Our President


Written By: Laura Pinkney
Edition: April 2019

Welcome to my final President’s Message!

It has been an honour and a privilege to be the President and I have had an unforgettable year. I have been fortunate enough to have many amazing experiences and so I thought I would share some of my highlights with you:

  • I have to start with the Annual Awards Dinner last Friday! It was an amazing event and thank you to all of you who attended, including those who have supported me throughout my career and my year as President. Thank you also to all those that donated to charity on the night. I was overwhelmed to learn we raised a massive £3,025 for my nominated charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). I chose CRY because of the huge personal significance to my friend and Council Member, Naomi De Silva, in memory of her brother Kevin, also a Nottinghamshire solicitor, whose life was cut tragically short following an undiagnosed heart condition. As well as raising money for a good cause, there was also music, dancing, awards and a few other surprises! You will see from the photos that a great night was had by all!! Congratulations once again to all our brilliant and inspirational award winners – you are a very talented bunch. Read more about our award winners here.

        View the Gallery of Photos here

  • Walking in the procession at Westminster Abbey for the Opening of the Legal Year. I had turned up thinking I was there to attend the ceremony so it was quite a surprise to be handed robes and informed I was actually in the procession!;

  • Representing the Society in a heated panel debate at The Law Society’s annual Presidents and Secretaries Conference, arguing the case for an inclusive membership model as I am extremely proud we have one of the most inclusive membership models in the country;

  • Establishing our new Equality and Diversity Committee as I believe it is imperative that as a profession we are as diverse as those we represent;

  • Taking part in The Law Society’s Women in Leadership in Law project and supporting the work of The Law Society to improve the number of women in senior roles in the profession;

  • Riding on the back of a Harley Davidson courtesy of John Gossage - thanks John! - whilst sporting the full chain of office;

  • Having my very own ale at this year’s annual beer festival, The President’s Pale (because I am!); and finally;

  • My trips to Ghent and Karlsruhe as part of our twinning collaboration. I have been treated to extremely generous hospitality on my trips and have really enjoyed getting to know our twinning colleagues and experiencing their cities.

At the start of the year I set out to ensure we have an even more vibrant and active Society, to promote diversity and inclusivity, and to celebrate inspirational people within our profession. I hope that by sharing my highlights with you, these themes come across, as they are all things I care a great deal about.

The year would not have been the same without the support of Michelle and Nancy, Council, my friends and colleagues, and you, the members, so thank you. I have thoroughly enjoyed being your President.

The best of luck to my successor, Jason Waghorne, who I know will do a fantastic job! I formally hand over the chain of office at the AGM on the 30th April and look forward to seeing some of you there.

Best wishes