Welcome back folks!
We kicked off March with our quarterly meeting of ASWLS which took place in Taunton. This is the Association of South Western Law Societies and consists of six local law societies. Its mission is to facilitate the exchange of views and create a closer co-operation in professional matters between our member societies. We welcomed Law Society Vice President, Simon Davis, who gave some insight as to his priorities when he becomes President later this year. I won’t steel his thunder, but it sounds very promising so keep your eyes pealed for more information.
6 March was a particularly busy day. I met with the Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority, Tim Bowles, to discuss the industrial strategy and how BLS can engage with their objectives. I am delighted to confirm that Tim Bowles will be speaking at the Managing Partners’ dinner on 2 April 2019. On the same day we entertained Stephen McNamara (VWV) and his guests from MyanMar. A great opportunity to explain how we work as a Society and the benefits we provide to our members. Finally that same evening we hosted a fascinating Brexit Roundtable organised by the Law Society which focused specifically on the potential impact on our profession.
We are moving forward with plans to create a regional LegalTech group and BLS has confirmed its position as a founding member. That is as much as I can say for now, but watch this space.
My waistline continues to expand as I was very kindly hosted by Cornwall and Leeds Law Societies for their Annual Dinners. I was very proud to hear how highly Bristol is rated amongst those that I spoke to, both in terms of our lawyers and our Law Society.
I was honoured to be asked by DAC Beachcroft to join a panel of speakers at the launch of their ACCESS event, a diversity network for their BAME colleagues. I was joined by their Senior Partner Virginia Clegg, Partner Khurram Shamsee and Deputy Mayor of Bristol Asher Craig. This was an inspiring event with speakers sharing their experiences and promoting the profession as one which is diverse, inclusive and accessible. I was thrilled to promote the work that BLS has started in creating a D&I Committee and to celebrate our commitment to the Bristol Equality Charter.
With my spare day I was also very proud, in a non-presidential capacity, to have joined a panel of speakers which included Senior Costs Judge Gordon-Saker and Robert Marven QC at the Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference in London, to talk about the future of costs. This impressive event also included talks by Mr Justice Birss, Andrew George QC, Charles Ciumei QC, Professor Dominic Regagan and many others.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that we will be working with our Customer Experience (CX) partner, insight6 – one of the UK’s leading legal client feedback organisations. We are offering our members the chance to get involved in a customer experience benchmarking project for free. For more information and to sign up please click here.
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29 March 2019