Issue: 6 June 2011
Issue: 6 June 2011
A note from.... the Marketing Secretaries! Welcome to the June edition of the NJLD newsletter. It’s been a great year for the NJLD so far and we are going from strength to strength with new members signing up every month. We have held a range of events both sporting and social and we will continue to do this in the coming months. The big highlights are of course the Inter‐Professional Summer event in August, the ever popular Shelter Quiz Charity event in September and then the famous NJLD Annual Ball on 4th November. Keep an eye out for details in the coming months.
Dates for Your Diaries…
On the marketing side we have kept you up to date with our regular e‐mails, flyers and newsletters. We are regularly contributing a page to the Nottinghamshire Law Society Newsletters (see June’s edition for a bonus interview with our very own, President Vicky Gaskell!) Our Twitter account @NottinghamJLD has been up and running for some time and we are being followed by members, fellow JLD’s (notably Leicester and Surrey) and a range of legal careers advisers such as Bygott Biggs. Members are also being updated by our Facebook page which we have expanded to include all our events and key news! Keep an eye out for us at the future events. We will be the ones with the camera taking candid snap happy pictures of you all for our newsletter! – Will Reynolds & Laura Ford, Marketing Secretaries.
Don’t miss out on the End of Month Payday Drinks which are being held at the Roundhouse (Royal Standard Place) on Thursday 30th June @ 5:30pm, don’t miss out on free drinks! Full details are included on the event flyer – See Page 2 A date has been set for the Annual NJLD Ball. It will be held on Friday 4th November so save the date as it will be a great event to celebrate the end of the NJLD year! Keep an eye out for more details in the coming months! Check out our Sports Focus Page for all our updates on the NJLD Netball League and to see how our very own NJLD Touch Rugby Team is doing! NJLD Sport’s Focus ‐ See Page 3
Ask the Committee… Q – “I'm about to start my training contract and I'm wondering what seats to do. I like the idea of helping individual clients as opposed to big corporations, so I think private client might be a good option. However, I don't know any private client solicitors so I don't know what the work is really like on a practical level! Could you give me an insight?” A ‐ “If you enjoy working with individuals, have an eye for detail and would like to develop your inter‐personal skills, you will probably find a seat in private client very rewarding. Yes it may appear to some as not a particularly sexy area of the law and you will probably be hesitant in choosing it as you may not have had much teaching on the subject on the LPC, but private client may surprise you. Private client work requires a sound understanding of many disciplines: property, litigation and even company law. The work is varied ‐ sometimes you could be sat by a hospital bed taking instructions for a Will or power of attorney and other times drafting a trust deed, registering a charity or dealing with the Court of Protection over the affairs of a vulnerable person. There has been a notable rise in the number of contentious probate claims and families are trying harder than ever to protect their assets for their future generations to enjoy. Private client work is both interesting and challenging and if you get the chance to do a seat in it you may learn a great deal. At the moment the Nottinghamshire Law Society Education and Training Committee are running free taster sessions giving members the opportunity to find out about different areas of law. If you would like to know more email Laura Pinkney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.” ‐ Answered by Katherine Beggs
Thurs 30th June – NJLD “End of Month Payday Drinks” Event @ The Roundhouse 5:30pm Fri 15th July – Nottinghamshire Law Society Annual Cricket Match @ Attenborough Cricket Club 5:30pm ‐ watch the Notts Law Society 1st team battle it out against Derbyshire Law Society! Sat 16th July – Summer Touch Rugby Tournament & BBQ – to sign up please e‐mail kpowles@brownejacob son.com Thurs 21st July – CONTACT Ale Trail Event Fri 12th August – NJLD/RICS/NCASS Summer Inter‐ Professional Party (Details TBC) September – Sports Social (Details TBC) Thurs 22nd September – NJLD Shelter Quiz Charity Event (Details TBC) Fri 4th November – The Annual NJLD Ball (Details TBC)
Committee Contact Details… Victoria Gaskell – Chair Tel: 0845 274 6851 Victoria.Gaskell@freethcartwright.co.uk
Katherine Beggs – Membership Secretary Tel: 0115 934 3309 email@example.com
Will Reynolds – Marketing Secretary Tel: 0115 976 6534 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Ford – Marketing Secretary Tel: 0115 945 4613 email@example.com
Laser Quest Event 20th May 2011
Thank you to everyone who attended the epic Laser Quest Event. We had a fantastic turnout, great food and drink provided by Cape and two very tense games of Laser Quest! The military trained Wayne Murphy (pictured left) was crowned the overall victor of Laser Quest and was presented with a bottle of champagne in reward. The event was generously sponsored by Hays Legal Recruitment and two of their recruitment experts Richard Armstrong and Catherine Timmons were on hand at Cape to answer any burning careers questions that those who attended wanted to ask. The night ended with a drinks reception and a chance to put our sharpened networking skills into practice. There was also a champagne draw sponsored by Hays. The lucky winner will be announced at the Hays Careers Event. We have had some great feedback about the event. I hope that everyone who came along had fun and enjoyed themselves. A big thank you again to Hays Legal for their kind sponsorship. Both Helen and I are looking forward to organising more events like this in future; keep an eye out for details of our ever popular upcoming Shelter Quiz and Summer Party.
