia Chatterton

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289997

Joanne Charles

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

Richard Chamberlain

Swayne Johnson LTD
St Asaph

Kenneth Cartwright

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Robert Capper

Capper & Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 752020

Hugh Butler

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Peter Butler

GHP Legal
Wrexham

Natasha Brownhill

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Mark Brown

Wilde’s Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Claire Brooke

Gamlins
Menai Bridge

Claire Brook

Aaron & Partners LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 459 566

Tony Britlin

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Alison Brindley-Slater

Storrar Cowdry
Chester

Alison Brennan

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Alison Brebner

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Stephanie Brayshaw

Aaron & Partners
Chester
Tel: 01244 459566

Andrew Bogle

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Peter Blakemore

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Elisabeth Bellamy

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Adele Bebbington-Plant

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Andrew Bartley

Jolliffe & Co
Chester

Pierre Bartlett

Bartlett & Son
Chester
Tel: 01244 313301

John Arnold

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Philip Appleby

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Susan Alexander

Russell & Russell
Chester

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M F Brown (Cheshire)

2011

P.J. Butler (Wrexham)

2010

J. Arnold (Chester)

2009

D. Stevenson (Frodsham)

2008

J.D.M. Jones (Mold)

2007

B.M. Dawson (Chester)

2006

D. Young (Nantwich)

2005

D.N.H. Parry (Wrexham)

2004

R.W. Jones (Chester)

2003

S.F. Lloyd (Northwich)

2002

H. Gethin Davies (Llangollen)

2001

N. Cummings (Chester)

2000

A.P. Rigby (Sandbach)

1999

R.A. Salisbury (Rhyll)

1998

R.J.S. Lea (Chester)

1997

J. Driver (Crewe)

1996

D.J. Hooson (Denbigh)

1995

C.J. Storrar (Chester)

1994

M. Jacobs (Ellesmere Port)

1993

Ann Hughes-Roberts (Rhyll)

1992

Elizabeth Roberts (Chester)

1991

T. Lowe (Cheshire)

1990

C. Glynne Jones (Wrexham)

1989

J.B. Pickup (Northwich)

1988

R. Hibbert (Chester)

1987

H. Jones (Rhyl)

1986

E.J. Davies (Nantwich)

1985

C.P. Roberts (Chester)

1984

Bryan Lewis (Ruthin)

1983

M.G. Morgan-Wynne (Nantwich)

1982

J.E.T. Bentley (Wrexham)

1981

J.H. Edwards (Chester)

1980

W.R. Cullimore (Chester)

1979

B.C. Kentish (Conwy)

1978

R.D. Durrad (Nantwich)

1977

Gwilym P. Griffiths (Holywell)

1976

T.S. Lea (Chester)

1975

E. Lloyd Jones (Bangor)

1974

J. Philip Whipp (Northwich)

1973

Miss C. Eirian Evans (Abergele)

1972

J. Myles Wilson (Chester)

1971

J.S. Haselhurst (Northwich)

1970

E.C. Marshall Hughes (Llanwst)

1969

H.L. Birch M.B.E (Chester)

1968

H. Glynne Jones (Wrexham)

1967

G. Eric Stelfox (Northwich)

1966

E. Talog-Davies (Ruthin)

1965

I.A. Edwards-Evans (Colwyn Bay)

1964

J.C. Blake (Chester)

1963

George Wallace (Ellesmere Port)

1962

Col. J. Douglas Porter (Conwy)
O.B.E/ D.L / M.A

1961

J.K.D. Roberts (Chester)

1960

A.R. Wittingham (Nantwich)

1959

E.A. Harris (Shotton)

1958

T. Wayman-Hales (Chester)

1957

T.J. Alcock (Sandbach)

1956

J. Kerfoot Roberts (Holywell)

1955

Alan M. Miln (Chester)

1954

R.W. Hill (Crewe)

1953

Cyril O. Jones (Wrexham)

1952

H. Potts (Chester)

1951

P. Timperley (Crewe)

1950

J.E. Hallmark (Llandudno)

1949

Alfred W. Chambers (Nothwich)

1948

Alfred W. Chambers (Nothwich)

1947

Joseph Lloyd (Rhyl)

1946

Joseph Lloyd (Rhyl)

1945

Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

1944

Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

1943

Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

1942

J. Frank Dickson (Nantwich)

1941

J. Frank Dickson (Nantwich)

1940

Frank Hatch (Wrexham)

1939

V.H. Dickson (Chester)

1938

A.O. Bevan (Nantwich)

1937

J. Trevor Roberts (Caernarvon)

1936

J.H. Dickson (Chester)

1935

H.M. Moss (Northwich)

1934

R.V. Johnson (Llandudno)

1933

W.H. Barnes (Chester)

1932

J.P. Wittingham (Nantwich)

1931

Jos. H. Bate (Wrexham)

1930

Henry G. Hope (Chester)

1929

F. Horace Cooke (Crewe)

1928

J.J. Marks (Llandudno)

1927

T. Moore Dutton (Chester)

1926

W.C. Deakin (Northwich)

1925

R.J. Kendrick (Wrexham)

1924

J. Percival Gamon (Chester)

1923

L. Caldecutt (Knutsford)

1922

Francis Nunn (Colwyn Bay)

1921

H.D. Jolliffe (Chester)

1920

LI. Hugh-Jones (Wrexham)

1919

H. Hatt-Cook (Northwich)

1918

E. Gardner (Chester)

1917

E. Gardner (Chester)

1916

J. Porter (Conwy)

1915

J. Porter  (Conwy)

1914

H.G. Roberts (Mold)

1913

T.H. Whitley (Nantwich)

1912

N.A.E. Way (Chester)

1911

L. Lloyd John (Corwen)

1910

R. Farmer (Chester)

1909

J. Hopley Pierce (Wrexham)

1908

Henry Martin (Nantwich)

1907

Henry Taylor (Chester)

1906

H.A. Cope (Holywell)

1905

Charles P. Douglas (Chester)

1904

Charles P. Douglas (Chester)

1903

Charles A. Jones (Caernarvon)

1902

Wm. Hy. Churton (Chester)

1901

F.W. Sharpe (Chester) (died)
F.E. Roberts (Chester)

1900

Jno. H. Cooke (Winsford)

1899

F.E. Roberts (Chester)

1898

R.S Chamberlain (Llandudno)

1897

H. J. Birch (Chester)

1896

H.J Birch (Chester)

1895

Frederick Cooke (Crewe)

1894

H.T Brown (Chester)

1893

John Davies (Denbigh)

1892

John Gamon (Chester)

1891

J. Allington Hughes (Wrexham)

1890

Sam Smith (Chester)

1889

T.T Kelly (Mold)

1888

Geo. Boydell (Chester)

1887

T. Bury (Wrexham)

1886

C.W Duncan (Chester)

1885

A. Carrington (Chester)

1884

A.S Weston (Denbigh)

1883

J. Cullimore (Chester)

Joanne McLeod

Representative Member
The Law Society
LSNW Reg. Office
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Mark Brown

Hon. Secretary
Taylor Brown
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Cheshire
CH65 0AA
Tel: (0151) 3782887
Email: mark@taylorbrownsolicitors.com

