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Dear Young Fraud Lawyers,
Welcome to the 2021-22 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to adopt new ways of working and socialising. We, as a committee, know that many of you join the YFLA for networking opportunities and as such, we have strived to maintain the YFLA’s social function during a particularly challenging year of lockdown. Thanks to the tenacity and dedication of our brilliant Social Secretaries, Katie Allard and Rebecca Hadgett, we were able to keep you entertained and connected by hosting a number of virtual events, including wreath making, wine tasting and watercolour painting. We also piloted the YFLA breakfast social, an informal virtual drop-in for anyone in need of a natter over their morning cup of coffee. Post-lockdown, we hosted our glorious Summer Social at Rotunda and were so glad to see many of you in person again.
The social baton has now been passed to our excellent new Social Secretaries, Phil Gardener and Chris Gribbin, who are champing at the bit to resume the YFLA’s live events programme. This dynamic duo will be planning four fantastic evenings for the year ahead, starting with the fun and festive Winter Social.
This year our fantastic Educational Secretaries, Gareth Hall and Matthew Worby, hosted three excellent educationals (both in person and virtually) on ‘Double Trouble: Civil Claim, Private Prosecution or both?’, ‘KBR v SFO: A Panel Discussion’, and ‘Corporate Criminal Liability’.
We are fortunate that Gareth and Matthew have agreed to stay in their posts for another year and will be delivering four more compelling educationals covering a range of civil and criminal fraud matters.
Educationals and socials aren’t all we offer; Katie Allard, our new Publicity Officer, will continue to expertly curate and publish the YFLA newsletter, for which contributions and articles from all members are invited (and encouraged!).
Please do keep up to date by following us on:
– Our website: www.yfla.com,
– Twitter (@YoungFraudLaw), and
We are also excited to announce that we will be launching a brand-new YFLA website this year. This is being designed to simplify our membership and event sign-up processes. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements.
Membership and Fees:
The membership fee will remain at £40 for the new YFLA year. I encourage you all to join or renew your memberships early in order to get the most out of what the YFLA has to offer.
Membership is open to:
• Solicitors, trainees, legal executives, and paralegals of no more than 10 years practice;
• Barristers and pupils of up to, and including, 12 years call; and
• Professional academics.
Thank You, Goodbye, and Welcome:
I would like to thank all members of the Committee for their commitment over the last year. In particular, thanks go to Chris Houssemayne du Boulay for agreeing to remain in post as Treasurer and Tom Orange, who has agreed to take on the role of Membership Secretary. Both roles are instrumental in ensuring the YFLA stays its course and continues to thrive, and we could not be in safer hands.
We also send our best wishes to Elena Elia, James Millward and Marcus Harewood who have decided to step down from the Committee this year; with particular mention of Elena and James for their invaluable dedication over many years of service. They have served the YFLA exceptionally and will be sorely missed.
Lastly, but by no means least, it is my pleasure to welcome Diana Czugler and Sophie Wood to the YFLA Committee. We all look forward to working with you.
We will all continue to work hard to make sure that the YFLA remains relevant and enjoyable for all our members and that it continues to provide the platform where professional contacts can be made, and lifelong friendships forged. To that end, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the Committee directly.
(Francesca Cassidy-Taylor), Chair