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Warwickshire Law Society make key appointments

19 March 2021
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An organisation dedicated to championing Warwickshire’s legal professionals has made a raft of key appointments to its board of directors to kickstart an expansion drive.

The Warwickshire Law Society - which is 106-years-old - has a new President with Andrew Nyamayaro from Coventry-based Tann Law Solicitors taking over from Richard Baker from John Onions Solicitors, which is based in Leamington Spa.  

Andrew - who becomes the society’s first black President - will also remain in his role as the Society’s Press and PR representative, along with being the main Law Society Council Member.

Richard will remain on the society’s board continuing in his roles as the society’s Parliamentary Liaison Officer, and Chair of the society’s Criminal Law Committee.

Robert Lee, Corporate Partner at leading Midlands law firm Wright Hassall, has been nominated as Vice President, while his colleague, Chelcie Evans has become the Chairperson of The Warwickshire Junior Lawyers Division.

Andrew, Rob and Richard will be joining Nick Button, Honorary Secretary, John French, Chair of the Contentious Business Committee, and Ron Beech, Honorary Treasurer, on the Society’s Board of Directors.  Both Nick and John are Partners of Coventry-based law firm Band Hatton Button LLP, and Ron is a retired Partner of the law firm Cocks Lloyd Solicitors.

The Warwickshire Law Society represents more than 500 solicitors, trainee solicitors and legal executives across the county on issues affecting the legal community, and also enables members to network with other legal professionals and obtain case referrals, as well as gain access to industry-accredited legal training.

Andrew Nyamayaro, President of the Warwickshire Law Society, said: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to help grow the organisation as President over the next couple of years.

“Richard has done a great job at helping to see the society through an unprecedented 12 months because of Covid-19; and even though we could not hold face-to-face events, the operations of the society continued unhindered and the report from the Treasurer showed that the society remains financially stable.

“Over the coming months we will be hosting more virtual events - such as webinars, training sessions and online social events - alongside our efforts to expand our membership. The appointment of Chelcie Evans has reinvigorated the society’s junior division and will hopefully encourage other junior members of the profession to join the society.”

Robert Lee’s appointment as Vice Principal comes more than 25 years after he initially joined as a member - with the Wright Hassall lawyer set to succeed Andrew as President.

Robert added: “I'm honoured to have been given the chance to represent such a prestigious organisation that is steeped in history and represents so many legal professionals across the county. 

“The Warwickshire Law Society is a vital resource for firms in the area, particularly when it comes to keeping up to date with various industry-wide developments around compliance and other issues that may be coming up in the future which my role at Wright Hassall enables me to do.

“It’s fantastic to see my colleague Chelcie joining the society, as it is crucial that younger members of the profession continue to uphold the proud history of the society for generations to come.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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