Events archive

  • Launch of the WLLS Prize Essay Competition

    Venue: The Law Society

    Event Date: 16th April 2021 / Entires close on 9 July 2021

    On 16 April 2021, WLLS launched its inaugural Prize Essay Competition on the subject of access to justice.

    Aimed at law students, apprentices, trainees and NQ solicitors connected with the WLLS membership area, there is a £500 prize for the winning entry which will also be published.

    The full essay title is “Is access to justice the cornerstone of a democratic society under the rule of law?  If so, why?  If not, why not?”

    Entries close on 9 July 2021, and full details and the Competition Rules can be found in our News section or by downloading the Pdf below.

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  • It's that time of year again folks, and as always, with the support of our generous sponsors we are proud to present our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 2019

    On Thursday, 28th November 2019 from 6.30 p.m. at the Law Society Bar 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL  Come and enjoy the festive cheer with friends old and new. Insight Legal Software, Wesleyan, and Lloyds Bank  Socialise and make new connections over drinks and nibbles. Win fabulous raffle prizes* and take home goodies provided by our sponsors. Altogether a fun and relaxed evening.

    This is a free evening but due to capacity, please confirm your attendance.

    Enquiries: 07908684737
  • Presented by West London Law Society and The 36 Group
    AN EVENING WITH MILTON JONES A Comedy of (Legal) Errors

    A unique opportunity to experience Milton Jones in conversation with Julian Young, President of West London Law Society. Also featuring George Harley (Barrister-at-Law) Entwining law, horror and humour.

    The event is FREE and will be followed by networking drinks and nibbles.

    Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 6.30 pm (doors open 6 pm) at The 36 Group 4 Field Court, Gray’s Inn London WC1R 5EF

    Places are limited so please book early. To reserve a place, please email Rina Patel at

    Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer.

    Speakers: Andrew Waddell, Nicola Watkins, Helen Gillespie In conjunction with West London Law Society, you are invited to a CPD property seminar which will provide an essential tax update for residential property lawyers. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A session and a ‘round table’ type discussion on the property sector.

    The engaging speaker for the evening will be Andrew Waddell, Managing Director, from Winslows, a boutique tax law firm that specialises in working with other law firms that do not have internal tax departments. The ‘round table’ type discussion will be hosted by Nicola Watkins and Helen Gillespie from LegalinX, a market leading property and company information provider. Nicola and Helen would like to explore key challenges currently facing the property law sector, the changing needs of customers and how firms are adapting and technology innovations and what impact they may have on the conveyancing process.

    The event is FREE and will be followed by networking drinks and nibbles.

    Event Date: Wednesday 27 March 6pm - 7.30pm Room SG01, The University of Law,  14 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DE

    Register using the attached flyer or email

    On Thursday, 6 December 2018 At the Law Society Bar 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL

    This a free event thanks to our generous sponsors Legal Network London, Wesleyan, LEGALINX and Lloyds Bank

    Come along and socialise with lawyers from all disciplines in a relaxed and fun environment, which includes a FREE BAR (whilst the very generous bar tab lasts) and FREE finger food!

    To add to the fun our sponsors will provide goodie bags, and there will also be a number of prize draws. For each raffle ticket purchased you may stand a greater chance of winning a Blackstones Criminal Practice 2019 plus other fabulous prizes!

    Get into the festive season with the West London Law Society by joining us at the Law Society Bar, where you are guaranteed to have some fun and be able to speak to old and new friends… we’ll see you there!

