Michelle's Message

Michelle's Message

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Edition: May 2020

“Time is free, but it’s priceless.

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.

Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back”. 

Harvey Mackay

It is crazy to believe that we are hurtling towards the sixth month of 2020 and one question we do not need to ask ourselves is where did time go and what did we do?

We know exactly where we have been – we were in our homes, back gardens and sat in front of Netflix.

May is here, a month of events that either happened differently or were postponed.  On May 8th, we saluted our war heroes on VE Day.  The bunting was hung on the temporary Nottinghamshire Law Society office façade and I event ventured into the realms of creativity with a therapeutic ‘Lego’ workout!

There have been more 'lego' workouts or should I say challenges over the lockdown period, I will share those next month!

The wedding plans for May 24th have been shelved to Augsut 21st - let us hope we get there but, there is always doubt in your mind if social gatherings will permit events such as these so soon.

PSC Electives Cohort 2020!

Our PSC Elective cohorts of 2020 completed their training online with the great help and support of FRESH Professional Development. I missed having the groups in the Hub for their last training session days, it has been a pleasure meeting them, talking to them and laughing with them!

I wish them all the very best in their legal careers and hope that I will still see them at social events in the future!

The office has been busy, answering calls directing members of the public for legal advice. There have been several on employment law!

I would like to say thank you again for the contributions to the #Workfromhome section this month, 1 High Pavement, one from Tom Welshman and the second from Richard Gibbs. They share their insight on lockdown and adapting to new court routines, and Hopkins Solicitors have shared their lockdown adventures including live band footage and Tik Tok!

If you have some interesting stories to share, please email me we would love to hear how everyone is adapting to their new working environments!

We have also been active in our virtual committee meetings; the Civil Court User Committee meets every two weeks and a second group entitled ‘Possession Practitioners’ has been recently formed.  Regular bulletins are emailed direct to the membership, shared on social media and available to see on our website.

This week marks ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and I have been fortunate enough to sit in on two LawCare webinars, the first addressing mental health problems facing junior lawyers and the second in leadership and showing compassion.  We have created a ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ page, with useful links to webinars from LawCare, articles from The Law Society, The Law Society Gazette and other organisations for example The Solicitors Charity and the Barristers Benevolent Association.

Monday 11th May, Honorary Secretary, Shama Gupta and I joined The Law Society round table discussion event on Disability in the Legal Profession.  This was a very informative discussion group and highlighted the help and advice that is out there, as we all adapt to new working environments – for example, how important is the office chair for posture? 

To find out how you can get involved in these scheduled Zoom meetings, visit – Disability in the Legal Profession - Roundtables.

During these unprecedented times, it is even more important that we look after our mental health.  In last month’s bulletin there were some great articles from our members offering key tips of how to keep it all in check!

Don’t forget we still offer virtual online Yoga Sessions for our members via Coco Chill, every Wednesday. Simply click here to read how you can join the sessions and begin to the zen back into your life!

Monday saw the beginning of the Chelsea Flower Show opening online, one of my favourite programmes, and with the re-opening of garden centres, it has been great escaping into the garden to do some planting and see the spring/summer blooms.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend this weekend, please stay alert, stay safe and if you can stay home to save lives, do so.

We are getting there slowly, there is a light at the end of the tunnel… 

We will see each other on the other side!

Best wishes,

Michelle Taylor