Thomas Pearson

Co-opted Member
JMW
Manchester
Tel: (0161) 828 1946
DX: 14372
Email: Thomas.Pearson@jmw.co.uk

Osian Lloyd Robert

Vice President Elect
Guthrie Jones & Jones
29 Ruthin Road, Denbigh LL16 3EH,
North Wales.
Tel: 01745 814817
Email: dinbych@guthriejj.co.uk

Robert Williams

North WalesCommittee-Robert Williams
GHP Legal
Wrexham
DX: 26663
Email: robert.williams@ghplegal.co.uk

Michael Tree

North WalesMichaelTree
Swayne Johnson Limited
Denbigh
Tel: (01745) 812835
DX: 32384
Email: michael@swaynejohnson.com

James Roochove

ChesterCheshire & North Wales Law Society AGM-2
University of Law
Christleton Hall
Chester CH3 7AB
Email James.Roochove@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216862

Freddie Storrar

ChesterFreddie Storrar
Storrar Cowdry
16, White Friars
Chester CH1 1NZ
Email freddie.storrar@storrarcowdry.co.uk
Tel: (01244) 400 567

James Harris

Chester
Jolliffe & Co
Tel: (01244) 310022
DX: 19997
Email: jh@jolliffes.com

Scott McCrimmon

Cheshire
Jacobs
Ellesmere Port
Tel: (01513) 558481
DX: 15355
Email: SM@jacobslaw.co.uk

Carol Draycott

Vice-President
University of Law
Christleton Hall
Christleton
Chester
CH3 7AB
Tel: (01483) 216984
Email: Carol.Draycott@lawcol.co.uk

Andrew Graves

Hon. TreasurerCommittee-Andrew Graves
Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: (01928) 736638
DX: 15604
Email: Andrew.Graves@Rowlinsons.co.uk

John B Pickup

Co-opted MemberCommittee-John B Pickup
36 Landswood Park
Hartford
Northwich
CW8 1NF
Tel: (01606) 74970
Email: johnpickup@btinternet.com

Mark Evans

Council Member
Allington Hughes
Llanwrst
Tel: (01492) 641222
DX: 711490
Email: mark.evans@allingtonhughes.co.uk

Ron Davison

Immed. Past President
Gamlins
Rhyl 1
Tel: (01745) 343500
DX: 17352
Email: ron.davison@gamlins.co.uk

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J.C.Owen (Wrexham)

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C.T.W. Parry (Chester)

Denis Stevenson

CheshireCommittee-Denis Stevenson
Rowlinsons Solicitors
Frodsham
Tel: (01928) 736669
DX: 15601
Email: Denis.Stevenson@Rowlinsons.co.uk

Gerry Rooney

CheshireCommittee-Gerry Rooney
Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: (01606) 74301
DX: 23806
Email: gmr@mosshaselhurst.co.uk

2014

M. Evans (Llanrwst)

2013

Darlene Storrar (Chester)

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President Attends Local Property Professionals Annual Dinner

CAAEAS Annual Dinner 2018

CNWLS Past Presidents' Lunch 2018

President Amy Norman represented the Society at the Chester Association of Auctioneers, Estate Agents & Surveyors’ 69th Annual Dinner on Friday 30th November 2018 at the Grosvenor Hotel.

CNWLS is proud to support the continued close working relationship between the region’s legal and property sectors.

 

 


 

We are recruiting committee members!

We currently have a number of vacancies on the Society Committee. If you are passionate about the law and your region and are interested in helping your local society to support, promote and represent its members, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here or by contacting the President, Amy Norman.

Committee Vacancies – Your Local Law Society Needs You!

CNWLS Committee Vacancies – Get Involved!

  • Would you like to be involved in your local law society?
  • Would you like to work to bring together the professionals from across the region through social and training events?
  • Would you like to be a key player in improving communications with our members and building relationships with our stakeholders?
  • Would you like to grow your own network in the region and meet committee members from other local law societies at national conferences?
  • Would you like to help change the public’s perception of the legal profession?
  • Would you like to be the link between the National Law Society and its members?

This is an exciting time to be a member of the CNWLS committee, and for the society generally.

The society and our region has a unique make up of city and rural practices, with large national firms through to single practitioners, and it is important that our committee reflects the diversity of our membership.

As a committee member, you can help shape and contribute to the continued relevance and value of society membership.

As an example, we’re undertaking a 12 month project to improve the way in which we communicate and engage with our members.

Members will be receiving a new quarterly newsletter updating on what the committee have been up to at a local and national level, letting you know about member events, and providing you with information from the National Society such as policy and consultation updates. We will be inviting members to make contributions to the newsletters and to a blog section which will appear on our updated website.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in this project, please get in touch with the current President, Amy Norman on 01606 334309 or email anorman@butcher-barlow.co.uk 

Amy will talk you through the project, and answer any questions you may have generally about getting involved and becoming a committee member.

You don’t have to currently be a member of the Society to express an interest, although if you did want to join the committee we can talk you through membership options.

Good ideas come when we work together – be part of the CNWLS committee and help us help you, our members.

Annual Past Presidents’ Lunch 2018

Past Presidents’ Lunch 2018

CNWLS Past Presidents' Lunch 2018

On Thursday 28th November 2018, the Cheshire & North Wales Law Society Past Presidents’ Lunch took place at Chester Racecourse.

The lunch provides an annual opportunity for current and past members to sit together and discuss issues affecting law in our region and to generally catch up!

In attendance were:

Michael Tree, Swayn Johnson Solicitors, CNWLS Vice President Carol DraycottUniversity of Law, Osian RobertsGuthrie Jones & Jones, CNWLS Current President Amy NormanButcher & Barlow Solicitors and Notaries, Freddie StorrarStorrar Cowdry, John Pickup, Randal Hibbert [retired], Mark Brown – Taylor Brown Solicitors, Ron DavisonGamlins Law, Mark EvansAllington Hughes Law, David Parry [retired], John ArnoldCullimore Dutton Solicitors Limited, Gerry Rooney – Mosshaselhurst Solicitors, Denis StevensonRowlinsons Solicitors

 


 

We are recruiting committee members!

We currently have a number of vacancies on the Society Committee. If you are interested in helping your local society to support, promote and represent its members across the region’s legal profession, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here or by contacting the President, Amy Norman.

Valedictory Address: His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL

On Monday 19th November 2018, CNWLS Committee Member and Past-President Ron Davison attended the valedictory of His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL, Honorary Recorder of Chester Crown Court, in Court 1, Chester Crown Court.

Representing the Society, Ron delivered the following address:

Your Honour,

On behalf of the 146,000 solicitor members of the Law Society and more particularly those of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society may I say what a great honour it is to play my small part in your valedictory address.

We have always considered His Honour to be a friend to solicitors, although I suspect many of them standing before him in this Court room may not have felt as comfortable as I do today.

I spoke to a number of criminal solicitors when preparing this address and what became apparent was that His Honour is well liked, hugely respected and will be sorely missed. One of my own solicitors seemed however relatively pleased Judge Dutton would not be sentencing his client next month. Read in to that what you will!

