Dear members,

Warm wishes to you all as we begin the New Year. I hope you feel rested and re-energised.

2022 was an events-oriented year for the Chichester Law Society as we encouraged more face to face meetings for the committee and in-person gatherings to include our Summer drinks, Charity Quiz Night and Foundation Dinner.

The latter was a great success on 2nd December with 67 attendees including members, guests and sponsors. We had a bumper evening of food, music, our speaker and finale performance from Belladonna which was something a bit special to start off the festive season! We held a charity raffle on the night and raised £750 for our charity of the evening, Home Start in Chichester. A big thank you in particular to our dinner committee: Michelle Lewis and Sam Carter, and of course our administrator Beccy Beattie. Preparations will soon be starting for next year’s flagship event!

Looking ahead, we will now have more of a focus on training as we ease into 2023. Our compliance lecture is due to be held at the end of February (in person again – details TBC), and then we are looking forward to some focused sector-specific training in the Spring.

We would very much like to welcome one or two new committee members following the retirement of two of our long-standing former presidents. If you would like to get involved then please do contact us. Our membership renewal forms will be circulated soon so it’s a great time to step onto the committee and have a greater say in what CDLS can do for its members!

Committee member Helen Fitzsimons attended the most recent local law societies committee, chaired by the President of the Law Society, Lubna Shuja, who shared her presidential priorities. Many of these resonate with what we, as a local law society, are focussed on achieving, to include promoting and upholding the rule of law, access to justice, and professional ethics. The national Law Society are keen to maintain a two-way conversation with the profession and will be holding a regular surgery where professionals can make an appointment to discuss concerns. CDLS are always here to take on board members’ concerns and feed them into the national Law Society but there is also a direct route to use if members would prefer that.  Lubna’s email address (which she has confirmed can be shared) is lubna.shuja@lawsociety.org.uk

I intend to attend the Presidents and Secretaries Conference in May which is due to be in person again. As always, we will keep you informed as to important developments at Chancery Lane.

Thank you for your continued membership and support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

All best wishes,

Laura