It has been a quiet first few months as President but I was very grateful to our friends at the Derby Law School for inviting me along to their Annual Dinner at Pride Park. I had a lovely evening but what really struck me was the amazing relationships the students had developed with the Law School staff. They celebrated together not as students and lecturers, but as friends who had collaborated towards a common goal of achieving the best possible grades. The University of Derby continues to improve and I was pleased to recently read that once again, it had climbed another league table. I am in no doubt that the relationship between staff and students is part of the reason for the improved ratings. As a Society, I believe that we can learn from the University’s approach. If we are able to improve collaboration locally, whether that is by getting involved with the committee, submitting ideas for future events or attending the events, we will all benefit from a more active local Society. With that in mind, it has been great to welcome so many new members to the Society over the past couple of months and I hope to see you all at our upcoming events.
The only other engagement since the last Bulletin was the Derby Legal Walk. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part, including The Hon Mr Justice Jeremy Baker who not only participated, but despite spending the entire 10k walking alongside me, he did not complain once. Although, maybe that explains why we completed the walk much quicker than we had expected. The Legal Walk raised almost £2,000 for the Midlands Legal Support Trust who will use the funds to support free legal advice charities. Thank you once again to everyone that took part and to those who donated.Plans are now almost in place for the cycle in April 2019 to raise money for the incredible Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. I am awaiting final confirmation of the date and route but the event will involve a cycle around our beautiful county, taking in as many of our member firms as possible. As soon as the plans are finalised, I will send out the details.
Finally, on Thursday 30 August 2018 at Attenborough Cricket Club, Derby and District Law Society will be taking on Nottinghamshire Law Society in the annual cricket match. Unfortunately, as a Society we are hoping to avoid a hat trick of defeats. If there are any cricketers out there, please get in touch. WE NEED YOU! Whether you are interested in playing or not, it would be great to see you there for what I hope will be a celebratory drink.