I know he was very proud to be offered the role as Honorary Recorder of Chester Crown Court and he has discharged his duties diligently and with his usual passion.

It would be remiss not to mention in this Court his predecessor, His Honour Judge Elgan Edwards, an equally great man who sadly did not live to enjoy the benefit of receiving his own valedictory. His Honour Judge Dutton certainly had large boots to fill. I am sure everyone would agree that he has filled them handsomely.

I am proud to be able to speak personally about my friendship with His Honour, which is rooted in our support of Welsh Rugby.

I am reminded of an occasion shortly before a Six Nations Scotland away trip when Judge Dutton was asked to adjourn a Trial by Mr Robert Trevor Jones. Now, Counsel was not particularly persuasive in his arguments – advancing very little reasoning hoping that our learned Judge would remember his social calendar and the plans made to travel up the day before the game.

No such luck I’m afraid. Application refused “Justice delayed is justice denied”

Undeterred, Mr Trevor Jones repeated his application feeling assured the penny would shortly drop. Sadly not. “Under no circumstances would there be an adjournment.”

His Honour I am led to understand was becoming increasingly frustrated.

One last desperate attempt was made but this time 3 critical words were included in the submissions. “Travel difficulties “ and “Murrayfield”.

Application granted – Trial adjourned for a month. Justice it would seem on this occa- sion could wait; there was after all a Grand Slam at stake.

We wish His Honour all the best for the future and hope that he will always remain a friend to solicitors. I can assure him that solicitors, this one especially, will of course, always remain a friend to him.

Ymddeoliad hapus – Happy retirement Your Honour

 

CNWLS Family Walk

CNWLS Family Walk – On Saturday 14th July, Cheshire & North Wales Law Society joined with Liverpool Law Society for the Societies annual Family Walk.

This year’s walk was arranged by Liverpool Law society and took us in to the hills over Prestatyn, Wales.

The sun shone brightly as the dozen or so walkers arrived at Graig Fawr for a pre walk picnic before setting off along the Offa’s Dyke Path.  The path runs 177 miles all the way from North to South Wales although fortunately we were only expected to walk a couple of miles of it! I think we managed to find some of the steepest parts though!

The path provided us with spectacular views of the North Wales coastline, the Clwydian Range and beyond.  Great company and the promise of an ice cream when we reached Prestatyn sea front kept us all going for the 3 1/2 miles to the sea.

After an ice cream and a quick check of the England v Belgium score, we headed off back into Prestatyn to join the Dyserth to Prestatyn way, a disused railway branch which has been transformed for walkers and cyclists.

We arrived back at Graig Fawr with 6 miles and 39 floors under our belt before heading for lovely meal at the  New In in Dyserth.

Many thanks to Liverpool Law Society for organising this years walk.

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Solicitor Apprenticeships

University of Law logoSolicitor Apprenticeships – Jason O’Malley, Director of Apprenticeships, at the University of Law explains the benefits of the Solicitor Apprenticeship route to qualification and how, in particular, many non-levy paying firms are unaware of the excellent opportunity available to them:

A new way to qualify as a Solicitor

Did you know that since 2016 it has been possible to qualify as a solicitor via an apprenticeship route? In addition, whilst levy paying firms are able to utilise their levy funds, non-levy paying firms are able to have 90% of the training costs paid for by the Government. Whilst there have been shorter paralegal level apprenticeships in existence for a number of years, many firms are now helping their staff qualify as solicitors to full qualification.

In recent years the Government has encouraged universities to develop degree level apprenticeship programmes. The solicitor apprenticeship is just one of many programmes to have launched or be in development.

Apprentices work and study over a 5-6 year period, within an employment contract. Individuals on the solicitor programme do not incur any student debt, but still have the opportunity to undertake an LLB and the SRA’s new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). On successful completion of the SQE and a qualifying work experience, apprentices will be admitted to the roll, subject to satisfying the SRA’s character and suitability test.

Law firms across the country are already taking advantage of this opportunity, using it to attract new talent into the firm or enabling existing staff to upskill themselves and in so doing increase their staff retention rates.

So how could this work for your firm?

• Apprentices can be new recruits or existing staff. There are no age limits so there are currently school leavers, paralegals progressing from a lower level apprenticeship and examples of existing support staff all being given the opportunity to qualify via this route. (Minimum entry criteria are three A levels at grade C and above and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English).
• Each apprentice is working toward the SQE assessment and as a prerequisite to this has to develop a work-based portfolio of evidence based on the statement of solicitor competency and the requirements of the SQE.
• A dedicated solicitor assessor from the University of Law will work with the supervising solicitor to ensure this happens.
• The apprentice must, in accordance with the funding rules, be given one day a week to study. The programme at the University of Law has been designed to allow flexibility for each employer to choose when this protected time for off-the-job training is scheduled each week.
• Apprentices study via a blended programme supported with live webinars and some face-to-face sessions.
For more information on the benefits for your firm, see our Head of Apprenticeships’ guide: https://www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships/employer/
And to hear what our apprentices think: https://www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships/students/

How is this paid for?

In 2017 the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers whose payroll exceeds £3 million p.a. pay a 0.5% tax on their total UK payroll. In England, these central Government funds are then allocated for the provision of apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeships are funded either fully via the Government for levy paying firms, who are essentially recouping their levy, or on a co-funded basis for firms who are not paying in to the levy, or who have exhausted their levy. Here 90% of cost is paid by the Government and employers contribute just 10% of the cost in monthly payments spread over the course of the programme.

For more information on the programme, its benefits for employers and apprentices, please contact the University of Law apprenticeshipenquiries@law.ac.uk

The University of Law is the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds, as well as collaborations with The University of Exeter, The University of Reading and The University of Liverpool. Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.

We specialise in teaching and focus our energy on developing innovative, highly effective teaching and learning methods that equip students for their professional career. We have more than 250 qualified and experienced solicitors, barristers and judges as our tutors, enabling us to help students develop the practical skills that can make all the difference when starting a career in law.

To speak directly to our specialist account managers:

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Email: paul.frith@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216062 or Mobile: 07770 496046

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Email: ben.campbell@law.ac.uk
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Email: Jason.omalley@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216112 or Mobile: 07816 282893

Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference 2018

Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference 2018

On a sunny Friday Morning in May, President Amy Norman and Vice President Carol Draycott boarded a train bound for London and the 2018 Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference.

TPresidents conference image 1he two day conference, held at the home of the Law Society on Chancery Lane, brings together officers from all local law societies in England and Wales, from those with only a handful of members to those with over 5000.

With presentations from Joe Egan, President of the Law Society, Christina Blacklaws, incoming President, Interim Chief Executive Paul Tennant and Chair of the Law Society Board Robert Bourns the event was always going to be enlightening and passionate about the Law Society.  Breakout groups on topics relevant to local law societies such as social media presence and influencing policy, together with the reveal of the Local Law Societies Handbook meant that delegates came away with a wealth of knowledge and ideas for their own Society.

Friday evening brought with it a black tie dinner in the Common Room which looked stunning lit with candelabras.

