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Introduction

THE PRESIDENT’S FOREWORD Many thanks to those of you who attended our first event of the year. The welcome drinks were a great opportunity to hear from Tom Connelly, News Editor of Legal Cheek, on social media.

his evening fitted in well with my themes for 2018 of extending communication within the Society whilst having the opportunity to network and enjoy sharing knowledge.

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My long-standing connection with the Society (and its predecessors) dates from working at Hempsons and Penningtons Manches, when both were situated within the locality. In 2015, I joined the International Committee and was deeply impressed by the range of contacts through its twinning arrangements and the Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe. Our regional and international connections mean that the Society is perfectly placed to host excellent networking and business development opportunities. My key priorities for the year are developing communications with members, expanding membership and widening participation in our Sub-Committees. To develop communications, we have launched our social media sites for members who use LinkedIn and twitter (@CWHLawSociety). We are also reviewing the website and Hannah McCrindle, our Junior Vice President, will be refreshing its overall look during the year. Of course, we will still use email too, so no-one should miss out on any information. To expand membership, we have published a new leaflet detailing the benefits of membership highlighting that as well as personal interest, there are career-building opportunities for all levels of experience. For example, joining and leading initiatives through the Sub-Committees undoubtedly builds confidence and leadership skills. Participating in the Sub-Committees is a fantastic way to liaise with peers, contribute to discussions and policy proposals and gain an insight into the key issues facing different legal practices and the impact on them from the multitude of reforms affecting the profession.

volunteering days provided by firms and other local charitable projects. We have a number of events organised so far for 2018 but, if you have any suggestions or would like to host an event, please contact cwhlawsoc@gmail.com. You can find our events on page 8 so please save the dates, particularly our Annual Dinner on Tuesday 6 November. I would also like to reflect on 2017 with thanks to the immediate Past President Nicholas Le Riche and Honorary Treasurer, Bruce Clarke. At the end of last year, the Society was sorry to say goodbye to our Administrator, Susie Hust. Susie took over the role of Administrator from Elizabeth Beesley in November 2010, who herself had undertaken the role for many years. Susie has supported a number of Officers through their terms, including those from her own firm, Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (formerly Lee Bolton & Lee) which has produced three Presidents; Peter Beesley, Michael Fletcher and Edward Macey-Dare, as well as our most recent Honorary Treasurer, Bruce Clarke. On behalf of the Society, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Susie for all her hard work and dedication over the past seven years, responding to the needs of the Society, from arranging meetings, seminars, Annual Dinners and, most recently, the National Conference of Local Law Societies which was a great triumph. The 2017 Gala Dinner was particularly memorable with light jugglers, surprise singing waiters and John Sergeant as our after dinner speaker. Thanks to both Susie Hust and Nehal Vasani for the enormous dedication of time and effort to oversee all of the arrangements. Susie leaves us with our best wishes for the future and we certainly hope that she will keep in touch with old friends at our future events.

Of course, there is a business development aspect, as it enables members to make professional contacts and discuss the business side of running a practice with colleagues in other firms. It also enables members to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to an influential audience.

On behalf of the Society, I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous start to 2018.

A further aim for 2018 is to launch our newest Sub-Committee. Laura Uberoi, our Honorary Secretary, is taking the lead on a 'Pro Bono and CSR Sub-Committee'. This is a forum for sharing experiences of pro bono and CSR activities being undertaken in firms across our local area and provide materials, events and support for members who are already, or want to start, undertaking pro bono and/or other CSR activities. For example, how to assist at free legal advice clinics, encouraging use of

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