A fast-growing Yorkshire law firm received a visit from the president of The Law Society last week (Sept 5) as part of his mission to meet northern practices and prevent the professional body being seen as too London focused.
Law Society president, Andrew Caplen, who took office in July, visited Knaresborough-based Newtons Solicitors on a fact-finding mission.
Andrew Caplen, a Hampshire solicitor, who was accompanied by the Law Society’s regional manager for Yorkshire, Fiona Tatton, met Newtons Solicitors managing director, Chris Newton, who founded the firm in 2009 with his wife Sarah, also a director, and met other staff to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing local law firms and the practice’s growth plans.
Among other topics discussed were proposed changes to compulsory professional indemnity insurance for solicitors, maintaining quality standards, regulatory compliance issues and the challenges facing The Law Society in representing a growing range of legal practices around the country.
After the meeting, Andrew Caplen, said: This was an opportunity to meet local solicitors and hear direct about the challenges and opportunities they face. Law is a highly-diverse profession, with our members specialising in varied fields, so visits like this are vital to ensure that we reach out to all sections of the profession throughout England and Wales.
Chris Newton said: It was a very interesting meeting and it was pleasing to be chosen by The Law Society to meet with the president which is not something which happens every day for a provincial law firm.
We were chosen because of our good relationship with the Law Society Yorkshire office and because we are an innovative, successful law firm, embracing new management strategies to create a strong, trusted business in today’s competitive market.
Andrew Caplen became the 170th president of The Law Society in July. He was one of the co-authors of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Review and has written and spoken widely on access to justice and legal aid.
Newtons Solicitors, which was founded by Chris Newton and his wife, Sarah, who is also a director, has completed five years’ trading from a standing start and has seen turnover grow to £2.5M this year.
The firm, which also has offices in Harrogate, Ilkley, Knaresborough, Ripon, York, Leyburn, Richmond and Darlington, has 13 directors and LLP partners and 38 lawyers.