Bristol Law Society is a member of the Association of South Western Law Societies. The President and normally another member of Council attend the regular ASWLS meetings to represent all BLS members. The notes of each meeting will appear on the website to keep BLS members abreast of matters discussed. However, here is a small FAQ on ASWLS.
Q. What does the word ASWLS mean?
A. The capitals are initials standing for the Association of South Western Law Societies
Q. How many Local Law Societies are Members of the Association?
Q. Which are?
A. Bristol Law Society, Devon & Somerset Law Society (DASLS), Plymouth Law Society, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire incorporated Law Society (GWILS) and Cornwall Law Society
Q. When were these Societies established?
A. Bristol Law Society 1770
Plymouth Law Society 1815
Cornwall Law Society 1883
Q. When did ASWLS start?
Q. Are there any other Members of the Association?
A. Yes, the five duly elected Council Members of the Law Society who cover the area of the five Member Societies
Q. What areas are covered?
A. The cities and counties their names indicate above
Q. How is ASWLS governed and funded?
A. By a Constitution last updated in 2009, and annual subscription by each member society
ASWLS holds regular meetings and BLS will be publishing bullet points of matters discussed. If any member wishes to have more information, please contact the President Nick Dell. Below are the bullet points of the meetings held in September 2011 and February 2012.
· President Tim Pyper chaired two good Agendas. 17 attended both meetings.
· ASWLS year kicked off with a full 2 hour meeting on 22 September 2011.
· On 31 January Law Society Vice-President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff was ASWLS guest. She spoke very clearly and in a down to earth way about what TLS is doing to help us all in today’s legal world.
· A full direct question and answer session followed with nothing off-limits.
· Tony Cherry of South West Access to Justice Foundation spoke to the meeting.
· The Vice-President and Tony Cherry introduced a lively discussion with members about new initiatives and ideas for helping access to justice. Timing for implementation would greatly depend on when the present Bill before Parliament became law. Soon.
· Both meetings attended by area Council Members and TLS Regional Manager Matthew Still. His report pinpointed considerable TLS work.
· Council Members and Matthew presented their reports. Questions were answered frankly.
· Both meetings witnessed open discussions around how ASWLS could communicate and contribute more to increase its relevance to benefit the profession in the area.
· Unanimously it was felt that exchanging views, meeting people in our various societies and discussion on all the issues of the day was of considerable value, together with recognition of specific challenges faced by all our member societies.
· ASWLS Hon. Secretary and Administrator will attend the annual Local Law Societies Conference. This year in Nottingham in April. Thereby ASWLS profile will be heightened.
· First approaches to potential sponsors.
· These first ever bullet points seek to build greater awareness of ASWLS.