A trainee solicitor with Swindon-based Thrings has been appointed chairman of the Junior Lawyer Division of the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Law Society.
Scott Robins will be responsible for engaging higher numbers of junior legal practitioners in the regional organisation.
GWILS provides academic and practical support to solicitors, trainees, paralegals, legal secretaries and legal executives, offering a packed agenda of high-value events designed to share industry know-how and build links with legal professionals.
Members also benefit from the society’s online forum where legal updates, job opportunities and details of local events are shared.
In his new role, Scott will curate and manage events targeted at junior lawyers and practitioners.
Kicking things off will be a practical session on how to present a Cost Case Management Conference, to be held at Thrings’ Swindon office on 28 June.
The seminar, organised in conjunction with Paragon Costs and Guildhall, will include a mock CCMC and will give participants the opportunity to question experts about recent changes to the law.
Also representing GWILS in the Association of South Western Law Societies, Scott will discuss matters of local and national interest alongside fellow JLD chairs, presidents and honoraries from across Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Monmouthshire and Plymouth.
Currently seated in Thrings’ commercial property team, Scott said: “The legal profession is constantly changing in ways that will impact the future of the legal profession.
"With so many law firms and in-house lawyers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, the area is rich in legal experience.
"My job will be to bring experts and junior professionals together to share this local know-how, giving us the tools to deliver an even better service to our regional clients. I thoroughly look forward to engaging more junior lawyers in this active law society.”
Ramona Derbyshire, commercial litigation partner at Thrings and GWILS president for three terms said: “We are delighted to have Scott on board to reach out to our younger and less experienced members - who are vital to the future of the profession.
"To be able to support them in this way is fantastic. We will be encouraging both junior and senior members to highlight their achievements through the second annual GWILS Legal Excellence Awards later this year. Nominations will open soon.”
This year’s Legal Excellence Awards gala dinner will take place on 22 November 2018 at Bowood House Hotel in Calne. Details are available at www.gwils.co.uk/site/about/gwils-events/awards-dinner