Sophie Thring, Events Secretary
NJLD Sports Focus Team Name
Cr*p But Gorgeous
0 38 23
Black Eyed Bees
2 45 26
Touch & Go
1 26 19
2 23 31 0
4 22 32
NBS Newton's 5
5 20 43
NJLD Netball League Table (May 2011) On the right is the current NJLD 2011 League Table (up to May). Well done to Freeth Cartwright who are currently top of the League, however all that could change so keep an eye out to see who will be crowned victors of the netball league.
NJLD Touch Rugby Results (May 2011)
BP Pen Pts
The newly formed NJLD Touch Rugby team started their season off with a bang beating NBS Newtons 6 – 4. The team suffered an unfortunate defeat in their second game losing 9 – 4 to Crap But Gorgeous; however they were quick to redeem themselves in their third game, beating PM Rebels 6 – 3. In their most recent game the team lost to Black Eyed Bees 10 – 0. The team is currently 4th in the League.
HBJ Gateley Wareing
Ghent Visit Report - Daniel Harley
The weekend of 13‐15 May saw the annual Law Society twinning event take place in Ghent. Hopefully you already know this but if not, Nottinghamshire Law Society is twinned with the Bars of Karlsruhe in Germany and Ghent in Belgium. Every year the three groups meet, taking it in turns to host. I and some colleagues from Rothera Dowson travelled down on Thursday to avoid the early start on the Friday but still had to get up at 5.30 for the 7am train, by pure fluke we found ourselves sat next to Deborah Hutchinson, Immediate past president of Nottinghamshire Law Society, who had booked completely independently, amazing coincidence. Deborah had had got up at 3am, our 5.30 suddenly felt like a real lie in (we tried not to be too smug)!
The bonus of the early Eurostar was more time to explore our surroundings and to locate a place for lunch, although note to self, if one of your party doesn’t eat meat……don’t pick a restaurant in the old butchers hall, the name really should have given the game away (still the cheese omelette went down ok!) . We were joined in Ghent in the early afternoon by other members of Nottinghamshire Law Society from a wide variety of firms, small and large with attendees of all ages and PQE’s. The mix of people attending is part of what these weekends are all about, bringing everyone together.
Friday evening, after seeing some of the sights during the afternoon (and drinking some beer) we played Krulbollen with our hosts which is a bit like Crown Green Bowls, if you imagine it being played with full rounds of cheese. We were slightly confused by the wire cages around the field of play but soon worked out what they were for as some of our misguided bowls sent the spectators running for cover. Despite being thoroughly bemused by which (identical looking) side was the weighted one, we had a great evening, helped along by some more beer of course and new friendships being developed with our hosts and our German counterparts, they started the jokes about big balls, honest.
Saturday morning started well despite Friday night ending with a shot of Sambuca (top tip for next time, Belgian bars don’t do “measures”; they just fill the glass up). We headed round the corner from our hotel to hear an excellent if bewildering explanation of Belgian political history at the Law Faculty of the University. Prior to the talk we just could not understand why Belgium has not been able to form a government for months but after listening to the talk, it was clear why. What’s most amazing it the country seems to being running just fine without!
