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Richard Atkinson - 2018 President, Kent Law SocietyWelcome to the Kent Law Society's website. Whether you are looking for legal help, or you are a law student, or a solicitor or paralegal, I hope you will find the contacts and information you need here. To those seeking legal help, I would like to say that our county has a wealth of legal expertise and infrastructure to meet all needs, and the Society's skilled members are on your doorstep. Our Find a Kent Lawyer section will put you in touch with the help you are seeking.To law students, the Society offers practical training, networking, social interaction, and support in job-seeking. See particularly our Careers in the Law section, and consider becoming a student member of the Society. Our Society was formed to provide fellowship, support and championship for solicitors. Our training courses for members and non-members offer the best value around for CPD, and the membership fee is quickly paid for through course fee discounts for members. Our social events provide congenial company and mental stimulation, and the contacts and resources of the Society are aimed to help both the successful practitioner and the struggling one.

Richard Atkinson, President




On 16th November I met Rosie Duffield, Labour MP for Canterbury and was able to discuss the serious impacts of legal aid cuts on the people, usually the poorest and most marginalised in society, who use the courts, and on the Courts Service itself.

The General Purposes Committee meeting at Kings Hill on 14th November.

At the Justice Service for Kent in Rochester Cathedral on Sunday 7th October, with Mâitre Pierre Verley of the Lille Bar, Malcolm Butler, my Vice President Emma Palmer, Jon Pitt and Deborah Hatton.

I was one of 600 guests at the 200th Anniversary Dinner of the Birmingham Law Society. I am here with the Birmingham Law Society President James Turner - we are both partners at Tuckers Solicitors.

With Chris Handford, Director of Regulatory Policy at the SRA, at our Q&A Session in Canterbury on 10th September.

With Sir Brian and Lady Leveson.

With Sir Brian Leveson and Joe Egan at the Law Society drinks reception.

With new Hon. Sec. Deborah Hatton and Vice-President Emma Palmer.

With last year's president Edward Lewis.

With Joe Egan.

With Joe Egan and Tony Girling, a former president of both Kent Law Society and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Joe Egan, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, addresses the AGM.

Prof. John Fitzpatrick thanks the Society for the award to Kent Law Clinic.

Ray Harris responds to the announcement of his award.

We make HH Richard Polden an honorary member of the Society.

I fasten (with a little difficulty) the vice-presential jewel on Emma Palmer.

I receive the presidential jewel from 2017 president Edward Lewis.

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