Monmouthshire LS President's Letter (August 2016)

I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine that we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. We had started to wonder if it would ever stop raining!

I am delighted to report that the Monmouthshire Law Society Summer Ball, at the Celtic Manor Resort, was a great success. It was a sell out with 260 people there. Our VIP reception outside the golf Club was excellent, and we are very grateful to JLT Professional Indemnity Insurance for their sponsorship. I was also very pleased to welcome our Gold Sponsors -  Monmouthshire Building  Society, Acorn Legal Recruitment and 9 Park Place who attended the event.  Jonathan Smithers, President of the Law Society of England and Wales gave his last official speech in Wales as President. Our celebrity guest speaker was Eddie Butler, journalist, sports commentator, and former Welsh rugby union player. He gave a really enjoyable speech in his own inimitable style.

We also gave special presentation of Monmouthshire Law Society cufflinks to:- Jonathan Smithers to wish him very well in his new position in Australia and thank him for his support and recognise his year in office; Judge Alf Weaver on his retirement; and also to Jonathan Stephens, our Law Society Council Member, to thank him for all of the hard work he continues to do on behalf of the solicitors in his constituency. The evening was rounded off with music from the fantastically talented and versatile Aubrey Parsons, who kept everyone dancing until the early hours.

My nominated charity for the Ball was the Wooden Spoon, the Children’s Charity of Rugby. I sit on their  Wales Committee of volunteers  and so I see all of the good work that they do first hand. Thanks to the generosity of all those who attended we managed to raise £2500 for the Charity.

We have had great feedback about the  Ball. I would like thank, our Treasurer, Sarah Williams-Martin in particular for all the effort she put into organising it and also, our Secretary, Kirsten Tuck for all that she did to ensure it was a success.  Sarah greatly appreciated the help that she received this year from Acorn Legal Recruitment in marketing the event.   I would also like to thank all of those who attended for supporting us and making it such a fabulous night.

We ran a seminar last month, in association with the  Monmouthshire Mediation Practice and 9 Park Place, called “Mediation Matters” . The seminar focussed on mediation ion in civil (non-family)  and commercial cases. It was well attended and was really topical as mediation is an increasingly good option for our clients to resolve disputes, with rising court fees.

We are planning to have another Partners Forum in September, after the success of the first event. Details will be released soon.

I wish you all a very enjoyable Summer!


Clive Thomas
President of Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society

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