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Hampshire Law Society Ski trip

Do you fancy a weekend on the piste?
The Ridge Hotel, Morzine, France. 
Wednesday 18- 22 March 2015.

£496 per person inc half board, hand luggage and transfers (plus extras)
Extras include hold luggage, ski equipment on plane, ski pass (170 euros) and ski hire 

The Hotel Ridge enjoys a fantastic location on the 'sunny side' of resort, at the Morzine / Montriond border near to the resort centre, just 7-8 mins walk to the Super Morzine Gondola. It enjoys panoramic views looking out over the whole of Morzine and onwards up into the mountains. The hotel has  a lovely modern and contemporary design with a rather chic bar and restaurant & 2 hot tubs

Ski pass is 170 Euro and Ski hire will vary on place to place.
Names and deposit of £180 to secure the booking with the balance to be paid by 7 January – please note that some people will need to share a room.
Places are limited to 10 and will be on a first come first served basis – if there is high interest we will check for more availability

Contact Nicola Jennings for full information and to reserve your place


Presidential Hampshire Walk:Inkpen Beacon to Lymington

I am writing to inform you that I successfully completed my walk 2 - 4 November and, in particular, to request financial sponsorship for a very worthy cause.

I left the Berkshire village of Inkpen in light rain at 7.40am on Sunday, 2 November and finished the walk at my firm’s Lymington office at 4.10pm on Tuesday, 4 November. The “highlight” details are:

- 70 miles in 56 and a half hours (including two overnight stops).
- Walked from the very north of Hampshire to the very south.
- Followed the Test Way for the first two days, the Solent Way on the third
- Rain for part of the first day, for most of the second.
- Am still recovering from the blisters!

The walk was timed to coincide with this year’s Pro Bono week (from 3 to 7 November). I also wanted to raise some money for the Access to Justice Foundation.

The Access to Justice Foundation is a national charity established in 2008 by the legal profession working with the advice sector and aims to provide access to justice for the most vulnerable in society. The Foundation does this by raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford it.

Working closely with the advice and pro bono sector, the Foundation takes a strategic approach to the distribution of funding, accounting for local, regional and national needs. Funds are distributed to pro bono organisations, strategic regional projects and to local advice agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureaux and Law Centres.

At the heart of the Foundation’s activities is the aim that there should be proper access to justice. With the recent changes in the provision of legal aid, cuts in government spending and the increasing complexity of citizens’ interaction with the law, the ability to obtain access to justice remains as relevant today as ever. For those who cannot afford such access, the pro bono and advice sector provides a vital means of ensuring the provision of proper access to justice is maintained.

The Access to Justice Foundation supports the pro bono and free legal advice sectors and plays its own role in maintaining that tradition.

So far I have managed to raise £1745 (including gift aid) but there is still time to make a contribution to this very worthwhile cause. I do hope that you will be able to sponsor me for completing this challenging walk and in doing so support the important work that the Foundation does.
Donations can be sent direct to me at Chancery Lane or the Access to Justice Foundation at PO BOX 64162, London WC1A 9AN. Cheques can be made payable to “the Access to Justice Foundation” and bank transfers can be made to The Access to Justice Foundation: account number 00018272, sort code 40-52-40.

You can also sponsor me online here:

I do hope that you will be able to support this very worthy cause. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Caplen
Direct Line: 020 7320 5808
Direct Fax: 020 7320 5759

The First Three Months as President of The Law Society

Almost exactly three months ago, I took up post as the President of The Law Society of England and Wales. It has certainly been a busy twelve weeks or so, with my days filled with meetings, visits and speeches. And there does not appear to be a lessening of the pace during the next few weeks!

I have had the opportunity to meet a number of Solicitors. From members of the City of London Law Society to colleagues practising in Birmingham and North Yorkshire (Harrogate, Ilkley and Skipton). To read more



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