    Date: Thursday, 6 December 2018 from 6.30pm

    Capacity is limited to 90 guests so to confirm your attendance you must RSVP:

    Enquiries: 07908684737

    Newsflash: Extra Raffle Prize Hospitality for two at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 ‘World-renowned, glamorous and quintessentially British, RHS Chelsea is a truly unique and unforgettable day out.’ Enjoy full hospitality with Brewin Dolphin at Wren House, with access directly into the show from The Royal Hospital lawns.  Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea will be served with refreshments served throughout the day. This is a fabulous opportunity for you and a guest to see the best that the show has to offer, while being able to step away from the crowds and relax on the lawns of The Royal Hospital. Choose your preferred day between Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th May.  The show is open 8am – 8pm. Donated by Brewin Dolphin.
  • AN EVENING OF WINE ‘N JAZZ ​featuring Ted Beament

    At the home of Michael Simmons & Samantha Dean 104 Oakwood Court Abbotsbury Road Kensington W14 8JZ (nearest tube Kensington High St or Holland Park)

    WLLS is reviving its highly sociable jazz and wine nights to showcase one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists, Ted Beament, who played for many years in the renowned Humphrey Lyttleton band.  Our former President, Michael Simmons (2004/5), a lifelong jazz aficionado, will be hosting us at his home in Holland Park.

    We have a maximum of 30 places available for this unique event.  After some 50 years as a partner in two London law firms, Michael has a new career as a novelist dealing with the law and lawyers.  His third book, Double Exposure, was recently published to great acclaim, including a first-rate review in The Times law pages, and all guests will receive a complimentary copy.

    Tickets are £22.50. Please email Michael Nathan at to reserve, and complete form below and post with cheque OR send a direct bank payment to West London Law Society (Account No. 04627296) at National Westminster Bank PLC, 10 Marylebone High Street, London W1 (Sort Code 50-30-25) quoting your name as reference

    Date: Wednesday 7th November 2018 7-9 pm (drinks from 6.30pm) RSVP to Michael Nathan quote ref ‘WLLS/JAZZ’ at:
  • The West London Law Society cordially invites you to An Evening with Jerry Hayes Join us at the University of Law for a discussion with former MP and Criminal Barrister, Jerry Hayes as he discloses the truth about his life in politics and the law

    Tuesday 26 June 2018, 6.00pm
    Hosted by the University of Law London Bloomsbury, 14 Store Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7DE
    Nearest tube stations: Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road
    Cost: Free
    Drinks and Canapes before and after the event.
    RSVP to Matthew Humphries quote ref ‘WLLS/Jerry Hayes; at:
  • You are cordially invited to a Social and Networking Evening

    Venue: At the University of Law, Store Street, WC1
    Date: Thursday 26th April 2018 From 18:00
    “Drinks, nibbles and networking. You know it makes sense and ... it's free!”
    RSVP to Matthew Humphreys
  • Cyber Crime: the risks for solicitors and how to avoid them

    Venue: 36 Bedford Row WC1R 4JH

    Event Date: 24th November 2016 - 6pm for 6.30 (start with drinks, and canapes after the event)

    Cyber fraud and crime are key concerns in today's legal practice. For criminal practitioners cybercrime is the future - organised crime, online fraud, commercial espionage, sabotage and cyber stalking but what does it mean for the rest of us?

    What are the effects of cybercrime on businesses, SME’s, private clients and mixed practice pratitioners? For example, has a Computer Misuse offence been committed in your Family, Employment or Civil case?Learn what your firm’s PI Policy actually covers, common causes of cyber claims and how this will affect the PI market in the next few years. Find out about methods used by fraudsters to target client money and understand some key preventative measures you can take to safeguard your clients, your business and your reputation. An analysis of what offences are being committed and how. Who are the cybercriminals, who are the targets, what are the motivations and what outcomesdo they seek? Hear about the scale of the problem and its exponential growth.

    Speakers include William Harbage QC, Kevin Barry and Sarah Gaunt from the Serious and Complex Crime department at the 36 Group. Scott Thorne from Miller Insurance and Lloyds Bank.

    Space is limited so please book early.

