Michelle's Message

Michelle's Message


Written By: Michelle Taylor
Edition: April 2021

Another spring month flies past and seeing the trees and flowers begin to bloom with foliage and flowers gives us hope that the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is getting brighter, especially as we begin to enjoy the lifting of restrictions for our favourite pubs and non-essential shops. Normality is slowly returning to our lives!

Let’s have a quick look back on what happened in March…

On Thursday 18th March we held another Zoom social event, Cocktails & Taskmaster.  All the guests in the Zoom cocktail lounge received a box of cocktail ingredients and the mixologist Beth took us through the steps to make the perfect Raspberry Mojito, Passion Star Martini, Apple & Elderflower Martini and Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, all we needed were the ingredients, glasses, plenty of ice and strong-arm muscles to shake the cocktail shaker.

Cocktail Mixologist - Beth

Cocktail Shakers at the ready...

One of the examples of weirdest clothes!

After an hour of cocktail making, the Society’s President Philip Turton took on the role of Greg Davies in our version of TASKMASTER and delivered the timed tasks.  These included finding the weirdest item of clothing, make a paper aeroplane blindfolded, craziest gadgets and not forgetting declaring your favourite album, CD or cassette.  

The evening certainly was a triumph, lots of laughter and hilarity, which we hope to repeat this week at our audience with Gary Bell QC.

We re-launched the Kevin De Silva Memorial Essay Competition and on Thursday 25th March, judges HHJ Coe QC and HHJ Godsmark QC announced the winner to all those that entered and a small audience.  Congratulations to Bianca Brasoveanu from The Johnson Partnership on winning the competition and well done to all those who entered!

President Philip Turton with Kevin De Silva 2021 Winner, Bianca Brasoveanu from The Johnson Partnership

Looking forward, this week we have the Hammond Cup final.  This annual competition has been restructured to be acted out online.  Thank you to Jim Buckley from VHS Fletchers, Lisa Hardy, Peter Joyce QC, Jane Jarman, Jane Ching and Joanne Baggeley for judging the first round and creating the competition content and of course thanks to Sarah Murray, NJLD Academic Secretary for managing the competition and entries.

The final will be attended by the finalists:- Tory Smith from MJC Law, Sara Fayaz from Gedling Borough Council, Sophie Price from Rotheras and Samantha Sargeant from Cartwright King.  They will be joined by the judges:- Simon Massarella JP and John Lymbury (Past NLS President) as well as actors Jim Buckley and Lisa Hardy and an audience of invited guests, including Ralph Hammond, son of the late Michael Hammond.

The second online AGM will be held next Tuesday 28th April, and if you would like to attend the event, then please complete the AGM Registration Booking Form, once completed an invitation and Zoom link will be mailed to you.

Don’t forget the Annual Awards 2021 nominations are open, closing date to nominate your ‘Lockdown Hero’, Solicitor, Barrister, Junior Lawyer of the Year as well as Practice/HR Manager and Contribution to the Community is Monday 21st June!

Read the latest 2020 Award winner interview, John Scruton – Practice Manager of the Year.

Rest assured as soon as we can arrange to meet up and network, we will get some events lined up, so please watch this space.

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the spring sunshine…

Best wishes,

Michelle Taylor