Fulfilling the role (January 2014)

Context

The Council Operating Manual defines the purpose of the role of a council member as follows:

(1)        To contribute to the Law Society achieving its objectives through good governance and high quality, timely Council policy decision-making.

(2)        To represent the views and interests of, and report to, constituents.

(3)        To contribute to the Council carrying out its key functions:

I set out below a list of the key tasks and responsibilities which the Council Operating Manual states apply to members throughout their work on behalf of the Society, with a statement of how I perform these in italics.

(1)        To keep themselves informed of the Society’s work and current issues.

I read the Gazette every week.  Solicitors without practising certificates do not receive the Gazette but I campaigned successfully for all council members who do not hold practising certificates (I am not the only one) to receive a free copy.  I read Professional Update, the President’s Update, The Law Society’s daily Legal News summary and the SRA’s mediawatch electronic newsletters.  I visit the Law Society’s Corporate Business section of its website at least weekly to keep abreast of what is going on.  I read and respond to e-mails circulated from time to time by the President and Chief Executive.

(2)        To keep themselves informed of and up to date with their constituents’ interests, and represent their interests.

I attend most Cardiff council meetings.  I do not often attend Confederation meetings, but the Confederation hasn’t met regularly this year and I attend Confederation meetings more often than my predecessors as immediate past chairman and council member.  The meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, usually at the University of Glamorgan. ALSOW meetings are held irregularly (usually 3 times a year) on Saturdays (one was held on a Friday in 2008/09 but I couldn’t go to that one because of work commitments).  Apart from that occasion, I have attended the ALSOW meetings that aren’t held in North Wales.  I attend half the F & P meetings  – the meetings often clash with lessons so I can’t attend all of them.  I attach at Appendix 1 on pages 5 and 6 a log of the local/regional law society meetings I have attended as council member.

I was one of 3 people from Cardiff (Simon Mumford of the Confederation and Jonathan Arter of ASLOW were the others) who attempted to re-launch the Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare Law Society on 11 December 2006 at a meeting which attracted only 3 solicitors from that area.

I chaired the Confederation’s Civil Updates Day on 18 October 2006 and 18 October 2007.  I was unable to repeat this in 2008 as the date was fixed during half term, when I was on annual leave.  

I took the lead in this council’s response to the Law Society’s consultation on constituency boundaries and contributed to its response to the Hunt review (I attended the meetings on 10 March 2009, 17 March 2009 and 26 March 2009 and Lord Hunt’s presentation on 14 May 2009).  

(3)        To communicate with their constituents about the Society’s work.

I report to this council, often (but not always) in writing.  I report to the Confederation when I attend its meetings and to ALSOW if either Carolyn Kirby or Robin ap Cynan is not present.  I write regular articles for Legal News.  I haven’t counted how many articles I have written for this publication.

(4)        To be in a position to devote the necessary time to their work as Council members.

I sought and obtained the approval of my employer before standing for council and before applying to join the working party and two committees I sought successfully to join.  I negotiated a slight decrease in my teaching to accommodate the time involved in council work.  I lost 5 hours of teaching and responsibility for setting 2 assessments.  Sadly, these arrangements weren’t put in place during 2006/07 and since 2008/2009 my writing and teaching duties in work have increased so I have had to work longer hours than I had expected/hoped to work but I have managed to do it.  I reckon that I spend some 30 - 35 days a year on council work of some sort through travelling and attending meetings, reading papers, correspondence, checking the internet, committee work (ie work generated from attending committees) and reporting and writing articles.  There is a difficult balance to strike between devoting enough time to one’s paid employment and council work on one hand and devoting the time to do what one’s constituents might want one to do on the other.

(5)        To attend Council meetings (and other meetings, as appropriate) regularly; if absence from a meeting is unavoidable, to inform the responsible staff officer in advance.

I attach at Appendix 2 on pages 7 and 8 a schedule of council and other meetings I have attended.  I have informed staff in advance on both occasions I have been unable to attend a council meeting.