After lunch in the glorious sunshine of the Courtyard (wine this time) we were taken for a ‘friendly’ game of seven a side football. The rules (and we were assured these really are the rules) were unusual to us, apparently we were not allowed to directly tackle nor was the goalie allowed to handle the ball. This, coupled with the fact their team (barring one token female) played together in a league meant the score is something I have chosen to forget, but needless to say, next year when the twinning takes place in Nottingham, we need to make sure we have people who have actually played football in the last decade on the team!
The football was a good indicator of how fantastic the mix of people at these events is. In Germany I am told that there are almost 170,000 lawyers but less than 50 are qualified enough to appear in the highest courts, one of them played on our football team.
Later we were taken on a tour of the only remaining brewery in Ghent before going on a river cruise to the local sailing club. Despite having to clamber up a steep ladder to get from the boat (easier said than done for some of our party) we had a brilliant evening with a traditional Belgian dish called Waterzooi, a kind of creamy chicken stew and of course, some more beer.
As the more senior members of the delegations chatted, the junior members headed into Ghent with one of our hosts for a tour of Ghent by night. I was amused to see that Belgian Stag and Hen do’s follow the same lines as many English equivalents but I was disappointed to note that there is clearly no suitable Flemish translation for “Spank Plant” which was written in English right across it (it’s probably best not to ask).
One thing Belgium does well (if you hadn’t guessed) is alcohol, the weakest beer we found was 5.7% and they seem to have the ‘mixer with a shot of spirit’ the wrong way round but that just adds to the atmosphere which is made particularly special by the hundreds of medieval buildings which survive in the centre. The city is simply astonishing at night when it is lit up.
We ended our night in the early hours of Sunday in the traditional English manner with some chips from a kebab shop (it’s got to be done hasn’t it?). As we were eating the heavens opened which, whilst annoying at the time was ok in the grand scheme of things as we were forecast rain all weekend but it was brilliant sunshine for the rest of the time.
Sunday morning, astonishingly hang over free; we set off for the city museum with its high‐tech interactive exhibits on Ghent, coupled with traditional museum pieces and all displayed in the ancient buildings of an old monastery. It was pleasing to see that we are not the only nation to be complacent about what we have on our own doorstep (when was the last time you went to the Castle?) as we were joined by some of the local lawyers who were just as intrigued as we were.
All in all it was an excellent weekend, the second I’ve been to with the first being Karlsruhe (last year). There is just the right mix of culture, sharing of knowledge and views on our respective approaches to the law and pure socialising to make the visits a must attend event.
Next year we are hosting and we hope to match (and we secretly hope to exceed) the weekend we have just had, and last year’s trip to Germany. I would like to see as many JLD members as possible getting involved next year, particularly if you know how to kick a football! You won’t regret taking part.
60 Second Interview… Philippa O’Reilly – Nottinghamshire Law School What is your role / position? I am a solicitor working as a careers consultant at Nottingham Law School. What is the highlight of you career so far? In my solicitor career there are two – becoming a partner and getting a Residence Order for a father against the odds. In my careers consultant role – whenever a student tells me I’ve helped them to get a training contract. If you had to choose a career other than law what would it be? A successful property developer. Who has been the most influential person in your life outside your family? My A‐Level Politics teacher, but for the wrong reasons. He was a useless teacher and told me I’d never make it as a solicitor. I set out to prove him wrong. What is the most embarrassing moment of your career to date? Turning up for a directions appointment at court and finding out it was actually a final ancillary relief hearing that I’d not prepared for and had to muddle through. I don’t think the client realised but I’m sure the judge did. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? There is nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it and try hard enough. Is there anything else you would like to add? Never underestimate the power of networking – stay in touch with people.
And finally… Here are a few links that you may find useful in keeping up to date with all the latest hot of the press NJLD and Wesleyan news (click on the links below):
National Law Society – NJLD Page
Twitter Feed – @Nottingham JLD
Facebook – NJLD Group
Nottinghamshire Law Society – NJLD Page Wesleyan for Lawyers
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