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Events 2020
Booking is essential for all events due to restrictions of space.

16 January   President’s New Year and Welcome Event: Dawson Cornwell

Our New Year and President’s Welcome Event will be hosted in the new offices of Dawson Cornwell.  We will also be presenting our prestigious Gamlen Prize to our most promising trainee solicitor.

Do come along to meet fellow members and celebrate the start of 2020 with us.  

Please note that the main entrance to Dawson Cornwell will close at 7pm.  If you arrive after this time, please enter through Tooks Court.

Further details to follow.


January/February   International Lawyers’ Forum Launch

We are excited to launch our International Lawyers’ Forum, for all international lawyers practising in the area.  Further details will follow.


February/March   Latest Developments in Contract Law

For ten years Richard Stephens has been providing an annual update on the latest developments in contract law and his talks are attended by hundreds of lawyers every year, very often selling out: http://www.the-lors.co.uk/  

Normally the full session lasts two hours but, in this session, Richard will take an hour looking at the latest and greatest cases that have appeared in the last 12 months, talking about their implications for drafting as well as for those handling disputes.

Just about every lawyer is involved in some way with contracts but in today's busy world, who has the chance to read every update and digest all the cases? This is an invaluable chance to catch up on the latest developments that really matter, with the emphasis on the practical steps that lawyers should be taking now when drafting or advising clients.

Further details to follow.


February   Winter Litigation Update

The first of our annual litigation updates will start at 6.30pm and be following by a networking reception.  Further details to follow.


February/March   Winter Property Law Update

The first of our annual property law updates is kindly hosted by Index Property Information, starts at 6pm and will be followed by a networking reception. Further details will follow.


February/March   Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Launch

This reception will celebrate the launch of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Sub-Committee, chaired by former president Coral Hill and with an eminent guest speaker. Further details will follow.


11 March   Krakow Bar Association Twinning Ceremony

We are hosting a delegation from the Krakow Bar Association and will sign a twinning agreement over lunch.  Our guests will then join us at the annual dinner (see below).  Members have been invited to attend a reciprocal visit to Krakow in April.  Further details to follow.


11 March   Annual Dinner, National Liberal Club

This year’s annual dinner will be hosted jointly with South London Law Society at the National Liberal Club.  Further details will follow.


March/April   Brexit Implications for Lawyers, Edwin Coe LLP

Following the success of our Brexit event last year, we are hoping to host another Brexit session in March/April with David Greene, Vice President of the Law Society, Senior Partner at Edwin Coe LLP and Chair of the Law Society's Brexit Task Force.  Further details will follow.


March/April   Dreamvar – an update

Following on from the Dreamvar case, this update will be led by Peter Cousins QC and Peter Dodge.  Further details to follow.


March/April   Taking on the Tech Giants

We are jointly hosting a session with the University of Law with guest speaker Ravi Naik.  Further details will follow.



April   Pro Bono & CSR Committee Event

Our Pro Bono & CSR Sub-Committee are hoping to host another annual reception, following the success of our previous events run with JUSTICE during an evening filled with refreshments and nibbles.  Further details will follow.


April   Junior Lawyers Division Event

The JLD will host informal networking and socialising for members and non-members.  Further details to follow.


April   Property Law Spring Update

The second of our annual updates is kindly hosted by Index Property Information, starts at 6pm and will be followed by a networking reception.  Further details will follow.


April/May   SQE Update Breakfast Seminar

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a new system of exams that will be introduced in 2021, replacing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. All solicitors will have to pass the SQE in order to qualify.  

Following the success of the session last year, this breakfast seminar will cover the latest updates in the roll out of the SQE following further developments from the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Standards Board.

Further details to follow.


April/May   Developing an International Strategy

Our International Sub-Committee is hosting a seminar on how firms of all sizes can develop an international strategy.  This session will draw on the Society’s international networks and experience twinning with large and small overseas bar associations.  Further details will follow.


May   Spring Litigation Update

The first of our annual litigation updates will start at 6.30pm and be following by a networking reception.  Further details to follow.


May   Meet your council members

This is a great opportunity to hear about the work of The Law Society and ask questions of your local council members for Holborn (Jonathan Wright and Fraser Whitehead) and Westminster (Beth Forrester, Jeffrey Forrest and Edward Macey-Dare). A reception with refreshments will follow.   


May/June   How to Session - Judicial Appointments

Following the success of our session last year, we are hoping to host eminent panellists to lead another workshop on judicial appointments.  Further details will follow.


June   Summer Property Law Update

The third of our annual property law updates is kindly hosted by Index Property Information, starts at 6pm and will be followed by a networking reception.  Further details will follow.


June/July   Summer Garden Party

We are looking forward to bringing our members together for a summer gathering, with refreshments and entertainment.  Further details will follow.


16-18 July   Visit to Cluj, Romania

Members are invited to join a delegation visiting the Cluj Bar Association in Romania.  If you would like to get involved, please email coral.hill@law.ac.uk


23 September   Newly Qualified's Celebration - House of Lords Reception

We are hoping to host our annual Newly Qualifieds Celebration in the House of Lords, where we will also present our Newly Qualified Rising Star Award.  

It will also be an opportunity to meet our visiting delegation for the UIA London Conference (more details below) and further details will follow.


24-25 September   UIA London Conference

The Union Internationale des Avocats (International Lawyers Association) are hosting their conference in London jointly with the Society.  There will be a series of seminars hosted by members during the conference and several networking opportunities to meet with delegates.  Further details will follow and please get in touch if you would like to participate in the visit.


Tuesday 27 October   AGM, Farrer & Co

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 6pm at the offices of Farrer & Co LLP.  At the meeting the President will present her annual report and new Officers will be elected.  Do come along to see familiar and new faces – refreshments will follow the meeting.

   

Additional events are under discussion.  
If you have suggestions or would like to host an event, please contact the committee at cwhlawsoc@gmail.com

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