On 14th June, Amy Norman, Hon. Secretary and Osian Roberts, Vice President, attended a meeting of the County Societies Group. This group comprised six law societies from across England and Wales, namely Cheshire & North Wales, Devon & Somerset, Kent, Leicestershire, Newcastle and Surrey law societies and represents over 5000 solicitors.
The meeting formed part of the Law Society’s annual Presidents’ & Secretaries’ Conference 2019.
The purpose of this collaboration 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 the combined membership a strength in numbers in matters such as consultation responses and parliamentary lobbying.
The group were delighted to be joined by The Law Society CEO Paul Tennant who spoke to the members on three areas which are fundamental for The Law Society going forward: 1) Being the voice of the profession and representing the needs and interests of its members; 2) promoting excellence in the professional through the support it provides; and 3) safeguarding the rule of law.
Following his address, the group discussed with Paul issues such as court closures through the centralisation of the Family Courts system and the delays currently being incurred in the Probate courts and the relationship between The Law Society and its members of a local level.
Full minutes of the meeting will be available in due course.
Image courtesy of Jon Pitt.