Council members are encouraged to join boards and committees.  I became a member of the Wales committee automatically when I became a council member because I represent a Welsh geographic constituency.  Membership of the 4 boards is by election.  I applied to join the Education and Training sub-committee (the forerunner of the RAB Education and Training committee) in 2006 but the membership of that sub-committee was chosen by a senior council member and I was not selected.   Consequently I stood for election to the Regulatory Affairs Board (RAB) in June 2007 but lost.  I therefore applied to join the RAB Education and Training and Housing Law committees when vacancies arose in late 2007.  As a general rule, membership of committees has, since 2007, been by interview (specialist seats are the chief exception to the rule).  I was interviewed for both the RAB Education and Training committee and the Housing Law committee and appointed to both committees.  Many council members are not members of any board or committee – I am a more active council member than most, playing an active part in 3 committees, one of which is a law reform committee in which the law in Wales differs in a number of respects from that in England and I am the only member from Wales (Housing committee) and one of which shadows and scrutinises the SRA (RAB education and training).  If I leave council, I will cease to be a member of the RAB Education and Training committee and the Wales committee (I am a member of these committees because I am a council member), but I could remain on the Housing Law committee.  

(6)        To prepare for meetings and participate fully in decision making

I read all my papers – for both council and committees, this can amount to a bundle 1 inch thick. 

Participating fully in decision making is easiest to achieve in committees, as one is not competing with up to 90 others to catch the eye of the chairman.  I usually stay at council meetings to the end (by which time there are often only 40 of us left).  I usually speak once at every council meeting I attend and I raise matters which concern the council of Cardiff and District law society.  I always vote.  Most votes take place towards the end of meetings, so those who stay till the end of meetings wield a disproportionate amount of influence on those decisions which are taken to a vote. 

(7)        To contribute to the Council’s work outside meetings, including through e-mail and discussion forums.  

I have done this – see answer to point 1.

I wrote the practice note on mortgage possession claims and drafted the Law Society’s response to the pre-action protocol on mortgage possession claims.  I wrote the first draft of the explanation of how legislation is passed in Wales which was issued to council members before the council meeting in June 2008 which was held in Cardiff.  I drafted the Law Society’s response to the MoJ consultation on the Power of Sale and Mortgaged properties in April 2010.  I researched and produced a paper showing that the surplus of LPC graduates and training contracts was not as large as had been believed.  I drafted a note on Welsh devolution and the LCOs in the field of housing for the Housing Law committee.

(8)        To perform an ambassadorial and advocacy role for the Law Society.

I have accompanied Chancery Lane office holders when they have visited South Wales on the following occasions: 27 and 28 November 2006 (Fiona Woolf, president), 20 March 2007 (Andrew Holroyd, vice-president), 10 October 2007 (Andrew Holroyd, president), 5 February 2008 (Paul Marsh, vice-president), 18 March  2008 (Forum on Independence, hosted by Andrew Holroyd, president), 5 February 2009 Linda Lee (Deputy vice-president). 

I contributed to the discussion at the Legal Aid Roadshow, where the main speaker was Des Hudson, on 7 December 2006.

I attended the Law Society/SRA course on the Code of Conduct, which was shortly to be introduced, on 23 January 2007.

I attended the SRA Introductory Roadshow at Capital Tower on 22 May 2007.

I took part in the Three Courts sponsored walks on 25 September 2008 and 24 September 2009. 

I contributed to the joint Law Society/SRA presentation on LPC3 at Cardiff on 1 December 2008.   

I judged the SWTSG Law Idol competitions on 5 April 2007 and 17 April 2008.

As a guest of the Wales office I have attended the ILSCD annual dinner in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

I attended the SWTSG summer ball on 1 June 2007 and 7 June 2008.

I attended the Access to Justice Interim Review seminar at Capital Tower on 12 May 2010.

(9)        To work constructively with other Council members and staff.

I believe I have done this but this is for them, not me, to say.

(10)      To have an appropriate sense of stewardship of the Law Society’s assets and to be vigilant when considering proposals for expenditure to ensure that the proposal is financially viable.

The council and the committees on which I serve do this whenever we consider our workplans and the need to commission research and other work.

(11)      To comply with the Code of Conduct for Council members, including the Appendix to the Code on conflicts of interest, and to ensure that their entry in the Register of Interests is kept up to date.

I’ve done this.

Constituency work

I have been contacted by 6 constituents seeking assistance and helped all of them.  Their concerns varied from asking me to make representations to prevent the abolition of the Law Society’s planning and environmental law committee, to being asked to get the SRA to expedite registering a firm’s change of name after they had failed to do this for several weeks, making representations on behalf of someone who had completed the training contract but whose former firm had stated was not a fit person to qualify as this person had changed firms during the training contract and asking the chief executive to state precisely the terms upon which the Law Society had settled the claim for breach of contract brought against it by the authors of a book.

