Jazz Evening 7th November

  • 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. Go to the events page for the flyer and contact details.


Why are contested probates on the rise in the UK?

  • Over the years we are seeing a rise in the number of wills being disputed

    Alex Fetani, Paralegal and Committee Member gives his take in the Newsletters and Articles section above.


Waistcoat Wednesday

  • Today is the day before this country discovers whether its’ football team is worthy of an appearance in the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon.  Everyone in England from Newcastle to ‘Southgate’ should support the team.

    Questions remain.  Will Croatia be ‘Kaned’?  Will the team achieve its’ ‘goals’?  I think that you can ‘spot’ where I’m going with this short article.  That’s the ‘penalty’ of having an LWA as President and writer of this piece; he will ‘throw in’ any even faintly amusing pun to entertain readers.  Are the England players going to be supplied with pet dogs now that they have shown that they can hold onto a ‘lead’?  Obviously they will leave no ‘Stones’ unturned in their search for victory and will give a ‘Sterling’ performance tomorrow and, hopefully, thereafter. 

    What really worries me is this song about ‘Sea lions on a shirt’.  What on earth have phoca vitulina and/or halichoerus grypus in common with ‘the beautiful game’?  I hope that it has nothing to do with diving.

    So, best wishes to Gareth Southgate and the England team in Russia tomorrow.  To celebrate should all lawyers wear their court garb including a waistcoat to confirm that it will indeed be Waistcoat Wednesday.


           Julian 10th July 2018



December 2017: response to SRA Consultation of Committee Member Klearchos Kyriakides

  • For anyone planning to respond to the consultation we have attached the personal submissions of Committee Member Klearchos Kyriakides in the Newsletter section above. Klearchos' concise submissions make interesting reading.



December 2017: Law Society President Joe Egan's call to action

  1. SRA consultations – ‘Looking to the Future’

If you have views on the consultations and would like to support us in our lobbying, please email us. The deadline for responses to both consultations is 20 December. Please encourage your members to respond.

> See an overview of the SRA proposals (PDF)

> See the Law Society responses


  1. Judicial Review – Important news for crime practitioners

Concerns over the sustainability of the fragile criminal legal aid sector in England and Wales have forced the Law Society to prepare to launch a High Court challenge against cuts to criminal defence fees.

We invite you to circulate our press release to any crime practitioners within your membership.


  1. Early Advice Campaign.

We want legal aid to be re-introduced for early legal advice, particularly in family and housing law. Our early advice campaign launched last week. Information can be found here and we would welcome you to embed our animation into your websites here.


  1. Social Mobility Ambassadors 2017 Launch

We launched our 2017 intake of social mobility ambassadors this week here. If you are considering delivering something in your region on diversity and inclusion and would like us to contribute please contact us.


  1. Women in leadership in the law

We are launching a programme of work in 2018 which aims to achieve equality for women in leadership roles within the legal profession. We need to collect vital data from the membership before the end of the calendar year.  We would be delighted if you could promote our survey with your members. We are casting our net far and wide, so all men and women in legal businesses are invited to respond.


  1. Money Laundering Reporting Officer Events January 2018 – Free of Charge

Develop a better understanding of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and how to stay compliant.

These seminars are designed to keep MLROs up to date with the latest trends and developments whilst facilitating discussions between local law practices about the challenges of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and enabling the sharing of good practice.

You will find further information on our website for events we are running:

London                            Thurs 18 Jan 2018 

Location:    The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL   


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Crisis at Christmas

We are pleased to announce that we raised £504 in the raffle prize draw at our Christmas Party. Could we thank all members and their colleagues for coming along to this very successful event and helping us to raise this money. The money went to Crisis at Christmas who sent us the following message:


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Thank you for your donation.....During Crisis at Christmas, our guests receive so much more than a hot meal and good company, they get the best support, housing and job advice, services and entertainment we can find, plus they get to find out about Crisis year-round services, bringing hope for a better year ahead.

When the centres close, most will be inspired to see the New Year in a positive way, sure that there are people like you and Crisis to help them transform their lives.

After Christmas, we'll send you our newsletter to tell you all about Crisis at Christmas 2016.

Thank you so much,

Karen Hardy
Supporter Services Manager
Phone - 08000 38 48 38
Email -

Other Documents

  • WLLS Draft Programme 2017
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