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I wanted to share with you our plans for our public-facing advertising campaign and to ask for your help to make sure your members know about it and are able to take full advantage of it.
This year’s campaign focuses on personal injury, emphasising the significant benefit of seeking legal advice from a solicitor, rather than accepting an insurer’s first offer.
We know that the personal injury sector has been seriously affected this year with the implementation of the “Jackson - change” to costs and the recent specific changes to civil costs and RTA claims. We are concerned that this bundle of changes will impact access to justice and the well-being of many fellow solicitors and their firms. We’re determined to fight back and demonstrate to consumers the value that solicitors add.
The campaign runs for six weeks from 24 June 2013
The advertisement has been designed to be humorous, bold and memorable. You can find campaign details, including how to order campaign materials for local promotion, at www.lawsociety.org.uk/promote All of these materials are free for any member or their firm to use.
As a matter of planning which will, I think, become clearer once you see the campaign materials, we are providing less advance notice than in previous years.
Unlike previous years our press office will be contacting all major print media outlets in an attempt to generate additional coverage rather than asking individual firms to do so. Our press office is also available to help firms raise their local media profile alongside the campaign in any way we can – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 020 7316 5592.
Please promote this campaign as widely as possible. We’ll publish updates in our e-newsletter Professional Update and on our website at www.lawsociety.org.uk/promote
For questions or comments please email email@example.com. We're always happy to hear your views and feedback.
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The Law Society Council has elected Andrew Caplen, a consultant with Abels Solicitors, Southampton to be the next deputy vice president of the Law Society. Andrew will take up the role in July 2012.
Andrew, who has been a Council member since 2000, is due to become president of the Law Society in 2014. He is chair of the Law Society's Management Board and co-chairs the Business Oversight Board.
As chair of the Access to Justice Committee, he co-wrote and co-edited the Access to Justice Review which underpinned the recent 'Sound Off for Justice' campaign and sought to improve the government's Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, now nearing the end of its parliamentary passage.
Andrew said: 'It is a tremendous honour and a weighty responsibility to have been chosen by my peers to serve in this way.
'We are in an era of change for legal services, with increasing competition, new models of business ownership and reduced public funding for legal aid. Working with the Council, with management and staff, I aim to ensure that the Law Society continues to support its members as they overcome the challenges and make the most of opportunities which arise from these changes.'
Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: 'May I congratulate all of the candidates who stood in the election. They presented a set of strong choices to Council.
'Andrew has already made a considerable contribution to the Society through more than a decade on the Council and involvement in some of its most prominent boards and committees. The management team and staff look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity.
Hampshire Incorporated Law Society is pleased to introduce Alison Plenderleith as their new Business Development Officer. Alison comes to Hampshire Law Society from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors where she was responsible for membership development and delivery of events across London and the South East of England.
Alison will be liaising with Hampshire based solicitors and local law firms through a series of targeted visits to ensure they are represented in the best way possible in promoting the profession to their clients and the general public. Hampshire Law Society was incorporated in 1897 and during the past century has sought to assist solicitors in Hampshire in a variety of ways including the provision of educational and social events for its members and providing a means of reflecting the views of its members on both national and local issues to the Law Society or local or national government.
The Society also promotes the standards of solicitors, assists in the regulation of the solicitors' profession in Hampshire and assists members of the public in obtaining legal advice through the find a solicitor service.
Robert Sawers, current President and a Partner with MacDonald Oates in Petersfield confirms that "The society is pleased and excited to have appointed Alison Plenderleith as its Business Development Officer. Her previous experience with RICS will prove to be a valuable asset to the society"
Following its recent AGM held at the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the Southern Area Association of Law Societies (SAALS) are pleased to announce the election of both a new President and Honorary Secretary.
The incoming President is Nick Gurney-Champion a Partner with Gurney-Champion & Co Solicitors of Newport, IW and Portsmouth. Nick is the previous Honorary Secretary of SAALS, a past President of Hampshire Incorporated Law Society and remains an active member of their committee.
The new Honorary Secretary is April Ross, a litigation solicitor with RJR Solicitors on the Isle of Wight. She is immediate past President of the Isle of Wight Law Society and also its current Honorary Secretary.
Nick said “I am delighted to have been elected President of SAALS. It is my intention during my Presidency to make the Association become more involved in major developments effecting the solicitors profession”
Note for Editors: The Southern Area Association of Law Societies was established in 1949 with five founding Law societies – Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Incorporated Law Society, Bournemouth and District Law Society, Dorset Law Society, Hampshire Incorporated Law Society and the Isle of Wight Law Society. It currently incorporates all the founding societies as well as Hertfordshire and Surrey Law Societies.