Value for money

I cost the Law Society about £7,000 a year in expenses.  This is higher than many council members, a very large proportion of whom live either in London or close to it, so their travel fares are significantly lower than mine (and some of them may not stay in hotels, either).  I don’t always stay in a hotel when there’s a council meeting.  I probably travel to the meeting early in the morning about once a year.   I generally stay overnight because the evening before the meeting there is usually a useful presentation for council members (this year there has been Nigel Savage on legal education and Elizabeth France, the chair of the OLC.  Like all council members, I travel (and claim) first class rail fares.  Within London I travel by tube, incurring (and claiming) the Oyster card rate.

My expenses are also relatively high because of the relatively high number of journeys I make to London – something in the region of 20 return rail fares to London per year.  This is because I am a member of 2 committees which meet 6 times a year in London, as well as the council meetings.  I incur no travel costs for the Wales committee as it meets in Capital Tower.

Of the 88 council members who are not office-holders listed in the current Council Members’ Diary (which is not up-to-date), 30 are board members, 40 others are members of committees and only 10 are members of a total of 3 boards or committees, of which I am one.  Only 2 council members sit on 4 or more boards and committees.

Concluding remarks

I found that it took me a year before I had a sensible idea of how the Law Society operates, who to talk to get things done and the Byzantine board and committee structure (it didn’t help that as soon as I’d worked out the board structure the boards were overhauled in 2007).  I had to learn about how the SRA and LCS operate.  I also had to swot up on various policy issues so that I could begin to understand the papers that were circulated for meetings.  I also had to learn the protocol for meetings (which is now much more relaxed than when I joined council and speakers were referred to as Mr or Ms – they are now called by their first and last names).  I am an effective and conscientious council member and I enjoy the work, which I think is worthwhile, so I would like to have the opportunity to stand again for election and to do so with the support of this council.

I hope that these notes provide you with an idea of the amount of work and type of work that is involved in being a council member – I think it is important that you know this

Appendix 1: LOG OF LOCAL LAW SOCIETY MEETINGS ATTENDED, 2006-2011

2006/07

Cardiff Council meetings:

4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December, 8 January, 5 February, 2 April, 30 April, 10 May (AGM), 4 June, 2 July.

I missed the meeting on 5 March because of a medical appointment.

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

15 November (1st meeting to which I was invited), 17 January, 21 February, 20 June.

I missed the meetings in December (I was teaching), March, April and May (I was attending a council meeting in Chancery Lane).

Confederation of South Wales Law Societies meetings:

6 September, 29 November, 16 February (AGM - which I chaired), 4 April, 6 June.

I missed the meetings in October (council meeting), November (medical appointment), January, February (conference of presidents and secretaries), March (I was hosting guests from Canada), May (I attended a public lecture hosted by my department at the university) and July. 

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

31 March, 7 July.

Other attendances and activities

Attended the Cardiff Law Society and Confederation’s drinks reception at the Park House Club on 12 October.

I chaired the Confederation’s Civil Updates Day CPD event at the University of Glamorgan on 18 October.

I attended the annual dinner of the Cardiff Law Society on 26 January.

I attended the South Wales TSG’s summer ball at the Marriott Hotel on 1 June.

I wrote article for the July issues of Legal News.

2007/08

Cardiff Council meetings:

1 October, 5 November, 3 December, 4 February, 3 March, 7 April, 12 May, 7 July.

I missed the meetings in September, January and June (off work, sick). 

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

22 August, 20 February, 21 May.

I missed the meetings in July (council meeting), September (teaching), October (teaching), November (teaching), December (teaching), January (teaching), March (at Wales committee), April (teaching) and June meetings (council meeting).

Confederation of South Wales Law Societies meetings:

10 October, 13 February (AGM)

I missed the meetings in September (at a ODI cricket match in London), November, January (teaching until very late), March, May and June (off work, sick).   There were no meetings in December or April. 

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

9 February, 17 May.

I missed the meeting on 1 December which was held in North Wales.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote articles for the October and June issues of Legal News.

I chaired the Confederation’s Civil Updates Day at the Conference centre, Cardiff University, on 18 October.

