Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls will be making a keynote speech in Leeds on 26 May 2016.

Watch out for further details!


Activity Update for President and Directors

    • 27 July: Deputy President, David Cowgill attended drinks reception with the Lord Mayor of London at Yorkshire Building Society
    • 17 July: President and Deputy President dined with Joe Egan President of The Law Society at Carey Street, with other officers from the Joint V group of local law societies
    • 11 July: Bill Barton met with the LSB and SRA

BREAST CANCER HAVEN is the President’s chosen charity for 2017/18


  • 10 July: Business and Property Court Launch event
  • 5 July: Professionals Collaborative Networking event
  • 4 July: United North Lunch (Sue Harris attended)
  • 29 June: A meeting of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies
  • 22 June: Joint V Meeting – (the five largest local law societies in England)
  • 14 June: The Leeds Conference
  • 12 June: Legal Walk for Justice
  • 2 June 2017 – President Bill Barton interviewed by the Yorkshire Post’s business editor Mark Casci
  • 25 May 2017 – Sue Harris and Catie Woodward invited by Mr Justice Norris to dine at the Judges’s lodgings
  • 16 May 2017 – AGM and Retiring President’s Dinner with directors and staff
  • 5/6 May 17 – Presidents and Secretaries Conference at the Law Society – Chancery Lane: President Sue Harris and Senior Manager Jane MacGregor
  • 2 May 17 – President attended a lunch with Joe Egan Vice President of The Law Society, and others from the region in York
  • 27 April 17 – Lecture by Keir Starmer at Leeds Beckett then dinner with KS, Deveral Capps and other professors from the Law, Politics and Social Science departments at Leeds Beckett
  • 28 April 17 – Sue Harris attended the ICAEW Dinner at Aspire (guest speaker Steve Cram)
  • 10 March 2017 – BPP trainee networking event
  • 10 March 2017 – Estate Agents, Surveyors and Valuers’ Association luncheon
  • 9 March 2017 – Leeds Annual Legal Dinner
  • 8 March 2017 – Business Launch of Leeds 2023 – bid to be European City of Culture
  • 7 March 2017 – KPMG seminar on e-disclosure
  • 2 March 2017 – Manchester Law Society Awards Dinner
  • 17 February 2017 – Swearing-in of the new judge HHJ Klein
  • 17 February 2017 – Meeting with Mr Justice Norris
  • 17 February 2017 – President Sue Harris attended Sheffield Law Society Dinner
  • 6 February 2017 – President Sue Harris attended a Leeds Law Society seminar on fixed recoverable costs with Lord Justice Jackson
  • 31 January 2017 – The monthly officers’ meeting was held at 62 Wellington Street, with reports being presented by the Law Society’s Relationship Management team and Nick Emmerson the Council Rep for Leeds
  • 26 January 2017 – President Sue Harris attended the second of a series of KPMG seminars, entitled ” An Introduction to Financial Statements for Lawyers”
  • Deputy President, Bill Barton met with Jennie Frost from the Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the Society’s support for the Growth Strategy and inward investment for Leeds
  • 25 January 2017 – Bill Barton and Sue Harris attended the Leeds Growth Strategy Summit with business leaders and Leeds City Council
  • 17 January 2017 – Leeds Law Society involvement in a collaborative seminar presented by Sir Clive Woodward on teamship – a joint venture with the new Professional Collaborative Network in Leeds
  • January 2017 – Sue Harris is holding meetings with KPMG and the in house rep to discuss a programme of in house lawyer training
  • End December/Early January Sue Harris is helping to complete the PI Reforms consultation (with Richard Coulthard) and the SQE Consultation (with CW)
  • 21 December – Sue Harris held a telephone discussion with Peter Farr, Head of the Master of the Rolls’ Policy Team and Private Office of the Judicial Office for England and Wales to discuss the visit by Jackson LJ on 6 February 2017 to discuss Fixed Recoverable Costs
  • 20 December – Clarion costs department Christmas event at Cross Keys – attended by Sue Harris
  • 15 December – Fixed Recoverable Costs conference call with Joint V local law societies, President Sue Harris and The Law Society
  • 13 December – Welcome speech by President Sue Harris for the appointment of the new Chancery Judge in Leeds
