Retiring President of Bristol Law Society, Nick Dell, gave the report of Council to a packed 142nd Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28th November.
Nick Dell reported that it had been a “challenging but yet rewarding year” for the Society. Action had been taken to review membership at a difficult time and consultants were reporting back to the Society on appropriate strategies for the future. Corporate rates were being introduced in response to requests from a number of firms.
Three very successful conferences had been held during the year, in addition to a good number of attractive and current CPD sessions offered in conjunction with CLT. Socially, the Summer Party had been an enormous success, whilst the new NQ event (held at the Law Library) had been well attended and plans were underway to welcome 2013 qualifiers in a similar vein. The general knowledge and music quizzes were also well attended, thanks being extended to Ben Holt the genial question master for these events.
The Society has a valuable role representing all Lawyers in the Bristol area and as such is uniquely placed to be a forum for exchange of ideas and views. The Society has accordingly held a dinner for managing Partners for local firms and another one for Finance Directors of local firms. Both were excellent opportunities to share practice and information.
The Society has a valuable role in representing local practitioners and has done so this year with regular meetings with the Joint 4 ( a group containing the Law societies of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool as well), with the Association of South West Law Societies, with the local JLD and of course with the Law Society. The Society has also hosted a successful Q&A session with local MP, Kerry McCarthy.
The high point of the year is always the Annual Dinner, which was recently held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. A number of local firms and individuals were recognised in the Annual Awards ceremony held on that evening. Pleasingly, a large sum of money was raised on the evening for Quartet Community Fund, the chosen charity.
A number of sponsors have worked with BLS over the year and the main sponsor was UWE. Ever mindful of the future of the profession, BLS works with UWE to offer a placement scheme for LPC students, and President Nick Dell thanked firms who had participated in 2012 and urged firms to participate again in 2013 in the scheme.
Finally, Nick Dell thanked the BLS members, the Council of BLS and also the Executive for the support he had received during his successful year as President.