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  • “Asteroid Mining - Gold Rush or Going Bust”

    A look at the legal and other aspects of Asteroid Mining – a sequel to “Who Owns the Moon”

    Venue: 2nd Floor Burwood House 14-16 Caxton Street London SW1H 0QY

    A talk by Michael Morris Franks LLB, FBIS

    Event Date: 5th October 2016 Time 6.30

    A sequel to his fascinating talk last year, Michael will take a look at the current law on this subject, including the "Outer Space Treaty", the “Moon Treaty" and the “US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act 2015", and the possible conflicts between these treaties and legislation. He will also review the Government of Luxembourg’s proposed legal framework, and look at the companies which are preparing to carry out Asteroid Mining as private entrepreneurs develop spacecraft capable of reaching low earth orbit and beyond.

    The talk will consider private international law and the jurisprudential theories of ownership to assist you in giving your certificate of competence to the SRA. Refreshments will be provided and the talk will be free to members and guests of West London Law Society and City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society. Space is limited so please book early.

    This will be an event in World in Space Week which is a week designated by the United Nations to celebrate each year at international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition

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  • Annual Dinner

    Venue: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly London W1J 7PY

    Principal Guest: Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

    Event Date: 29th September 2016 6:30pm

    We are delighted that Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, author of My Life of Crime , will be our main guest and speaker. Sir Ivan is one of the most experienced and charismatic QC's at the criminal bar today, and has won a considerable reputation, mainly as a defender, in some of the UK's most notorious cases. His practice has also taken him to The Hague in a mass murder war crimes trial. As an MP for 23 years, Sir Ivan was heavily involved in improvements to criminal justice, whilst continuing his practice in the criminal courts, and also sat regularly as a Recorder in London. 

    We hope that you, your colleagues and guests will join us for an enjoyable and memorable evening.  Each attendee will receive a pre-dinner drink and three-course dinner with wine. Further details to follow shortly.

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  • The Modern Family: The Law on Surrogacy and Same Sex Families

    Venue: 36 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH

    Speakers: Hannah Markhan QC, Martin Kingerley and Marisa Allman

    Event Date: 30th June 2016 6pm for 6.30pm start

    As families and their dynamics evolve, the law surrounding surrogacy and same sex families is becoming ever more relevant. Martin Kingerley and Marisa Allman of The 36 Group will take you through a whistle stop tour of this interesting, complex and ever changing area of family law. Space is limited so please book early.

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  • Proceeds of Crime Seminar

    Venue: 84-84 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AG

    Event Date: 5th May 2016 6:30pm

    This has been organised in conjunction with 5 Paper Buildings who have supplied the speakers. The event is free, but we do ask that you confirm your attendance by registering. Should anyone have any difficulty registering via Eventbrite or have any other queries, please contact Jennifer Richardson at who will be pleased to assist.

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  • Presidents & Secretaries Conference

    Venue: The Law Society

    Event Date: 6th & 7th May 2016

    The Law Society’s annual Presidents and Secretaries conference takes place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May at the Law Society’s building in Chancery Lane, London. This flagship event will incorporate a varied mix of plenary and breakout sessions ensuring delegates are offered the opportunity to discuss common challenges, share experiences and hear practical tips from both their peers and expert speakers.

    Great care has been taken to create a programme which recognises the different challenges each local law society face. As a result, the 2016 programme includes additional workshop sessions allowing delegates to attend more sessions relevant to their needs. Local law society Presidents and Honorary Secretaries are invited: if either are not able to attend a suitable committee member is very welcome to attend in their place.

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  • London Legal Charities Walk

    Venue: TBC

    Event Date: 16th May 2016 4:30pm

    A 10km charity fundraising walk in central London. No entry fee but we do ask every walker to raise as much sponsorship as they can. All funds raised will support free legal advice charities in London and the South East.

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  • Legal Charities’ Garden Party

    Venue: Grays Inn, London

    Event Date: 16th June 2016 6.00pm

    Enjoy an evening in the beautiful surroundings of Gray's Inn, networking, catching up with old friends and perhaps meeting new one.

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