  • 7 December – Sue Harris had lunch with the new Chancellor of the Chancery Division – Leeds Court
  • 6 December – Bill Barton and Mark Turnbull hosted a meeting with Leeds City Council and senior practitioners to discuss the ongoing research project into the value of Leeds’ Legal Services
  • 6 December – LLS Festive Networking event at Bills restaurant attended by several LLS directors
  • 2 December – Sue Harris attended a meeting with the Institute of Directors to discuss digital infrastructure and devolution for Yorkshire
  • 28 November  – Sue Harris gave a short speech at the Valedictory for HHJ Behrens
  • 23 November – Joint V meeting in Bristol attended by the President and Senior Manager
  • 18 November –  Christina Blacklaws:  Deputy Vice President at The Law Society came to meet the board at 62WS
  • 10 November – Liverpool Law Society Annual Dinner attended by Deputy President Bill Barton
  • 9 November – Sue Harris attended an SQE workshop at 62WS in conjunction with Leeds University and BPP and representatives from member firms and the council5 November – Law Works Annual Pro Bono Awards, London – Leanne Coyle attended
  • 20 October – Ward Hadaway Office Opening – Immediate Past President Colin Gilbert attended
  • 20 October – Birmingham Presidents Annual Dinner attended by Sue Harris
  • 13 October – Sue Harris as President and Leanne Coyle as Chair of the JLD attended the Leeds Legal Awards at New Dock
  • 10 October – Sue Harris attended a Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds City Council event with Alistair Campbell and Clarke Carlisle speaking.
  • 5 October – Sue Harris and David Barraclough attended a Yorkshire Union meeting
  • 3 October – Sue Harris attended the Opening of the Legal Year at Westminster Abbey (following breakfast at The Law Society at Chancery Lane).
  • 2 October – Sue Harris was invited to dinner at the Middle Temple, London with the Leader of the Bar Council and Robert Bourns
  • 29 September – Sue Harris, Bill Barton and David Barraclough attended a dinner for Leeds’ Managing Partners at Aspire
  • 23rd September – National Local Law Societies Conference, Birmingham – Sue Harris in attendance. A great opportunity for Local law Societies of all sizes to discuss lots of issues.
  • 21 September – Sue Harris read a valedictory message for His Honour Judge Kaye who is retiring.
  • 19 September – Technology and Construction Courts (TCC) Users Group meeting. Sue Harris in attendance.
  • 9 September – Sue Harris attended the Society of Construction Lawyers lunch.
  • September 2016 – Sue Harris was interviewed for Business Desk.
  • 13th July – Law Society Dinner at Carey Street for the out going President, Jonathan Smithers
  • 20th July – Sue Harris and David Cowgill (Treasurer) attended a meeting with Catherine Dixon (CEO of The Law Society) with other representatives of the Joint V (the five largest Law Societies outside of London) to talk about Brexit and what The Law Society are doing to try and protect members’ interests. READ NOTES HERE
  • 6 July – Apprentices City Talks meeting: the idea being to bring together apprentices from different professions. LLS is also working with BPP to prepare two guides on the different routes to Qualification – 1 for students and 1 for employers.
  • 30 June – Litigants in Person meeting at the court with HHJ Gosnell. There will be a further meeting and a similar discussion with family division.
  • 29 June – Seminar with HHJ Raeside at St Philip’s Chambers with the aim of re-establishing the TCC users group for further discussion on current issues.
  • 29 June – Leeds Legal Sector meeting with Leeds City Council and law firms’ representatives.
  • 21 June – Yorkshire Union Meeting:  LLS is assisting with the revitalisation of the YU.
  • 17th June – Attendance at the annual Yorkshire Tax Dinner
  • 13th June – The Legal Walk for Justice (10k) around Leeds in support of the President’s chosen charity, Personal Support Unit (PSU) Leeds.
  • Court Liaison Group meeting with Vice Chancellor giving LS President the opportunity to go through her synopsis of survey responses with him.

If you have any issues to raise in relation to this please contact Sue Harris via president@leedslawsociety.org.uk

Past President Updates:

2015 – 2016 – Colin Gilbert