Amy and Carol came away from the conference having shared ideas with many other local law society representatives and forging some long term relationships which they will be ready to build upon at the Local Law Society Conference to be hosted by Leicester Law Society in the Autumn.

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DASLS Annual Awards Dinner

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Earlier this month, President Amy Norman was a guest at the Devon and Somerset Law Society Annual Awards Dinner at the Riviera International Convention Centre in Torquay. The event was hosted by immediate Past President Sue Aggett.  The dinner was due to take place on 1st March but due to the uncharacteristic snowy weather it had to be postponed and in the meantime the Society held their AGM and appointment Stephen Mahoney as President.  Amy was lucky enough to be seated next to Stephen, who was able to take a back seat for the evening, and was looked after extremely well!

The special guest for the evening was Mike Tindall MBE who was interviewed by news and sports broadcast journalist Mark Tyler. It was certainly a no holds barred interview with Mike answering every question thrown at him with wit and humour.

DASLS and the C&NWLS are part of a joint group of 6 local law societies from across the country. The purpose of this venture is to share views, knowledge and ideas on issues affecting local law societies and their members and when appropriate make joint representations. Particularly, the benefit of this union is a greater voice derived from a combined membership of more then 4000  and a strength in numbers in matters such as consultation responses and parliamentary lobbying.

Amy would like thank DASLS for inviting her to be a guest at their dinner.

Law Society Council meeting summary: 21 March 2018
Law Society Council meeting summary: 21 March 2018
Council met on 21 March in Manchester, emphasising the Law Society’s role in representing, promoting and supporting solicitors across the whole of England and Wales. As well as the normal business of Council, the opportunity was taken to engage with a wide range of local stakeholders from across the legal sector, including a meeting with a group of local law students. There was a well-attended evening reception on 20 March in the Manchester Art Gallery for members of the profession and other key contacts. Council then spent the day on 21 March on its business agenda. This included a substantial discussion of work which is under way to position the Law Society for the future, including transforming the Society’s IT systems, making better use of the Society’s property, and enabling staff to work more flexibly, all with the aim of making the Society a truly member-focused organisation.

Changes to governance for 2018
Council passed a complete set of amendments to the General Regulations, which are in effect the Law Society’s ‘standing orders’, consolidating all of the recent changes in the governance arrangements of the Society including the creation of the new Board and its two supporting Committees. This created what is basically a new set of General Regulations and marked an important stage in the transition. Council also received its first report from the new Board, covering matters including an update on organisational performance, the Law Society’s communications, preliminary audit findings, and the Board’s future agenda. The Board membership is now complete, with Lubna Shuja, one of the Council members for the Solicitors’ Sole Practitioners’ Group, joining the Board ex officio as chair of the new Membership and Operations Committee.

Lobbying on Brexit
There was a presentation to Council on the Law Society’s work on Brexit which continues to feature prominently on the agenda. Council affirmed the Society’s continuing commitment to market access, now calling for a deep relationship with the single market as a guarantee of this. The Society also continues to focus on continued civil and family justice co-operation; collaboration in policing, security and criminal justice; robust and clear transitional arrangements; and the ongoing promotion of the jurisdiction of England and Wales. Continued high-profile engagement with government and with parliamentarians more widely was noted by Council, with the Law Society receiving many mentions in parliamentary committee reports. Engagement also continues with the EU and other European stakeholders.

Presidential year plan
Council endorsed the presidential year plan for Christina Blacklaws’ forthcoming year as president which is due to begin in July 2018. Among the areas of focus will be continuing to lead the ‘pride in the profession’ campaign, a workstream on diversity and inclusion including a programme on women in leadership in the law, and a wide range of activities to encourage access to the profession for the best candidates regardless of their social background. Work on the future of legal services will focus particularly on technological innovation as a driver of change. And there will also be a focus on championing the Law Society’s programme of work on mental health, wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.

Member communications and engagement
Council noted that a new joiners’ pack is now being sent to all members on admission to the roll, including a welcome letter from the president and a copy of the Society’s member handbook. Council was also pleased to learn that a refreshed digital monthly e-newsletter for over 100 local law societies and for Council members was to be launched from April 2018 including accessible and timely content focusing on key overall themes for the profession and on regional and topical spotlights. The Law Society has also continued to develop guidance, products and services for the profession on the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Political engagement
Council heard of continued relationship building with the new ministerial teams, including the new Lord Chancellor David Gauke MP, and the new Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP, covering priorities on access to justice, court modernisation, personal injury reform, and the Society’s early advice campaign. In January the Law Society and its campaigns were positively mentioned in Parliament on 17 occasions. The early advice campaign has so far resulted in significant parliamentary interest and a commitment by the Labour Party to reintroduce legal aid for early advice in family cases. It was noted that close collaboration continues with the Welsh Revenue Authority continues, including a joint survey on awareness of the new Land Transaction Tax.

International engagement
In addition to the work on Brexit mentioned earlier, Council noted a seminar organised by the Society on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, with focus on Egypt, as well as engagement with the British Italian Law Association, a delegation of students from the India Think Council, and a visit to Russia in response to ongoing discussion about the reform of the legal profession there.
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Dinners, dates and dancing

Amy Norman has got her year of Presidency swiftly underway with attendance at two annual dinners in the space of two weeks!

The first dinner attended was that of the Chester and North Wales branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales which was held at the Chester Grosvenor on 9th March.  Amy was invited by Chairman Zoe Davenport. After dinner entertainment was provided by Wild Humphrey who excels in recalling facts and figures, particularly in relation to dates.

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The following Friday was The Insurance Institute of Chester and North Wales’ annual dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Chester.  A smaller and rather livelier affair, the after dinner entertainment was a disco and a photo booth.

 

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Amy Norman with President Brian Gelling

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Amy would like to thank both organisations for their kind invites and wish the Chairman and President best wishes for their term.

Cheshire & North Wales Law Society elect new President & raise money for local Cancer Centre

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The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society have elected its new President for 2018/19.

Amy Norman, a partner at Butcher & Barlow solicitors whose focus is on marketing and business development, is the first non practicing solicitor to head the Society. Her objective for her year in office is to improve engagement with members, of which there are over 400,  and the wider legal community to ensure that our local law society is delivering the services that are wanted and needed.

Amy’s first duties were to host the Society’s annual dinner which was attended by over 230 lawyers and their guests from across the region.  A charity raffle which took place on the evening, with prizes being donated from local organisations and business. raised over £1300 for Amy’s nominated charity the year, The Christie Foundation Trust. The Charity raises funds for enhanced Cancer care at the Christie NHS Trust, one of the largest Cancer specialist treatment centres in Europe.

Amy was delighted to welcome the national Law Society president Joe Egan to the event, and he provided some insightful comments on current challenges facing the profession, most notably in relation to the current Brexit negotiations.

The coming year offers a host of legal training sessions run by the Society covering various areas of law, including hot topics such as the new GDPR data protection regulations.

Amy said “It is a great honour to be elected as the President of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society and to kick start the year with a fantastic dinner with so many people attending from the local legal community. It demonstrates what a committed region we are and which showed lots of promise for the future of our profession with guests from the Junior Lawyers Division and the University or Law.  By improving engagement with our membership, and our potential membership, we can work with and showcase the tremendous local legal talent we have in this region, and assist with delivering excellent legal services to the local community and beyond.”

