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Welcome to the web-site of the Norfolk and Norwich Law Society. We represent legal professionals in the Norfolk and Norwich area, as well as providing local CPD training and social events.
LATEST NEWS: Membership Renewal Due July 2016
We are pleased to be able to report that the Norfolk & Norwich Law Society is continuing to expand its role supporting solicitors, legal executives and other lawyers, along with the firms that they work for. We invite you to become members too.
Over the past year alone, the NNLS has provided its members with an extensive list of CPD events, interesting academic lectures, marketing events, campaigns for members, work for the SRA and social events.
Many firms use the CPD events provided by NNLS as part of their obligations to ensure compliance with the relatively new objectives based approach to maintaining professional standards. Others simply appreciate being able to attend so many training sessions, all free of charge to members. We have had popular CPD on topics over the past 12 months or so including: family finance; personal injury & special damages; local land charges; Energy, Planning & Japanese Knotweed; the Inheritance Act 1975; Court of Protection; common negligence claims in wills & probate; social media marketing; sales skills for lawyers; duties of directors; contentious probate disputes; conveyancing update;
solicitors accounts rules; and commercial property.
Already in the diary for CPD this year include a residential property investments seminar by Mary Schofield at Lovewell Blake on 12 September 2016; an employment law update by East Anglian Chambers on 22 September 2016; a commercial property update from Central Law Training on 26 September 2016; a litigation update and risk implications seminar from Mills & Reeve on 6 October 2016; and a litigation update from Selbourne Chambers on 29 September 2016. There will be many more to come later in 2016 and in 2017.
The academic lectures include the annual law lecture, the theme for which was “is arbitration the answer?” last year, provided at the UEA by Dr Hakeem Seriki and Louis Flanner in September 2015. We also had a fascinating lecture from Professor Philippe Sands in the Cathedral Hostry on “the coming struggle over human rights”. The 2016 annual lecture will follow later this year.
Members of the committee and the wider membership have featured in the Norfolk Magazine and on BBC Norfolk radio on behalf of NNLS, and the NNLS has worked closely with NWES and other organisations to promote lawyers in Norfolk and Norwich. The NNLS has also conducted consultations and/or campaigns relating to court fees, court closures, McKenzie Friends and court delays, often working closely with the Norfolk Community Legal Service in relation to a range of
issues, to promote members’ interests to the SRA, the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary. We also have committee members on the national SRA committee and the local County Court users group committee.
As well as CPD and academic lectures, the NNLS has also put on some very popular social events over the past year. In July 2015, we had our annual dinner which included excellence awards for junior lawyers; this year’s award went to Denise Traube at Steeles Law and Jessica Piper at Ashton KCJ, both of whom were very pleased to be honoured, and received their award from William Armstrong OBE. The 2016 annual dinner will be taking place on 8 September 2016, and the 200
people capacity venue at Open Norwich is expected to be a sell-out, with the Bishop of Norwich giving the main speech.
We also had a popular quiz in October 2015, where 100 lawyers squeezed into the Mash Tun, only to be beaten by a team from Lovewell Blake. We had the Lawyers do Countdown event in January, where the financial advisors NW Brown managed to win (a second time), knocking last year’s winners (UEA) off the top spot, leaving the lawyers yet to win at Countdown in the three years so far it has run. The Treasure Hunt, held this year at the Dog House, was attended by 150 lawyers but in the end was narrowly won by Leathes Prior, who knocked Mills & Reeve off the top spot they had achieved at the previous year’s event hosted at Take 5.
Membership of the Norfolk & Norwich Law Society is voluntary, and it is not automatic as a result of being a member of the national Law Society. Most solicitors in Norwich and the surrounding areas have already signed up, either individually or through their respective firms.
We hope that you will join too, and take advantage of the benefits that the rest of the profession in this region are already enjoying.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the society soon.
NNLS EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS 2015 Denise Traube (Steeles Law), William Armstrong OBE and Jessica Piper (Ashton KCJ)
NEWLEY QUALIFIED LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Denise Traube - Steeles Law
Namita Matkar Mills & Reeve
Jade tinney Clapham & Collinge
TRAINEE LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Piper - Ashton KCJ
Louisa Butcher Mills & Reeve
Richard Turner Leathes Prior
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NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING - Wednesday 30 September 2015
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