President's Letter (April 2015)

Past Presidents of the Society have previously warned me that my presidential year would ‘fly by’ and here I am, composing my penultimate President’s Letter. The past couple of months have been busy and there is still much to do during the coming months, before the next President is installed. The Confederation of South Wales Law Societies has already installed its new President: Jonathan Hine. I attended the Confederation’s AGM and Dinner on 5th February 2015, when Jonathan was duly elected to the role. Congratulations to him and his predecessor (Gaynor Davies) for all their continued successes.

Past Presidents of the Society have previously warned me that my presidential year would ‘fly by’ and here I am, composing my penultimate President’s Letter. The past couple of months have been busy and there is still much to do during the coming months, before the next President is installed.

The Confederation of South Wales Law Societies has already installed its new President: Jonathan Hine. I attended the Confederation’s AGM and Council Dinner on 5th February 2015, when Jonathan was duly elected to the role. Congratulations to him and his predecessor (Gaynor Davies) for all their continued successes.

Likewise, the South Wales Branch of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has a new Chair (Alexis Thomas). I was delighted to accept Alexis’ invitation to attend the CILEx (South Wales Branch) Annual Dinner at St David’s Hotel on 7th March 2015. Congratulations to Alexis and the outgoing Chair (Sally Fitzherbert) for hosting a very enjoyable evening. I managed to speak with Frances Edwards at the Dinner. As readers will be aware, Frances is the National President of CILEx and is the first female from Wales to have held this position - a well-deserved honour indeed.

WELSH DEVOLUTION FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE – A ‘HOT TOPIC’

The first in the trilogy of Member Forums (An Introduction to Devolution in Wales) was presented by David Dixon (Senior Professional Tutor at Cardiff Law School) on 25th February 2015. David’s presentation (and the panache of his delivery in particular) received rave reviews. By the time this edition of Legal News is published, the second Forum in the trilogy (What Next for Wales?) will have been presented by Emyr Lewis (Senior Partner at Blake Morgan’s Cardiff office), undoubtedly with equally radiant style.

The final Forum in the trilogy will be presented by Theodore Huckle QC (Counsel General for Wales) – again at Cardiff Law School – on 29th April 2015 at 6.00pm – Further details and booking information can be found on page 3.

On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank all of the speakers for giving their time so freely, Cardiff Law School for hosting the trilogy and Wesleyan and AON for sponsoring these particular Forums.

It is evident from the number of members who have attended so far - and those already booked to attend the remaining Forums in the trilogy – that the legal ramifications of Welsh Devolution are very much on the radar of many practising within Cardiff & District.

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