Cheshire & North Wales Law Society were represented at the annual Presidents’ and Secretaries’ Conference 2019 in June by Vice President Osian Robert, Hon. Secretary Amy Norman and Counsel Member Mark Evans.
The purpose of the conference, held at Chancery Lane, is to bring together local law societies from across England and Wales, and to provided information and forums for debate on contemporary issues affecting the profession such as the SQE and GDPR. Break out groups allow delegated to hear presentations on topics such as member benefits, the use of social media, responding to consultations and the relationship between the national and local law societies.
Osian, Amy and Mark were joined by many other Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Executive Officers and administrators at the two day event which included a black tie dinner and dance in the stunning Common Room.
The breakout groups are often led by people working within local law societies who share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of others. As a result the content is always highly relevant and adequately tailored. The CNWLS contributed by way of Mark Evans leading the session entitled ‘How The Law Society Supports Local Law Societies’ in his role as Counsel Member and Amy Norman sitting on the feedback and discussion panel which brought the conference to a close.
During the conference, Osian and Amy also attended a meeting of the Counties Societies Group, which you can read more about here.
The conference comes at the end of the Presidency of Christina Blacklaws and her opening speech urged the profession to continue to campaign for diversity and inclusion, access to justice for all and mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession. There were also addresses from incoming President Simon Davies, Deputy Vice President David Green and the CEO of The Law Society Paul Tennant.
The conference was both enlightening and enjoyable and Amy, Osian and Mark hope to be able to put in to practise some of the ideas that were shared to ensure that the CNWLS continues to benefit its members.