I attended the annual dinner of the Cardiff Law Society on 25 April.

I attended the South Wales TSG’s summer ball at the Holland House Hotel on 7 June.

2008/09

Cardiff Council meetings:

1 September, 6 October, 1 December, 12 January, 2 February, 2 March, 6 April, 21 May (AGM).

I missed the meetings in November (I forgot to put it in my diary), May (at Housing Law committee) and June (I was away on annual leave).

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

15 October, 3 December, 18 February, 11 March.

I missed the meetings in September (teaching), November (teaching), January (teaching), April (away on annual leave), May (teaching) and June (an incident at work).

Confederation of South Wales Law Societies meetings:

1 October, 11 February (AGM),.

I missed the meetings in September (on annual leave), November (planning meeting at work), December (I didn’t finish teaching until 6 and would be very late for the meeting), March (at RAB Education and Training committee).  I don’t know whether there were meetings in January, April May and June.

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

20 September.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote articles for the August, February and June issues of Legal News.

I attended the annual dinner of the Cardiff Law Society on 30 January.

I was involved with the preparation of the response of the Cardiff Law Society to the Hunt review consultation and attended the planning meetings on 10 March, 17 March when I was one of the speakers, and 26 March.

2009/10

Cardiff Council meetings:

7 September, 5 October, 7 December, 1 February, 1 March, 12 April, 5 July.

I missed the meetings in November (medical appointment) and January (at Housing Law committee) but I submitted a written report for each of these meetings.  I missed the meeting on 10 May, as I attended the Housing Law committee, the AGM on 13 May, as I attended the RAB Education and Training committee and the meeting on 7 June as I attended a RAB Education and Training sub-committee meeting. 

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

2 September, 16 September, 26 April.

I missed the meetings in July (on annual leave) and October (teaching).  I missed the May and June meetings as I had prior appointments.

Confederation of South Wales Law Society meetings:

27 January, 18 February (AGM).

I missed the meetings on 2 September, 3 March and on 7 April, when I was away on annual leave and on 5 May.

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

7 November.  There has been no meeting since then.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote articles for the October, February and June issues of Legal News.

I attended the annual dinner of the Cardiff Law Society on 16 April.

I attended the course on Assisted Suicide and Living Wills organised by the Cardiff Law Society on 19 May.

2010/11

Cardiff Council meetings:

6 September, 4 October, 2 November, 6 December, 10 January, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July.

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

I missed all the meetings between September and January and in April because of work commitments.  I missed the meetings in February and March because of Law Society council meetings.  I missed the meeting in July due to ill-health.  I attended the meetings on 11 May and 29 June.

Cardiff Council Regulatory Issues Sub-committee meetings:

16 September, 23 November, 30 November, 25 January, 22 February.  I missed the meeting on 16 November as I was covering for a colleague who was absent. 

Confederation of South Wales Law Society meetings:

1 September, 10 February, 6 April.  I missed the meetings in October, November, December, January, May (clashed with Law Society council) June, and July (clashed with education and training committee).

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

No meetings were held this year.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote articles for February and April issues of Legal News.

I attended the annual dinners of the Cardiff Law Society on 13 May and Pontypridd and Rhondda Law Society on 24 June.

2011/12

Cardiff Council meetings:

12 September. 3 October, 7 November, 5 December, 6 February, 5 March, 17 May (AGM), 11 June.

I missed the meeting on 9 January through illness.  I missed the meeting on 2 April as I was returning from the meeting in Bangor.  I missed the meeting on 14 May as I was attending the launch of the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for Financial and Professional Services.  I missed the meeting on 2 July due to family commitments.

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

17 August, 22 February, 21 March, 18 April, 25 July. 

I missed the meetings in September, October, November, December January and June because of work commitments.  I missed the meeting in May as I was attending a Law Society council meeting.

Cardiff Council Regulatory Issues Sub-committee meetings:

No meetings were scheduled. 

Confederation of South Wales Law Society meetings:

1 February (AGM).

I missed the meetings in September, November and December, when I was at Chancery Lane, the January meeting through illness and the March meeting as I was attending the SRA focus group on the trainees’ minimum salary.  There were no meetings in October or April.  I forgot to go to the meeting on 2 May.  I missed the meeting in July as I was in London for a council meeting

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

No meetings were scheduled.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote articles for the October, December June and August issues of Legal News.