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Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession

Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession.

The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the legal profession.

“People working in law across the world have spoken out about the challenges the profession faces in achieving gender equality,” said Law Society vice president Christina Blacklaws.

“I am a passionate believer in equality. Where there is inequality, I will not flinch from tackling it. I know I’m not alone in this – justice, fairness and the rule of law are what drew most of us to the legal profession.

“Unconscious bias in the legal profession was the most commonly identified barrier to career progression for women, while flexible working was seen as a remedy by an overwhelming 91% of respondents to our survey.

“Interestingly while half of all respondents said they thought there had been progress on gender equality over the last five years there was a significant difference in perception by gender with 74% of men reporting progress in gender equality compared to only 48% of women.”

Key figures:

  • 7,781 people responded to the Law Society’s Women in the Law survey (5,758 women, 554 men and 1,469 unknown or other)
  • 74% of men and 48% of women reported progress on gender equality in the last 5 years (overall 50%)
  • Main barriers to career progression perceived as:

– Unconscious bias (52%)

However, only 11% said unconscious bias training is consistently carried out in their organisation

– Unacceptable work/life balance demanded to reach senior levels (49%)

– Traditional networks/routes to promotion are male orientated (46%)

– Current resistance to flexible working practices (41%)

  • 91% of respondents said flexible working is critical to improving diversity

– 52% work in an organisation where flexible working is in place

  • 60% are aware of gender pay gap in their place of work

– Only 16% see visible steps taken to address gender pay gap

Christina Blacklaws concluded: “With our women in leadership programme, the Law Society is committed to giving women and men in law the tools to make positive changes towards gender equality.

“Every law firm, lawyer and client will benefit from greater equality in our places of work. I believe the justice system will also be stronger if the legal professions better reflects the values we uphold.”

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Amy Norman

President
Butcher & Barlow LLP
3 Royal Mews
Gadbrook Park,
Northwich CW9 7UD
Tel: (01606) 334309
Email: anorman@butcher-barlow.co.uk

Law Society Presidents and Secretaries conference – 5/6th May

Our President Ron Davison, together with our Council member Mark Evans, attended at the annual Law Society Presidents and Secretaries conference held at Chancery Lane in London. The conference was a success providing a great deal of insight and new ideas in relation to a number of issues faced locally and nationally.

University of Law Prize Giving – 27th April

Our President Ron Davison attended a prize giving ceremony at The University of Law and was particularly pleased to present to a trainee in his own firm. Miss Hollie Aspinall, won a prize in private client.

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Bartletts Solicitors
16 Nicholas Street
Chester CH1 2NX
Email: redwards@bartletts.co.uk
Tel: (01244) 313301

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Dinner of Cheshire and North Wales Chartered Insurance Institute – 31st March

Our President Ron Davison together with his wife Christine attended the annual ball of the Chartered Insurance Institute dinner on 31st March at Chester Golf Club and received an address by the President Warren Bentham.

Dinner of Cheshire and North Wales Institute of Chartered Accountants – 10th March, 2017

Our President, Ron Davison attended the annual dinner of the Cheshire and North Wales Institute of Chartered Accountants which took place at the Chester Grosvenor on the 10th March, 2017.

Cheshire and North Wales Law Society Dinner – 17th February, 2017

This years annual dinner was a huge success with over 252 attendees.

Robert Borns, President of the Law Society, attended and provided a stirring address highlighting the issues that solicitors face both nationally and locally. He again reiterated the need for engagement with all of the profession in order to combat the various challenges that we will face in the forthcoming years.

His Honour Judge Roger Dutton QC entertained all with great humour and the night was enjoyed by all.
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BIBA Dinner

Vice President of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society, Mr Ron Davison, attended the British Insurance Broker’s Association (North West) annual dinner at the impressive Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

 Alex Bielinski, President, gave a rousing speech highlighting challenges within the industry. 

Response to the SRA proposals for changes to the Handbook

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society prepared a response to the latest Solicitors Regulation Authority proposals. The Chief Executive of the Law Society said “SRA proposals for changes to their Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation and to solicitors’ account rules, if accepted, will leave your clients with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession”.  The response on behalf of our members helped the Law Society to inform a response on behalf of the profession.

Looking to the Future – Flexibility and Public Protection and – SRA Accounts Rules Review

The CNWLS represent Solicitors in the geographical area covering North Wales and Cheshire – from Anglesey to Chester to Northwich.  This papers sets out the thoughts of the Committee of the CNWLS on Flexibility and Public Protection and the SRA Accounts Rules Review.

We are a smaller Law Society and do not have the opportunity or resources to consider such “weighty matters” in the same way as other Law Societies, however as a Committee we felt it was very important to respond.  We have therefore called upon our close relationship with Liverpool Law Society.  Having read their response, we wish to fully endorse its contents and would add the following thoughts.

Flexibility and Public Protection

It is understood that the SRA is aiming to increase the supply and variety of legal services for the benefit of consumers.

However, it is felt that the Rule of Law should be the first and paramount concern.  The protection of consumers can only be fulfilled if the Rule of Law is at the heart of all decisions made in relation to regulation.

The Committee are concerned that the SRA’s proposals for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession.

The SRA proposals will enable solicitors to work for unregulated entities providing unreserved legal activities to the public. Such solicitors will be subject to a new Code of Conduct for Solicitors but the organisations they work for will not be subject to the SRA’s proposed new Code of Conduct for Firms.

This has potentially serious implications in a number of areas including: client protection, legal professional privilege, professional supervision, competition and the standing of the solicitor profession. There are also a number of areas of ambiguity in the proposals which MUST be clarified by the SRA.

The proposed changes will place individual solicitors working in unregulated organisations in a difficult and uncertain position.

The Committee has noted – particularly through the involvement with the Law Society’s National Conference for Local Law Societies, that preserving the solicitor brand and encouraging the profession to “stand up and take responsibility for itself” is at the heart of what the SRA seeks to do – this is reflected in the requirements for CPD.

It is also at the heart of what the Law Society is seeking to do.  In recent years, it seems that the SRA has fundamentally shifted in its approach to the Law Society, its Members and regulation – which from the practitioners’ viewpoint is a huge breath of fresh air.  It would seem a great pity were the SRA to “overstep the mark” by damaging the perceived integrity and standing of Solicitors.  Solicitors must be allowed to practice with certainty within one single regulatory regime.  This will retain the authenticity of the Solicitor brand and maintain the Rule of Law.

SRA Accounts Rules Review

It is understood that the SRA is aiming to allow firms greater flexibility in management of their businesses by making the rules simpler.  This is also to reduce “red tape” and compliance costs. Both of these aims are considered to be praiseworthy.

Whilst the proposed changes appear to simplify the Solicitor Accounts Rules, the CNWLS is concerned that less detailed and prescriptive rules will prove difficult to administer for both firms and accountants.  There is already a great deal of uncertainty about whether firms are compliant.  CNWLS do not believe that their clients are concerned with the Solicitor Accounts Rules.  Using this to change the Rules is not considered good reason.

