The first virtual AGM in 145 years of NLS history...

The first virtual AGM in 145 years of NLS history...

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Written: 29th Jun 2020

How many AGM dates can a Society have?

Well this year, Nottinghamshire Law Society has had two AGM dates!

The AGM was initially to be held on Tuesday 28th April in the beautiful Chemistry Theatre at Nottingham Trent University, however the pandemic put a stop to that and we had to re-group and consider what the Society was going to do next...

So AGM date number 2 was issued for Tuesday 25th June, in the hope that we would be able to join together at Nottingham Trent University and the pandemic would be over but, alas we couldn't so virtual we did!

We took to the virtual AGM meeting room at 5:45pm and with under 40 participants, with President Jason Waghorne chairing the meeting and giving his closing speech for the year.  There was a power-point presentation of photographs of Jason's year and all the events the Society had achieved in 2019-2020.  View the power-point presentation here.

Historical fact:  President Jason Waghorne has been the longest serving President in the 145 year history and the first to steer the society through a pandemic!

Attending the AGM were President Cup finalist Elinor Watts and Jack Stuart, where they shared their experiences of taking part in the annual negotiating competition. Also present was Chris Adams from Nelsons Solicitors and representative of the Dame Agnes Mellors Charity.  Chris spoke about the charity as this year, it has been nominated by the champions of the John Pearce Quiz - the Old Nottinghamians' Society.  We were delighted to announce that the John Pearce Quiz held in March this year, raised £1,146.00 for Prostate Cancer.

After Jason's closing speech, a virtual handover of chains was given to the incoming President Philip Turton.  Philip gave his inaugural address, which you can read in the June Bulletin - Our President.

This was then followed by Janine Smith, taking the Vice President's chain of office and the newly elected Deputy Vice President, Stephen Luke from Instalaw taking office. 

Also present at the AGM was Deputy Vice President, Stephanie Boyce from The Law Society.  Stephanie shared with our audience updates from The Law Society and how they were supporting members with resources in response to the coronavirus.

The second guest appearence was from Nick Gallagher, CEO from The Solicitors' Charity.  Nick shared a presentation on how The Solicitors' Charity has been offering support to lawyers during the pandemic with the Personal Hardship Fund and vice versa with the request for support via unclaimed balances.

As the AGM drew to a close, there was a virtual 'chink' of glasses and those that lingered in the virtual meeting room, laughed and chatted.

Next year's AGM will be held in May a date is yet to be confirmed.  

The Society's social media streams have been a buzz with the AGM activity there have been some lovely comments received, here are a few:

"Congratulations again Philip on your incoming appointment as President of Nottinghamshire Law Society" - Sushma Kotecha, Stowe Family Law

"I attended my first virtual AGM with Nottinghamshire Law Society yesterday evening as a member of the Equality and Diversity committee.  It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and to learn more about the great work the NLS has done over the past year" - Bethan Rosson, Eversheds-Sutherland

"Congratulations to ON Philip Turton, who became President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society on Tuesday" - Old Nottinghamians' Society

"So proud of my amazing and talented husband Stephen Luke for being voted in as the new Deputy Vice President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society! Many congratulations are in order for such a fantastic achievement!" - Reise Luke, Instalaw

Here are a few snap shots taken during the evening...