I was contacted by HMCTS and asked to contribute to the planning of the itinerary of the visit to Cardiff by Judge Magdalena Kociorska from Poland.  I arranged for her to attend the Confederation’s Civil Updates day on 12 October, took her on a short tour of South Wales on 16 October and arranged for her to visit Cardiff Law School on 18 October.

I chaired the Confederation of South Wales Law Societies’ Civil Updates Day at the University of Glamorgan on 12 October.

I attended the ACCA St David’s Day business breakfast on 1 March.

I attended the Cardiff Law Society annual dinner on 27 April.

I attended the Cardiff Law Society’s AGM on 17 May.

2012/13

Cardiff Council meetings:

3 September. 1 October, 5 November, 3 December, 7 January, 4 February, 4 March, 8 April, 13 May, 16 May (AGM), 3 Jun, 1 July.

Cardiff Council Finance & Policy committee meetings:

24 October, 13 December, 17 April.

I missed the meetings on 15 August, 19 September 26 November, 16 January, 20 February  20 March and 19 June because of work commitments and 15 May because of Law Society council meeting.

Cardiff Council Regulatory Issues Sub-committee meetings:

I missed the meeting on 20 November.

Confederation of South Wales Law Society meetings:

I missed the meeting on 5 September and the AGM on 6 February as I was at Law Society council meeting.

Associated Law Societies of Wales meetings:

No meetings are scheduled.

Other attendances and activities

I attended the Counsel General’s public lecture Wales: a Jurisdiction? at Cardiff Law School on 15 November.

I attended the COLP Forum run by the Law Society jointly with Riliance on 28 November.

I wrote articles for the December, February, April and June issues of Legal News.

I attended the ACCA St David’s Day Breakfast at the Hilton Hotel on 1 March.

I wrote an article for the booklet for the Conference for Local Law Societies which took place on 19/20 April.

I attended the Cardiff Law Society annual dinner on 19 April.

I attended the Law Society’s Criminal Law Roadshow at Capital Tower on 2 May.

I attended the meeting of South Wales criminal practitioners on PCT at Capital Tower on 20 May and will attend the meeting of the steering committee on 3 July.

I attended the Law Society’s Wales Summer Party at the National Museum of Wales on 5 June.

I attended a meeting with various Coalition MPs in Westminster, with a number of Welsh solicitors and barristers to discuss price competitive tendering on 10 June.

I attended meetings on Criminal Legal Aid on 3 July and 12 July.

I hosted a Cardiff and District Law Society Members’ Forum at Cardiff Law School on 31 July.

Appendix 2: LAW SOCIETY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS ATTENDED 2006-2011

2006/07

Council meetings:

I was elected to Council in June 2006 for a term of 4 years from 13 July 2006.

13 July (observer), 27 September, 4 and 5 October, 13 and 14 December, 24 and 25 January, 28 February, 28 and 29 March, 15 and 16 May, 21 June and 18 and 19 July – I attended every council meeting.

Council members’ training: 29 September, 24 January.

Wales committee:

10 October, 8 December, 12 June.

I missed the Wales committee meeting on 6 March as an old school friend from Canada visited me at very short notice.

Conference of Presidents and Secretaries:

8 February.

Other attendances and activities

I escorted Fiona Woolf to meetings at the St David’s Hotel, Capital Tower and Morgan Cole as she visited Cardiff as President of the Law Society on 27 and 28 November.

I attended the Legal Aid Roadshow at Capital Tower, with Des Hudson, on 7 December.

I attended a meeting to revive the Pontypridd and Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare Law Societies in Merthyr Tydfil on 11 December.

I attended the Legal Wales dinner at the St David’s Hotel on 19 January.

I attended a course on the new Solicitors’ Code of Conduct at the Copthorne Hotel on 23 January.

I attended the Legal Aid Contracts Roadshow, which was organised by Chancery Lane and had dinner with the Vice president of the Law Society and local practitioners on 20 March.

I judged the TSG’s Fame Academy contest at Tiger Tiger on 5 April.

I attended the SRA Roadshow at Capital Tower on 22 May.

2007/08

Council meetings:

2 and 3 October, 13 and 14 November, 11 and 12 December, 22 and 23 January, 19 March, 21 and 22 May, 17 and 18 June and 16 and 17 July - I attended every council meeting.

