Michelle's Message

Michelle's Message

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Edition: June 2020

Adopt - Adapt - Achieve...

On 19th March, I closed the doors to the NLS office and Covid-19, retreating to the dining room for home-working.

The past 13 weeks have been full of activity, from cancelling the events such as the Annual Awards Dinner, arranging webinars and zoom meetings, to setting up new committees with HHJ Godsmark QC.

We have all had to adapt to a new way of working, still trying to the find the ‘me’ time and taking stock of what is likely to be ahead of us, when the world resumes some form of normality.

From the 4th July, pubs and restaurants can reopen but, even though we pine for the pint or Pinot Grigio, the pub experience is going to be very different to the one we enjoyed back in March.

What keeps us ticking…

For me, the love of the Society and the passion to keep us strong during these uncertain times is keeping me going!

In the last 3 years or so, it has been my aim to promote the Society, establish a core of networking opportunities for our members and improve its accessibility for all with provision of different courses and events.

As we sit with our finger hovering over the ‘pause’ button for most of that at present, it does not mean that we shouldn’t still aspire to have that busy social diary back again.  We know we are going to have to think about events a little differently and we will be in the hands of venues and their guidelines as to what we can achieve.  But we will get there….. 

Last week, the nation lost the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, the very same day when President Emmanuel Macron visited London to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal for French resistance.

Taking to the skies to honour the occasion were the fabulous Red Arrows and their French counterparts Patrouille De France performing flypasts over Buckingham Palace and Paris.

Most mornings I am treated to the wonderful roar of jets flying over the house and a 20-minute aerobatic display.  As my home is only a few miles from RAF Scampton, the Red Arrows practice their display formations from barrel rolls, to the diamond, arrowhead and Lancaster in my front garden!

Only this morning, I was treated to the love heart drawn in the sky outside my bedroom window. I watch in awe as they pass each other at extreme speed performing their amazing displays.  Due to the restrictions on large public gatherings, it is unlikely that there will be air shows this summer, but they still carry on and practice because one day they will happen. 

“We will meet again” words said by the Queen recently and of course, heard over the air-waves 

last week as we remembered Dame Vera Lynn.

On Tuesday 23rd June, we hosted our first virtual AGM in 145 years of history.  We were not going to be defeated by the virus and we were thrilled to have just under 40 participants attending the AGM including Deputy Vice President, Stephanie Boyce from The Law Society and Nick Gallagher, CEO from The Solicitors’ Charity.

The AGM was conducted in the same manner as it would have been if we were all in person. The closing speech from President Jason Waghorne followed by virtual chain handovers and the inaugural address of incoming President Philip Turton.

We adapted to our new restrictions, adopted a new medium to perform our AGM and achieved an excellent meeting.  The social media reaction both before and after the event was extraordinary – for more on this, please see the full AGM news article.

I look forward to seeing many of you at a real face to face event, just as soon as we are able.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Best wishes,

Michelle Taylor