Our President


Written By: Jason Waghorne
Edition: September 2019

With many on holiday, myself included, it was of no great surprise that things have been a little quiet since my last message. However, with the holiday season over, I can get myself back to steeling myself for the hectic pre-Christmas run-in. At this point in time, one of my ambitions for my Presidential year is to be able to fit into my dinner jacket at the annual dinner. Perhaps a little self-restraint is called for, though looking at my diary that may be difficult!

Despite my absence, time and tide waits for no man and so it is with regret that this message sees me needing to say that one of the Society’s administrators, Nancy Kennewell, will be leaving us this month after 10 years of loyal service. Nancy is looking for a new challenge and so is leaving us for pastures new. On behalf of the Society, I would like to formally thank Nancy for all the work she has done over the past decade and wish her well in her new role.

Changes are also afoot in the Society’s Criminal Committee where, after nigh on 20 years, past-President Ash Bhatia is stepping down from his role as Chair.

Although our paths never crossed prior to my taking on a role with Council, those of you who know Ash (and those are numerous in number) will understand when I say that his name was the first I could recall following my first meeting. Since that time I have always admired Ash’s ability to speak as he finds, and again I would like to pass on the Society’s sincerest thanks for all the work you have done.

With an unstinting commitment to the Society Ash will continue reporting to the Council in his on-going role of Constituency member. His leaving the position of Chair of the Criminal Committee does leave large boots to fill, but I am very pleased to say that Ian Boddy of The Johnson Partnership has agreed to take the mantle of a committee which is so intrinsic to the Society. I have no doubt that Ian will continue Ash’s hard work and keep the Criminal Committee a forum which is as energetic and vital as one might hope.

Turning to more social affairs, a merry band of (not so) sharp-shooters enjoyed a clay pigeon experience at the Cockett Farm Shooting Ground in Farnsfield.

The idea of putting a shotgun in the hands of a naturally argumentative bunch of lawyers could have been risky, but I am pleased to report that the only damage caused was a number of obliterated clays and a few dented egos. Needless to say I didn’t win, and so we’ll just gloss over the final rankings!

Hot on the heels of the Society’s successful networking event in Newark, dates are in the diary for similar events in Mansfield and Nottingham. I look forward to meeting a number of you then.

Best Wishes

                       Jason Waghorne