Council members’ training: 8 January (chairman training).

Council working group on induction of members:

20 August 20, 2 October, 13 November.

Wales committee:

4 September, 4 December, 12 March, 27 May.  I attended every meeting.

Housing Law committee:

I was appointed to this committee in December 2007 for a term of 3 years.

10 December (interview), 31 March, 19 May, 21 July.

I missed the meeting on 21 January because my appointment to the committee came after the timetable for the term had been fixed and I was teaching that day.

RAB Education and Training committee:

I was appointed to this committee in February 2008 for a term of 3 years.

14 February (interview), 27 February, 3 April.

I missed the meetings on 1 July and 29 July as they were re-scheduled following the appointment of the new chair.  I already had a work commitment on 1 July and was away on annual leave on 29 July.

Leadership summit:

I did not attend this event (the successor to the Conference of Presidents and Secretaries) as council members were discouraged from attending it.

Other attendances and activities

I attended the Legal Wales symposium at Capital Tower on 21 September.

I escorted Andrew Holroyd, the president of the Law Society when he visited Cardiff on 10 October, where he visited Cardiff Law Scholl and attended the Confederation’s EGM and had dinner with local practitioners.

I had dinner with Paul Marsh, the vice-president of the Law Society and local practitioners at he St David’s Hotel on 5 February.

I attended the Law Society’s Forum on Independence Roadshow with Joshua Rozenberg and Andrew Holroyd on 18 March.

I judged the TSG’s Fame Academy contest at Tiger Tiger on 17 April.

2008/09

Council meetings:

7 and 8 October, 17 December, 27 and 28 January, 10 and 11 March, 9 and 10 June and 22 and 23 July.

I missed the meeting on 12 November as I was attending the SRA’s validation of Cardiff’s LPC3 course.  I missed the meeting on 29 April because of a LPC course planning meeting at work for which attendance was compulsory.

Wales committee:

23 October, 10 December, 2 March, 17 June.  I attended every meeting.

Housing Law committee:

22 September, 17 November, 19 January, 23 March, 11 May, 13 July.  I attended every meeting.

RAB Education and Training committee:

2 December, 29 January, 4 March, 24 March, 13 May, 26 May, 1 July.

I missed the meeting on 17 October as I was interviewing job applicants for work.

Leadership summit:

I did not attend this event as council members were not invited to it.

Other attendances and activities

I spoke at the joint Law Society/SRARoadshow on LPC3 at Capital Tower on 1 December.

I wrote (and revised) the Law Society’s Practice Note on Mortgage Possession Claims on behalf of the Housing Law committee.

I met Linda Lee, the vice president of the Law Society when she visited Cardiff on 2 March and had dinner with her and local practitioners at the St David’s Hotel.

I attended the launch of the Law Society’s paper Preparatory Ethics Training for Future Solicitors at Chancery Lane on 24 March.

I attended the Hunt Review on Legal Regulation Roadshow at Capital Tower on 14 May.

I attended the Law Society/SRA meeting with LPC Providers at Chancery Lane on 26 May.

I attended the Judicial Appointments seminar which had been arranged by the Law Society at Capital Tower on 6 July.

2009/10

Council meetings:

22 and 23 September, 3 and 4 November, 16 December 9 and 10 February, 23 and 24 March, 27 and 28 April, 8 and 9 June, 14 and 15 July.  I attended all meetings this year.

I was re-elected to council for a further term of 4 years from 15 July 2010.

Wales committee:

3 December, 16 April, 19 July. 

I didn’t attend the meeting on 13 October as it took place at the same time as the RAB Education and Training committee.

As a council member representing a geographical constituency within Wales, I am automatically a member of this committee and will remain on it until I leave council.

Housing Law committee:

21 September, 23 November, 11 January, 15 January, 8 March, 10 May, 12 July.  I attended all meetings this year. 

I was reappointed to this committee for a further term of 3 years, until July 2013.

RAB Education and Training committee:

13 October, 2 February, 17 March, 13 May, 7 June, 6 July.  I missed the meeting on 3 December as it took place at the same time as the Wales committee.

Conference of Presidents and Secretaries:

I attended this conference on 14 and 15 May.

