From The Editor

The run up to Christmas is upon us and, somewhat depressingly, we are already (mid November) inundated with Christmas adverts and that strange modern invention Black Friday!! Always sounds rather sinister to me. 

In this issue I am pleased to say that Fiona Apthorpe has taken up the Words of Wisdom baton and provided us with the benefit of her many years of experience (hee hee) about getting Consent Applications past the District Judge. Contributions on any area of law gratefully received for future issues. 

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there are no courses yet planned for Spring. We had several courses this Autumn which CLT tell me did go ahead so please let me have your requests.  I am happy to try and find “good value” speakers for any given topic. 

The Quiz (sponsored by Severn Trent Searches) will have taken place by the time that you read this but I am pleased to report that the take up for this event has been excellent – a near sell out – so readers you are obviously ‘out there’ somewhere! 

Ben mentions the awards at the Annual Dinner – nomination forms are ready to be sent out as you return to work in January so start thinking about who to nominate. This is a new venture for DDLS and we hope that you will support it, but be warned - even if we have ONE nomination per category we will be handing out those awards.

I was pleased to attend the Past President’s (anyone know what movie they were in???) Dinner in October, which, although was attended by a select few, was enjoyed by all. 

The Debate Competition is in full preparation mode. It has gone from strength to strength this year with more Derby City Schools taking part. The University of Derby Law students put on an excellent mock debate for the new participants. That event was judged by last year’s winners who then did an impromptu Q and A session with the new children which was most useful. Once again, our young lawyers did a fantastic job of representing the profession when visiting the schools.  The law student mentors are now working with the children to prepare for the main event which starts after Christmas. Thank you once again to all my Solicitors who have volunteered to judge.   The Final is on the 6th March 2019 from 4pm at the Copperbox Building. Please make a note to attend if you can. 

You will see that we have an informal Christmas Social planned for the 5th December – just turn up for a pint and a gossip. 

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Julia Saunders

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