The integrity of Solicitors and their Firms or organisations is at the heart of the Profession.  Removing the need for some Firms to have a client account and reducing the number of Firms requiring an accountant’s report will be seen to remove transparency and accountability and therefore strikes at the heart of the Solicitors’ integrity and ability to uphold the Rule of Law.  This will make it harder to detect any genuine wrongdoing.

We note that LLS have Reference is made in the consultation to the fact that over 50% of firms that hold client money received a qualified accountant’s report in the period June 2012 to December 2013 but only 179 of those were referred for consideration for further regulatory action. The Committee agree that this does not justify the changes proposed.

Diana Williams President

Cheshire and North Wales Law Society

20th September 2016

Residential Property Law Seminar

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society headed to St Asaph this week for their committee meeting, ahead of a Residential Property Law Update seminar.

Over 35 delegates attending the early evening event at Glyndwr University.  Paul Butt, consultant solicitor at Rowlinsons solicitors in Frodsham, Cheshire provided  a concise and comprehensive review of recent case law and other developments in the field of residential property. Particular attention was given to the increasing problem of fraud and the liability of law firm’s for third party fraud.  Certainly, the seminar highlighted internal procedures that firms need to be on top of.

If you are interested in attending a seminar hosted by the CNWLS, click here to take to the programme of forthcoming events: Training Dates  Attendance for members is free of charge, with a £25 fee for non-members.  All seminars carry CPD accreditation.

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C&NWLS & Liverpool Law Society – Family Walk – Sunday 11th September 2016

Last year we organised a walk up Moel Famua, this year Liverpool Law Society hosted and organised a family walk at Parkgate for members of both societies. Special thanks to Alistair and Ruth Fletcher who led the party on the day.

We set off on a three hour circular walk from The Boathouse Pub along the Dee Estuary. Lovely weather,  easy company and many laughs along the way finishing off back at The Boathouse.  Thanks to everyone who attended.

Next year it will fall upon our Society to organise the now annual family event.

Mark Evans

Council Member – Cheshire & North Wales

The University of Law, CNWLS and CNWJLD Charity BBQ

The University of Law made the most of their beautiful grounds and surroundings when they hosted their annual alumni barbecue in the walled gardens at their campus in Christleton. For the first time at this event The University of Law teamed up with CNWLS and CNWJLD to raise money for Cancer Research UK by selling sweatshirts and asking for donations raising £200.

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The English summer weather meant that some activities were moved inside but many guests were still able to relax to the live music, meet up with old friends and enjoy the various activities on offer.

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All alumni of The University of Law (incorporating the College of Law) are invited to the barbecue and following on from the success of this year’s collaboration with CNWLS and CNWLJD to raise money for charity this is another way in which all three organisations hope to work together in the future.

CNWLS Social at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel

The Cheshire and North Wales Law Society enjoyed a very civilised evening of wine and canapes at the elegant and iconic Chester Grosvenor Hotel in Chester city centre on the evening of Tuesday 20 September.  Members and guests enjoyed the opportunity to socialise and network with professional colleagues from across Cheshire and North Wales.

Diana Williams

ChesterCommittee-Diana Williams
Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: (01244) 356789
DX: 19985
Email: diana.williams@cullimoredutton.co.uk

Catherine Carter

Representative Member
The Law Society
LS Relationship Management Executive North
Tel: 07812675150
Email: Catherine.Carter@LawSociety.org.uk

David Young

Hibberts LLP Solicitors
Nantwich

Craig Wright

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

David Wright

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Helen Wright

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Stephen Worrall

Chambers Fletcher LLP
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Denise Woodward