Other attendances and activities

I wrote the response of the Housing Law committee to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on The Power of Sale and Residential Mortgages.

I attended the conference on Legal Ethics at the Academic Stage: Exploring the Issues held at the IALS on 10 May (I left early to get to the Housing Law committee meeting that afternoon).

I attended the Access to Justice interim review seminar at Capital Tower on 12 May.

I was interviewed at Chancery Lane by Nick Smedley, a consultant engaged by the Law Society to prepare a report on solicitor advocates, on 28 July.

2010/11

Council meetings:

28 and 29 September, 10 November, 15 and 16 February, 22 and 23 March, 3 and 4 May and 8 June.

I missed the meeting on 14 and 15 December due to work commitments.  I missed the meeting on 13 and 14 July because of ill-health.

Wales committee:

4 October, 9 December, 4 March, 7 June.  I have been appointed chairman of this committee for 3 years commencing 1 September 2011.

Housing Law committee:

13 September, 17 January, 21 March.  I resigned from this committee on 21 March 2011.

RAB Education and Training committee:

22 September, 8 December, 26 January, 8 March, 20 May, 6 July.

I was reappointed to this committee for a further term of 3 years, until July 2014.

Conference of Presidents and Secretaries:

I was one of the two speakers at the session on education and training at the Conference for Local Law Societies’ Presidents and Secretaries on 14 May.

Other attendances and activities

I undertook the Equality and Diversity online training course and passed the test on 24 September.

I wrote letters which were published in the Law Society Gazette on 28 October 2010 and 20 January 2011 on numbers of solicitors and entry to the profession..

I wrote a paper on The Solicitors’ Profession in Wales 1990 – 2010 for the Wales committee’s meeting in March.

I wrote an article At the End of the Line: the Increasing Lack of Solicitor Jobs which the Law Society Gazette published on 31 March 2011.

I wrote a paper Entry to the Solicitors’ Profession 1980 – 2010 which was published on the Law Society’s website on 31 March 2011.  An earlier draft of this paper was cited by Helen Barron in her report on the viability of introducing an aptitude test for entry onto the LPC, which has been submitted to the SRA and to the Education and Training Review.

I attended the Law Society’s Question Time for the Profession with Linda Lee, the president, and Des Hudson on 20 April.

I attended a drinks reception with the Law Society president at Chancery Lane on 5 July.

I attended the National Eisteddfod at Wrexham on 4 August.

2011/12

Council meetings:

5 October, 9 November, 14 December, 8 February, 26 March, 16 May, 5 July. 

Law Society AGM on 5 July.

Wales committee:

I chair this committee.

3 October, 6 December, 1 March, 14 June.

RAB Education and Training committee:

7 September, 7 December, 9 February, 28 June.

I missed the meeting on 12 April, as I was on annual leave at the time.

Other attendances and activities

I held meetings with Lowri Morgan at Capital Tower on 4 July, 9 September, 14 November, 25 January, 13 February, 23 May. 

I attended a meeting of a committee of the Council Membership Committee to discuss the boundaries of Welsh constituencies on the Law Society council on 9 September.

I wrote articles for the October, December June and August issues of Legal News.

I attended the Legal Wales conference at Cardiff on 7 October.

I attended the Legal Aid Roadshow at Capital Tower on 20 October.

I attended the Law Society’s Committee Chairs meetings at Chancery Lane on 25 October.

I attended the DPP’s presentation on Digital Working at Capital Tower on 3 November.

I attended the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Event at Capital Tower on 8 December.

I attended the Welsh Government’s presentation on the Cardiff City region and the City of London Working Together on 16 December.

I spoke at and attended the SRA’s focus group events on whether to abolish the minimum salary for trainee solicitors at the Marriott Hotel on 7 March and 8 March.

I met Lowri Morgan and Malcolm Davies of the Welsh Government about what the Welsh Government can do and is prepared to do to assist the private legal sector in Wales on 12 March.

I attended a meeting of the West Wales Law Society at Carmarthen on 29 March.

I attended a meeting between the Law Society and Gwynedd Law Society at Bangor on 2 April.

I attended a dinner with the president of the Law Society at the St David’s Hotel on 4 April.

I arranged for John Wotton, the president of the Law Society to visit Cardiff Law School on 5 April.

I attended the Legal Education and Training Review’s focus group on Skills and Mobility and Different Provision in Wales at Capital Tower on 26 April.

