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1 October 2020
Dear Young Fraud Lawyers,
Welcome to the 2020-21 YFLA membership year. I am truly honoured to be serving as your Chair this year and extend a very warm welcome to all of you, whether you are new or continuing members.
Last year we had some brilliant social events pre-lockdown and we were delighted to see so many of you there. We hosted our Winter social at The Vestry and our Spring Social at The Kingpin Suite. Post-lockdown there was a virtual quiz (a first for the YFLA). I would like to thank our absolutely excellent Social Secretaries, Katie and Rebecca, for all of their hard work in finding the venues, arranging all of the food and drink (which we all overindulged in), and hosting some unforgettable evenings.
We are very lucky that they have agreed to stay in their posts for another year and they already have some brilliant and innovative ideas about how we can run socials in this new Covid-19 world in which we live. We, as a committee, know that many of you join the YFLA for
networking opportunities. The YFLA has a strong history of forging lasting professional (and personal) relationships between solicitors, firms, and members of the Bar which benefit our members professionally and personally for many years. We have not lost sight of this and will do everything in our power to ensure that you have these networking opportunities over the coming membership year, whilst staying safe and following whatever rules or guidance the Government deems appropriate.
James (the YFLA’s new Vice Chair) and I had the pleasure of serving as your Educational Secretaries and arranging three educationals (both in person and virtual) on ‘Cross-Jurisdictional Enforcement Post Brexit’, ‘The Impact of Covid-19’, and ‘Criminal Liability
Following Barclays’. I would like to thank James for all of his hard work in organising these events with me. I am looking forward to working closely with him once again this year. The educational baton has now been passed to our fantastic new Educational Secretaries,
Gareth and Matthew, who will provide you with three more interesting and relevant educations covering a range of civil and criminal matters.
Educationals and socials aren’t all we offer; Philip, our Publicity Officer, will continue to expertly curate and publish the YFLA newsletter, for which contributions and articles from all members are invited (and encouraged!). It is definitely worth a read – no doubt all of you have been reading it already – and previous issues can be found on our website (under ‘News and Events’).
Please do keep up to date by following us on:
– Our website: www.yfla.com
– Twitter (@YoungFraudLaw), and
– On LinkedIn.
Thank You, Goodbye, and Welcome:
I would like to thank all members of the Committee for all their commitment over the last year. I would like to thank Chris for taking up the role of Treasurer this year and Francesca, our fantastic Membership Secretary, who has kindly agreed to stay in post for another year and keep us on track. Her passion and organisation have meant that, even in these particularly tricky times, the YFLA’s membership has continued to grow. Special thanks go to Richard Clayman, Michael Roach and Josh Normanton who have decided to step down from the Committee this year. They have served the committee exceptionally for many years and they will be sorely missed.
Lastly, but by no means least, it is my pleasure to welcome Max Hobbs, Natalie Bird, and Tom Orange to the YFLA Committee. We all look forward to working with you.
Membership and Fees:
Sadly, we were unable to hold an in-person summer social or AGM last year. As a result, we did not spend as much as we otherwise would have done. We, as a Committee, have decided to pass those savings onto you. As a result, we are offering a reduced membership fee of £20 if you join on or before 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021 onwards the membership fee will return to the usual £40.
Membership is open to:
– Solicitors, trainees, legal executives, and paralegals of 10 years practice,
– Barristers and pupils of up to, and including, 12 years call, and
– Professional academics.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the committee directly.
(Arabella MacDonald), Chair