S A S Daniels
Chester

Emma Wilson

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Dion Williams

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Delyth Williams

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Brent Williams

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Robert Williams

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Diana Williams

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Peter Wilkinson

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Stephen Wilde

Wildes Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Pamela Whitley

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Leanne Wheeler

Manleys
Chester

Martin Weston

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Justine Watkinson

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Daniel Watkins

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Robert Vickery

Humphreys & Co
Rhyl
Tel: 01492 532255

Delyth Underwood

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Nick Tuson

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Neil Turnbull

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Michael Tree

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Pamela Thorniley

PJ Thorniley Solicitors
Chester

Johanna Thompson

5 Stanley Place
Chester
Tel: 0151 326 2340

Rhian Thomas

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Kevin Thomas

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
Oswestry

Nicola Thomas

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Huw Thomas

Freelance Consultant
Llangollen

Mat Taylor

Wildes Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Ian Sydenham

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Melanie Sumner

Dixon Rigby Keogh
Northwich

Lesley Stuart

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Darlene Storrar

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Anton Stirrett

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Dennis Stevenson

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Patrick Stevens

Stevens Lucas
Chirk
Tel: 01691 777949

Elinor Skinner

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Joanne Shelley

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

David Scott

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Jenny Scott

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Robert Salisbury

Gamlins
Rhyl

Kirsty Ruddin

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

David Rudd

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Gerard Rooney

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

James Roochove

Manleys

Stephen Rodgers

Lewis Rodgers
Cheshire

Matthew Robertson

DTM Legal LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 354800

Huw Roberts

The Barn
Chester

Huw Roberts

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Donald Roberts

J W Hughes & Co
Conwy
Tel: 01492 596596

Alan Roberts

Hon. Member

Alan Roberts

Alan Roberts & Co Solicitors
Chester
Tel: 01244 548816

Elaine Richardson

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Jackie Rawcliffe

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Gwenno Price-Jones

Cyfraith JRL Law
Llanrwst
Tel: 01492 641222

John Prestt

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

John Powell

Corriemoor
North Wales

John Pickup

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

Thomas Pearson

JMW
Manchester

John Partington

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

David Parry

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Tom Parkinson

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Tim Parker

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Philip Palmer

Rigby & Co
Sandbach
Tel: 01270 766550

Helen Owen

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Peter Overmeer

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310 022

Sarah Noton

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Lachlan Nisbet

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Alan Newall

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Stephen Mullarkey

Stephen Mullarkey Solicitors
Holywell
Tel: 01352 710657

Dominic Moss

Personal Injury Practice Limited
Northwich
Tel: 01606 872200

Garry Morris

Gamlins
Rhyl

Jon Moriarty

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812 835

Richard Morgan-Wynne

Hall Smith Whittingham
Nantwich

Ian Moan

D P Roberts Hughes & Deyne
Ellesmere Port
Tel: 0151 645 4255

Ian Millington

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Martin Mensah

Barrister
Chambers

Natalie McNeil

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Philip McKeown

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Helen McFall

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Duncan McAllister

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Alan McAllester

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

David Mason

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

John Marshall

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Daniele Marks

CFP Solicitors
Northwich
Tel: 01606 780400

Mark Manley

Manleys
Chester

Paul Magee

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

David MacBryde

D K MacBryde & Co
Prestatyn
Tel: 01745 856404

James Lunt

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Karen Lucas

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Stephen Lloyd
Edward Lloyd

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812835

Geth Lloyd

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Richard Lloyd

GHP Legal
Oswestry
Tel: 01978 291456

Judy Lewis

Swayne Johnson Ltd
Denbigh
Tel: 01745 812835

Rory Lea

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Mark Lampkin

Lampkin & Co Solicitors
Buckley
Tel: 01244 525725

Robert Laing

JRL Law
Llanrwst
Tel: 01202 375330

David Lago

David Lago & Co
Cheshire

Tom Kinsey

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Lois Kingsley

Bone & Payne
Colwyn B
Tel: 01492 532385

Lindsey Kidd

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Nicholas Kennan

GHP Legal
Oswestry
Tel: 01978 291456

John Jones

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Victoria Jones

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

Robin Jones

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Geraint Jones

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Samantha Jones

Gamlins
Rhyl

Gareth Jones

Cyril Jones & Co
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 367830

Caroline Jones

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Richard Jones

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289997

Barbara Jones

Capper & Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 752020

Mared Jones

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Allistair Jones

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Kathryn Jolly

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0800 984 6000

Chris Johnson

Moss Haselhurst
Winsford
Tel: 01606 74301

Helen John

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Helen Jellicoe

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Cath Hyatt

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Roland Humphreys

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Shan Hughes-Parry

Hughes Parry Ltd
Holywell

John Hughes

The Barn
Wrexham

John Hughes

T R Evans Hughes & Co
Holyhead

David Hughes

T R Evans Hughes & Co
Holyhead

Gerallt Hughes

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

John Hoult

Gamlins
Rhyl

Randal Hibbert

Hon Member

Melanie Haywood

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Steven Harvey

Hillyer McKeown
Chester
Tel: 08444 177177

James Harris

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Richard Hallows

Hallows Associates
Mold
Tel: 01352 752773

Robin Guest

Keene & Kelly
Mold
Tel: 01352 753882

Roger Griffith

Bone & Payne
Llandudno
Tel: 01492 876354

John Gregory

Keene & Kelly
Mold
Tel: 01352 753882

Andrew Graves

Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: 01928 735333

Elizabeth Granger

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Clare Graham

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

James Goddard

S A S Daniels
Chester

Helen Glynne-Jones

Distinctive Partnership Limited
Rossett Wrexham

Helen Glaze

Distinctive Partnership Limited
Rossett Wrexham

Robin Gill

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400 567

Andrew Gibson

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Tony Gibbons

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Colette Fletcher

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Jeffrey Fletcher

J M Fletcher & Co
Cheshire
Tel: 01270 764268

Lynn Fleming

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 89 6600

Sioned Ewing

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Ceri Evans

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Marianne Evans

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Mark Evans

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Stephen Edwards

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Huw Edwards

Bone & Payne
Llandudno
Tel: 01492 876354

Ian Edwards

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Bridget Earlam

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289 997

Maxen Eames-Hughes

Osborns
Colwyn Bay
Tel: 01492 530329

Anna Eager

Poole Alcock LLP
Chester

Anna Duffy

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Richard Drew

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Carol Draycott

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289 997

Liam Doherty

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Jane Devine

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Tim Dennis

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Brian Dawson

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Chris Dawson

Humphrys & Co
ColwynBa
Tel: 01492 532255

Huw Davies

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Paul Davies

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Nesta Davies

Llewellyn-Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 755305

Hywel Davies

Howell Jones & Co
Abergele

Steve Davies

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 29100

Helen Davenport

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Michael Cunnah

Cyril Jones & Co
Shotton
Tel: 01244 812109

Nick Cummings

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Gillian Crump

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Richard Creasey

Richard Creasey
Post Office
Tel: 01723 363553

Paul Craddock

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

David Cowdry

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Paul Coombs

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Kay Cook

Oliver & Co
Chester

Peter Collins

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Alexandra Collett

Hill Dickinson
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Geoff Cogan

Storrar Cowdry
Chester
Tel: 01244 400567

Faye Coaker

Griffiths Hughes & Parry
Holywell
Tel: 01352 711815

Jennie Clayton

Allington Hughes
Chester
Tel: 01244 312166

Tricia Clarke

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Tricia Chatterton

College of Law
Chester
Tel: 0800 289997

Joanne Charles

Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: 01606 74301

Richard Chamberlain

Swayne Johnson LTD
St Asaph

Kenneth Cartwright

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Robert Capper

Capper & Jones
Mold
Tel: 01352 752020

Hugh Butler

Jolliffe & Co
Chester
Tel: 01244 310022

Peter Butler

GHP Legal
Wrexham

Natasha Brownhill

Hill Dickinson LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 896600

Mark Brown

Wilde’s Solicitors Ltd
Neston
Tel: 0151 353 1899

Claire Brooke

Gamlins
Menai Bridge

Claire Brook

Aaron & Partners LLP
Chester
Tel: 01244 459 566

Tony Britlin

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Alison Brindley-Slater

Storrar Cowdry
Chester

Alison Brennan

DTM Legal LLP
Chester

Alison Brebner

Allington Hughes
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291000

Stephanie Brayshaw

Aaron & Partners
Chester
Tel: 01244 459566

Andrew Bogle

Walker Smith Way
Chester
Tel: 0844 346 3100

Peter Blakemore

GHP Legal
Wrexham
Tel: 01978 291456

Elisabeth Bellamy

Linder Myers LLP
Chester
Tel: 0844 984 6000

Adele Bebbington-Plant

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Andrew Bartley

Jolliffe & Co
Chester

Pierre Bartlett

Bartlett & Son
Chester
Tel: 01244 313301

John Arnold

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Philip Appleby

Cullimore Dutton
Chester
Tel: 01244 356789

Susan Alexander

Russell & Russell
Chester

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R.W. Jones (Chester)

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S.F. Lloyd (Northwich)

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H. Gethin Davies (Llangollen)

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N. Cummings (Chester)

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A.P. Rigby (Sandbach)

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R.A. Salisbury (Rhyll)

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R.J.S. Lea (Chester)

1997

J. Driver (Crewe)

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D.J. Hooson (Denbigh)

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C.J. Storrar (Chester)

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M. Jacobs (Ellesmere Port)

1993

Ann Hughes-Roberts (Rhyll)

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Elizabeth Roberts (Chester)

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T. Lowe (Cheshire)

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C. Glynne Jones (Wrexham)

1989

J.B. Pickup (Northwich)

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R. Hibbert (Chester)

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H. Jones (Rhyl)

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E.J. Davies (Nantwich)

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C.P. Roberts (Chester)

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Bryan Lewis (Ruthin)

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M.G. Morgan-Wynne (Nantwich)

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J.E.T. Bentley (Wrexham)

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J.H. Edwards (Chester)

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W.R. Cullimore (Chester)

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B.C. Kentish (Conwy)

1978

R.D. Durrad (Nantwich)

1977

Gwilym P. Griffiths (Holywell)

1976

T.S. Lea (Chester)

1975

E. Lloyd Jones (Bangor)

1974

J. Philip Whipp (Northwich)

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Miss C. Eirian Evans (Abergele)

1972

J. Myles Wilson (Chester)

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J.S. Haselhurst (Northwich)

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E.C. Marshall Hughes (Llanwst)

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H.L. Birch M.B.E (Chester)

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H. Glynne Jones (Wrexham)

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G. Eric Stelfox (Northwich)