I nominated participants for and attended the Law Society’s roundtable event on legal education and training at Capital Tower on 9 May.

I attended the joint Legal Services Board, Cardiff Law School and Wales Governance Centre seminar on Legal Education and Training: Welsh Dimension on 10 May.

I attended the launch of the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for Financial and Professional Services at Cardiff Castle on 14 May.

I attended the symposium on The Separate Welsh Jurisdiction at Capital Tower on 8 June.

I attended the Law Society’s Committee Chairs meeting at Chancery Lane on 12 June.

I attended the meeting of the Law Society’s Membership Board as an observer when it means at Capital Tower on the morning on 14 June.

I gave a presentation on Legal Education and Training: the Welsh Dimension to the Legal Education and Training Review’s Consultation Steering Panel on 28 June.

I attended the Law Society’s Annual Lecture at the National Eisteddfod in Llandow on 9 August.

2012/13

Council meetings:

10 October, 5 & 6 December, 6 February, 27 March, 15 May, 11 July.

Law Society AGM on 11 July.

I participated in a teleconference on the Society’s budget for 2013 on 23 November.

Wales committee:

3 October, 12 December, 13 March, 5 June.

Silk Commission sub-committee meetings on 9 January, 23 January.

I chair this committee.

RAB Education and Training committee:

12 September (teleconference), 20 September, 29 January, 12 March (teleconference), 21 May, 23 July.

I missed the meeting on 1 November because I was on annual leave.

Other attendances and activities

I attended the annual Law Society lecture at the National Eisteddfod in Llandow on 9 August.

I was a member of the panels which interviewed applicants for vacancies on the Wales committee on 20 August and 11 December.

With Lowri Morgan I participated in a teleconference with Mark Stobbs, the Law Society’s director of policy, on 23 August.

I held meetings with Lowri Morgan at Capital Tower on 23 August, 18 September, 26 September 22 November 6 March 13 March 3 June and 1 July.  

I attended a meeting of the Law Society’s Legal Affairs and Policy Board (LAPB) at Chancery Lane on 27 September but I was unable to attend its meeting on 23 April due to illness.

I attended the LAPB Committee Chairs’ meetings on 14 November and 27 June.

I attended the Counsel General’s public lecture Wales: a Jurisdiction? at Cardiff Law School on 15 November.

I attended the COLP Forum run by the Law Society jointly with Riliance on 28 November.

I wrote articles for the December, February, April and June issues of Legal News.

I wrote an article for the Comment section of the Law Society Gazette which it published on 14 January, with a longer version of the article appearing in the electronic Gazette.

I was interviewed by Joshua Rozenberg for BBC Radio 4’s Law In Action programme on 11 February (though the interview didn’t make the broadcast).

I attended a meeting with Des Hudson, the Law Society’s treasurer and others concerning the electronic consultation on Welsh constituency boundaries on 6 February.

I attended the ACCA St David’s Day Breakfast at the Hilton Hotel on 1 March.

I participated in a teleconference with Des Hudson, the Law Society’s treasurer and others concerning the electronic consultation on Welsh constituency boundaries on 1 March.

I stood as a candidate in the election of the deputy vice president of the Law Society and was mentioned in the Law Society’s Legal News Summary of 16 April which published the result, and was named in the Legal Futures article of 16 April.

I wrote an article for the booklet for the Conference for Local Law Societies which took place on 19/20 April.

I attended the Cardiff Law Society annual dinner on 19 April.

I completed the Law Society’s Disability Confident and Unconscious Bias training courses on 30 April.

I attended the Law Society’s Criminal Law Roadshow at Capital Tower on 2 May.

I attended the Commission on Devolution in Wales Legal Seminar, organised by the Wales office on 17 May.

I attended the meeting of South Wales criminal practitioners on PCT at Capital Tower on 20 May and will attend the meeting of the steering committee on 3 July.

I attended the Law Society’s Wales Summer Party at the National Museum of Wales on 5 June.

I attended a meeting with various Coalition MPs in Westminster, with a number of Welsh solicitors and barristers to discuss price competitive tendering on 10 June.

I participated in a Seminar on Welsh Devolution organised by the Silk Commission at Aberystwyth University on 25 June.

I was mentioned in the report of the Legal Education and Training Review, which was published on 25 June.

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