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Justice Service 2021

Each October, members of the Kent Law Society attend the High Sheriff's Justice Service at one of Kent's Cathedral churches. Robed KLS members with their President lead the procession of solicitors, barristers, recorders, coroners, district judges, circuit judges and judges of the high and supreme courts down the aisle of the cathedral for a fully choral service. Traditionally the service was held on the first day of each assize to pray that God give His blessing and guidance to the visiting High Court Judges in their work.

Our image shows 2021 President Alexandra Gordon (right) with the High Sheriff, legal and Church dignitaries and other KLS members.


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Our annual dinner takes place in May on the evening of the Annual General Meeting of the Society and during the evening the winners of the annual awards are also announced.  This is an opportunity to mix with colleagues, friends and the distinguished guests, to enjoy a fabulous meal, have fun and dance the night away. 

The 2022 event was hosted by barrister and TV celebrity Rob Rinder MBE and held at The Mercure Maidtsone Great Danes Hotel; over 330 people attended.

The 2023 event will take place on Friday 12 May at the same venue. The photo below shows Rob Rinder with all of the 2022 Kent Law Society Award winners. 


The Society runs many great networking events for solicitors around the County of Kent and in recent years these have included our Kent Fest in 2021, The Partners Lunch, curling, wellbeing webinars, gin tasting and sporting acitivites.  Regular Junior Lawyer events are also held.  Pictured below is the MP's reception at The House of Commons. 


Kent Law Society has been active in supporting the fight against cuts to criminal legal aid and court closures.  Letters to anKLS President and Hon. Secretary 2016-17d meetings with MPs, responses to consultations, bringing interested parties together, are part of the Society's commitment to Access to Justice for all. The Society also meets twice a year with the Chief Constable to raise issues and discuss ways in which we can work more effectively together.  We are energetic in promoting the profession in schools and universities and in supporting junior and aspiring lawyers.  The Society liaises with other Local Law Societies and makes use of the support provided by the Law Society (including its annual Presidents and Secretaries Conference - 2016-17 President Vanda James and Hon. Secretary Emma Palmer seen here at the Conference).


Our accredited and economically priced training courses are located conveniently in Kent and are open to members and non members.  A substantial discount on course fees adds value to the Kent Law Society membership subscription.

The annual Tucker Millward Memorial Lecture provides insight and erudition on topical issues in the legal world. This is a public lecture and free to attend.


Each year the Society organises a social event for its members, usually within the County. In recent years venues have included the Shepherd Neame brewery, the Kent & East Sussex railway, the paddle steamer 'Kingswear Castle', the races at Lingfield, a Ghost Walk in Canterbury, open air theatre at Mt Ephraim, Faversham, a jazz evening at Wrotham, carol singing at Chatham Maritime, a Magna Carta Moot at Sutton Valence and a gin tasting also in Tunbridge Wells.


Cordial connections with the Barreau de Lille are enjoyed by KLS members.  There are frequent cross-visits at annual dinners and social events and occasionally a more bespoke coming together is arranged.

Members of the Kent Law Society joined the Lille Bar for a Comparative Law Conference in Lille on 29th March 2018. The event, entitled La Nuit du Brexit, recognised one year to the date the UK was due to leave the European Union, and examined all the areas of legal practice that would be affected by this action. The event was held in the Regional Parliament building in Lille and was hosted by the Parliament's president.    We will be hosting the 2019 conference, which will take place at the University of Kent at Canterbury on 20th September.

The Society has been involved in twinning activity for twenty years now, since first signing an accord with the Lille Bar. This has proved to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of Society membership.  Close relationships exist with lawyer associations in Lille, Erie County (Buffalo, N.Y. state),  New York County, The Hague, Kortrijk and Gent.  As well as the personal friendships that can develop, useful business contacts can be made to the benefit of members' firms and clients.

We were represented at the ceremonial Passing of the Baton of Office of the Barreau de Lille, in Lille in December 2018.  The photo shows the outgoing Batonnier Mtr. Stephane Dhonte and the new Batonnier Mtr. Jean-Baptiste Dubrulle.


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