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Newsletter December 2012 Volume 2, Number 2

In This Issue • HertsJLD luncheon with Law Society Deputy Vice President

The HJLD is the regional branch of the National Junior Lawyers Division. We represent all student members of the Law Society enrolled through the SRA, trainees and Solicitors with up to five years’ active PQE who live, study or work in Hertfordshire. Our aim is to promote both professional and personal growth within the legal field through social and professional events and seminars. We shall keep you informed of important matters that concern junior lawyers, arrange CPD sessions that are either free or at reduced rates, and organise inclusive social events throughout the year. We will strive to make your voice heard and support the National JLD who works directly with the Law Society.

HertsJLD luncheon with Law Society Deputy Vice President On 20th November, the Herts JLD committee were lucky enough to be invited to lunch in St Albans with Andrew Caplen, Deputy Vice President of the Law Society. Mr Caplen was visiting the area to speak to the Hertfordshire Law Society after their AGM that evening.

• In the Spotlight: Life of an NQ Property Lawyer

Over lunch, members of the Herts JLD committee had the opportunity to speak with Mr Caplen about the matters that affect them and their peers and discuss those changes in the legal market place that they feel particularly strongly about. These included the level of debt law students can expect to rack up whilst training, barriers to entering the profession for people from certain social backgrounds and the imminent changes to legal aid being brought in by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

• HertsJLD in the Herts Ad! • Past events • Upcoming events • Christmas gift idea

Mr Caplen was able to give a fascinating insight into working for and with the Law Society. He explained about the committees he had been involved with in the past and how he had initially become involved through his own local, young solicitors group. Bearing in mind that he will be the Law Society President in 2014/2015; it just goes to show how involvement locally, even as a junior lawyer, can lead to big things. In the evening, after the AGM, Mr Caplen gave an informal presentation that asked (1) What has the Law Society done for you? and (2) What have you done for the Law Society? This led to an interesting discussion which looked ahead to the future of the Law Society. Herts JLD National Rep, Laura Mathew, commented that there was still quite a gap to bridge to involve junior lawyers in Law Society matters, noting that participation in local JLDs was a good first step. She asked whether there could be communication from National Law Society at the time when an SRA number is applied for to let individuals entering the legal profession know about the JLD/ Law Society and how to get involved. Mr Caplen thought this was a good idea and said he would take it back with him because he felt very strongly that the involvement of junior lawyers was crucial to the Law Society's organisation both now and in the future. By Kate Shearer and Laura Mathew If you would like more information in relation this topic or wish to put your point of view across, please do not hesitate to email mail@hertsjld.com

@HertsJLD Your views count! HJLD newsletter is here to provide young lawyers with relevant information. If you have any ideas for articles or events, or feedback in relation to the newsletter, please contact: mail@hertsjld.com


In the Spotlight: Life of an NQ Commercial Property Lawyer The aim of “In the Spotlight” is to share the experience of young lawyers in Hertfordshire and within different areas and aspects of law. In the last issue we interviewed a commercial in house lawyer at ManpowerGroup who provided In the Spotlight with an insight in to working within a company. This week we interview Kate Shearer, HertsJLD Chair and newly qualified commercial property lawyer at Debenhams Ottaways Solicitors. She deals with clients ranging from farmers, to charities to religious organisations, shops and restaurants. What have you found most difficult on qualification? I have found that the most difficult part of the transition from trainee to qualified solicitor is the fact that you have the responsibility of bringing in a certain amount of fees each month. You have to carefully monitor the bills you send out and the work you do so that you know you are going to be able to meet your targets by the end of the month. It can be particularly tricky when you’re also expected to contribute to your firm in other ways; for example by attending networking events and helping to organise work social events and meetings What have you found most enjoyable on qualification? The best part of my job is the phone call you make to tell your clients that their sale/purchase/lease has completed. I tend to get more excited about it than they do! What have you found most interesting? I love a really complicated, legal conundrum that I can spend time researching and trying to find inventive ways to solve and my job certainly proves me with lots of these situations! I am also enjoying learning about new areas of the law and trying to develop a niche specialism within my firm. What are you top tips for success in your area? Take an interest in the world around you and try to ensure that you know the locality in which you practice so that you can better understand your clients and the markets in which they operate. Try to think of other ways in which you or your firm can help your clients: selling a business? Do they need employment advice? Or advice about retirement planning?

