Posted 30.6.18

President's Report June 2018

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I am very honoured to have become the President of Cardiff & District Law Society. I have very big shoes to fill, as Rachelle Sellek did a fantastic job as last year’s President, building on the excellent work of Paul Hopkins in modernising the Society and making it a more engaging and professional organisation.

I am delighted that Rachelle has agreed to take on the role of Honorary Secretary, following the retirement of Richard Fisher. She has an incredibly hard act to follow, as Richard has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the Society for so many years and there were some wonderful and well-deserved tributes to him at our recent AGM.

I would like to congratulate Rachelle on the recent Annual Dinner at the Exchange Hotel presented by Welsh athletics legend, Colin Jackson CBE. It was a great success, with the highest attendance for many years, and we have had wonderful feedback from those who were there. I am sure Rachelle would wish me to thank Emma Waddingham for all that she did, despite the small matter of having just given birth to her first child, to make it all happen.  So the first thing I have done is to rebook The Exchange Hotel for next year. The 2019 Annual Dinner will be on the 10th May. You all have a year’s notice - please put it in your diaries!

I also attended our annual Charity Golf Day at Radyr Golf club in aid of Ronald McDonald House. It was very enjoyable and the course was excellent...unlike my golf! The winners were Gordon Dadds, ably led by Rupert Thomas. As with the dinner, I have rebooked for next year-the golf day will be on 17th May 2019 at Radyr Golf Club.

The next event is the Managing Partners lunch on the 6th July. Invitations will be sent out soon. I hope by then to be in a position to outline my plans for the year. I want to focus on #LegalCardiff - and hold events to promote, inform, support and hopefully engage Cardiff lawyers. This will include an event on the use of Artificial intelligence by lawyers and also outlining the business opportunities presented by Brexit and the new routes available at Cardiff airport.

Our next social is a Cheese & Wine Tasting Event on Thursday 14th June, 5pm-8pm, Madame Fromage, at Castle Arcade in Cardiff. I hope you all support the event.

My charity for the year is Wooden Spoon the Children’s Charity of Rugby. I sit on the Wales Committee, so I have seen first-hand the great work that the charity do in funding capital projects to support disadvantaged children - from sensory rooms to sports activity areas.

I am looking forward to working with our new team - Senior Vice President, Rachel Harfield, Junior Vice President, Steve Roberts, and of course the evergreen Michael Walters, the super creative Emma Waddingham, and the rest of the Council.

I am also very grateful to our wonderful sponsors - Yolk Legal Recruitment, Penguin Wealth and LegalinX for their support this year.

My first official engagement will be the Monmouthshire Law Society Ball on Friday 15th June at the Celtic Manor Resort. It is always a fantastic event, and their President, Mel Bevan-Evans, definitely knows how to hold a party! So I would urge anyone who hadn’t yet got tickets to get them as soon as possible.

Clive Thomas

President

Cardiff & District Law Society

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