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E. Talog-Davies (Ruthin)

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I.A. Edwards-Evans (Colwyn Bay)

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J.C. Blake (Chester)

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George Wallace (Ellesmere Port)

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Col. J. Douglas Porter (Conwy)
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J.K.D. Roberts (Chester)

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A.R. Wittingham (Nantwich)

1959

E.A. Harris (Shotton)

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T. Wayman-Hales (Chester)

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T.J. Alcock (Sandbach)

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J. Kerfoot Roberts (Holywell)

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Alan M. Miln (Chester)

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R.W. Hill (Crewe)

1953

Cyril O. Jones (Wrexham)

1952

H. Potts (Chester)

1951

P. Timperley (Crewe)

1950

J.E. Hallmark (Llandudno)

1949

Alfred W. Chambers (Nothwich)

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Alfred W. Chambers (Nothwich)

1947

Joseph Lloyd (Rhyl)

1946

Joseph Lloyd (Rhyl)

1945

Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

1944

Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

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Arthur L. Birch (Chester)

1942

J. Frank Dickson (Nantwich)

1941

J. Frank Dickson (Nantwich)

1940

Frank Hatch (Wrexham)

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V.H. Dickson (Chester)

1938

A.O. Bevan (Nantwich)

1937

J. Trevor Roberts (Caernarvon)

1936

J.H. Dickson (Chester)

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H.M. Moss (Northwich)

1934

R.V. Johnson (Llandudno)

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W.H. Barnes (Chester)

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J.P. Wittingham (Nantwich)

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Jos. H. Bate (Wrexham)

1930

Henry G. Hope (Chester)

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F. Horace Cooke (Crewe)

1928

J.J. Marks (Llandudno)

1927

T. Moore Dutton (Chester)

1926

W.C. Deakin (Northwich)

1925

R.J. Kendrick (Wrexham)

1924

J. Percival Gamon (Chester)

1923

L. Caldecutt (Knutsford)

1922

Francis Nunn (Colwyn Bay)

1921

H.D. Jolliffe (Chester)

1920

LI. Hugh-Jones (Wrexham)

1919

H. Hatt-Cook (Northwich)

1918

E. Gardner (Chester)

1917

E. Gardner (Chester)

1916

J. Porter (Conwy)

1915

J. Porter  (Conwy)

1914

H.G. Roberts (Mold)

1913

T.H. Whitley (Nantwich)

1912

N.A.E. Way (Chester)

1911

L. Lloyd John (Corwen)

1910

R. Farmer (Chester)

1909

J. Hopley Pierce (Wrexham)

1908

Henry Martin (Nantwich)

1907

Henry Taylor (Chester)

1906

H.A. Cope (Holywell)

1905

Charles P. Douglas (Chester)

1904

Charles P. Douglas (Chester)

1903

Charles A. Jones (Caernarvon)

1902

Wm. Hy. Churton (Chester)

1901

F.W. Sharpe (Chester) (died)
F.E. Roberts (Chester)

1900

Jno. H. Cooke (Winsford)

1899

F.E. Roberts (Chester)

1898

R.S Chamberlain (Llandudno)

1897

H. J. Birch (Chester)

1896

H.J Birch (Chester)

1895

Frederick Cooke (Crewe)

1894

H.T Brown (Chester)

1893

John Davies (Denbigh)

1892

John Gamon (Chester)

1891

J. Allington Hughes (Wrexham)

1890

Sam Smith (Chester)

1889

T.T Kelly (Mold)

1888

Geo. Boydell (Chester)

1887

T. Bury (Wrexham)

1886

C.W Duncan (Chester)

1885

A. Carrington (Chester)

1884

A.S Weston (Denbigh)

1883

J. Cullimore (Chester)

Joanne McLeod

Representative Member
The Law Society
LSNW Reg. Office
Tel: (0161) 763 6821
Mob: 07980 725573
Email: Joanne.Mcleod@LawSociety.org.uk

Mark Brown

Hon. Secretary
Taylor Brown
78 Whitby Road
Ellesmere Port
Cheshire
CH65 0AA
Tel: (0151) 3782887
Email: mark@taylorbrownsolicitors.com

Thomas Pearson

Co-opted Member
JMW
Manchester
Tel: (0161) 828 1946
DX: 14372
Email: Thomas.Pearson@jmw.co.uk

Osian Lloyd Robert

Vice President Elect
Guthrie Jones & Jones
29 Ruthin Road, Denbigh LL16 3EH,
North Wales.
Tel: 01745 814817
Email: dinbych@guthriejj.co.uk

Robert Williams

North WalesCommittee-Robert Williams
GHP Legal
Wrexham
DX: 26663
Email: robert.williams@ghplegal.co.uk

Michael Tree

North WalesMichaelTree
Swayne Johnson Limited
Denbigh
Tel: (01745) 812835
DX: 32384
Email: michael@swaynejohnson.com

James Roochove

ChesterCheshire & North Wales Law Society AGM-2
University of Law
Christleton Hall
Chester CH3 7AB
Email James.Roochove@law.ac.uk
Tel: 01483 216862

Freddie Storrar

ChesterFreddie Storrar
Storrar Cowdry
16, White Friars
Chester CH1 1NZ
Email freddie.storrar@storrarcowdry.co.uk
Tel: (01244) 400 567

James Harris

Chester
Jolliffe & Co
Tel: (01244) 310022
DX: 19997
Email: jh@jolliffes.com

Scott McCrimmon

Cheshire
Jacobs
Ellesmere Port
Tel: (01513) 558481
DX: 15355
Email: SM@jacobslaw.co.uk

Carol Draycott

Vice-President
University of Law
Christleton Hall
Christleton
Chester
CH3 7AB
Tel: (01483) 216984
Email: Carol.Draycott@lawcol.co.uk

Andrew Graves

Hon. TreasurerCommittee-Andrew Graves
Rowlinsons
Frodsham
Tel: (01928) 736638
DX: 15604
Email: Andrew.Graves@Rowlinsons.co.uk

John B Pickup

Co-opted MemberCommittee-John B Pickup
36 Landswood Park
Hartford
Northwich
CW8 1NF
Tel: (01606) 74970
Email: johnpickup@btinternet.com

Mark Evans

Council Member
Allington Hughes
Llanwrst
Tel: (01492) 641222
DX: 711490
Email: mark.evans@allingtonhughes.co.uk

Ron Davison

Immed. Past President
Gamlins
Rhyl 1
Tel: (01745) 343500
DX: 17352
Email: ron.davison@gamlins.co.uk

1882

J.C.Owen (Wrexham)

1881

C.T.W. Parry (Chester)

Denis Stevenson

CheshireCommittee-Denis Stevenson
Rowlinsons Solicitors
Frodsham
Tel: (01928) 736669
DX: 15601
Email: Denis.Stevenson@Rowlinsons.co.uk

Gerry Rooney

CheshireCommittee-Gerry Rooney
Moss Haselhurst
Northwich
Tel: (01606) 74301
DX: 23806
Email: gmr@mosshaselhurst.co.uk

2014

M. Evans (Llanrwst)

2013

Darlene Storrar (Chester)

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