HertsJLD in the Herts Ad! Some of you may have seen that we were in the paper! The organisers of the Herts 10k (story below) were eager for us to help publicise the event and asked us to write a short article to help with donations. We hope this partnership will be the first of many with local fund raising organisations. Look out for sporting events in 2013 to support any new year’s resolutions!

@HertsJLD Your views count! HJLD newsletter is here to provide young lawyers with relevant information. If you have any ideas for articles or events, or feedback in relation to the newsletter, please contact: mail@hertsjld.com

If you would like more information in relation this topic or wish to put your point of view across, please do not hesitate to email mail@hertsjld.com


Past Events Herts 10K

Committee Tweeters:

Kate Shearer @trixie_dixie Liam Colville @colville1983 Mariam Aumeerally @mariam_lawyer Laura Mathew @LadyLauraLawyer

On Sunday 14th October 2012 several of our members took part in the sold out Herts 10K run in aid of Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care. This charity provides care and support to patients with life-threatening illnesses throughout Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. It was an early start for the team on a very cold and frosty morning. Shortly before the race we all took part in the warm up led by First Fitness to get us excited and ready for the race. We then moved to the starting line. The race was divided into two sections, those in the sub 45 minute group and the rest of the field (which included us!). The sub 45 minute group set off first and 2 minutes later the rest of the field set off. The first 2k was completed in record time but due to the ground being wet and slippery following treacherous weather the night before, the team was forced to split up and negotiate their way through mud, puddles and leaves along the course. The remainder of the course was less treacherous and quite enjoyable as you could enjoy the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape whilst running.

Nathan Kerntiff @Peterhail1 Alexander Neale @Nealooo Other useful tweeters:

@FreeLegal CPD @urbanlawyer @kerry_underwood

By the time we completed the run the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Thank you to everyone who came out to cheer us on. Your support was greatly appreciated. (L-R: Mariam, Matt, Lorna and Hannah)

Future of Lawyers This was the first event arranged between Herts JLD, Herts University and the Herts Law Society. We were lucky enough to have two great speakers Tunde Okewale a Barrister at Doughty Street Chamber, Social Entrepreneur and founder of Urban Lawyers and Kerry Underwood, a Senior Partner at Underwoods in Hemel Hempstead, former Judge and Author. The event was attended by over 100 members from all three organisations ranging from first year law students to Senior Partners. Both Tunde and Kerry gave informative talks on what you need to succeed in law now. For students the advice was given to make your CV standout and market yourself. For senior partners it was how to diversify your practice in in a changing market. (Picture left) After the event it was great to see everyone networking at all levels. Fingers crossed a few students for work experience and a few senior partners got the details of a great future lawyer!

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As a result of this event Urban Lawyers invited Herts JLD to provide some insightful advice to their members in the area of commercial law (picture right). Mariam Aumeerally, Herts JLD Marketing Officer attend the event held a Doughty Street Chambers and gave a talk on her route to qualification.

If you would like more information in relation to any event or wish to put your point of view across, please do not hesitate to email mail@hertsjld.com


Upcoming Events Christmas Drinks Thursday 6th December The George Pub, Harpenden We invite you to join us for some festive fun at our Christmas Social event. We have reserved a section of the George pub in Harpenden for members of the Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division to gather and spread some festive joy. There will be a free mince pie and drink on arrival. Time: 7.30 PM - 11.00 PM Venue: The George, 4 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2TB If you would like to attend please respond to us by 30 November 2012 at mail@hertsjld.com. It promises to be an enjoyable social evening and as always is a great networking opportunity.

***Watch out for our Wesleyan Seminar in 2013***

Christmas Gift ideas

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