Previous Events

Great Legal Quiz
21 November 2019 – The Corner Taphouse, 5 Market Walk, Huddersfield

The event was a great success and well supported by a number of firms. Over £300 was raised for legal aid charities (50% to The Access to Justice Foundation and 50% divided between LawWorks and Advocate) in conjunction with the University of Huddersfield’s Legal Advice Clinic and the Law School Challenge. Congratulations to the winning team from Switalskis Solicitors.

Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society Annual General Meeting
28 November 2019 – Chadwick Lawrence, Huddersfield

Notice of AGM
Report of the Committee
Letter to Members


Lawyer Checker Cyber Crime & Fraud Seminar
26 September 2019 – 12-2pm at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors

Tom Lyes of Lawyer Checker provided members with a free training session on how cyber fraud is not restricted to your firm’s property department and applies across your whole business.


Dale Carnegie – Secrets of Success When Working With People Seminar
5 September 2019 – 12-2pm at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors

Mark Fitzmaurice of Dale Carnegie provided members with a really entertaining training session on the secrets of success when working with people.


Marsh JLT Risk & Compliance Seminar
26 June 2019 – 12-2pm at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors
John Kunzler of Marsh JLT gave a presentation to members on risk and compliance and also provided lunch to those attending.


Leeds Legal Walk 2019
Monday 24 June 2019

A team of walkers, made up of Society members a number of our committee members, took part in the Leeds Legal Walk in aid of the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust. Full details of the event can be found at The Leeds Legal Walk is the largest of its kind outside of London.


Spire Barristers Training for Care Lawyers

Thank you to Spire Brristers for holding a free training seminar for care lawyers, hosted at Ridley & Hall Solicitors.


Round the Res Challenge 2019

Our Round the Res event took place on Thursday 16th May 2019 at Scammonden and was sponsored once again by Infotrack UK. Congratulations to the winning team from Schofield Sweeney Solicitors. Newcomers Holden Smith finished in second and regulars Arena Group earned the final podium place!


Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner took place once again at Berties.

Our Guest Speaker for the evening was former rugby league referee Julia Lee, sponsored by Lumley Baxter Asset Management LLP. Julia gave an inspiring talk on her life and how she became the first female referee in men’s rugby league. Guests were also treated to close up table magic by Miss Magic who was kindly sponsored by France & Associates. Arena Group kindly sponsored our arrival drinks.


District Judges Q&A Event

Our Q&A event with District Judges Woodhead and Barraclough was held on Thursday 11 April 2019 hosted by Switalskis.

Cheese and Wine Evening

Our Cheese and Wine event was held on Thursday 7 February 2019 hosted by Czerwiks of Brighouse. 


Presentation of Charitable Donation to Huddersfield Mission

Our outgoing President, Ashley Iredale, presenting a cheque for £750 to Deborah Murphy from Huddersfield Mission.  Thank you to all of our members who gave so generously throughout the year, particularly at the Annual Dinner.


Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society 137th Annual General Meeting 2018

The 137th AGM was held on Thursday 29 November 2018 at Chadwick Lawrence in Huddersfield.

Our outgoing President Ashley Iredale is pictured below with incoming President Samantha Spain of Switalskis Solicitors


Uganda Twinning Committee – Curry Night Buffet

The annual curry evening was held at the Chilli Lounge. Many thanks to Ruth Coneron for providing an excellent talk on the recent trip to Uganda.


The Great Legal Quiz

The Great Legal Quiz took please on Thursday 1 November 2018 at The Corner Taphouse and was very well attended by our members as well as staff and students from the University of Huddersfield and their Legal Advice Clinic as part of Justice Week.

In addition to the quiz, hosted by our Honorary Secretary Natalie Gibson and Phil Drake from the University of Huddersfield’s Legal Advice Clinic, there was a charity raffle. On the night £350 was raised for the Access to Justice Foundation through the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event.


Giant Pub Games Event
Thursday 20 September 2018
Ukrainian Club

Members took part in our giant pub games event at the Ukrainian Club in conjunction with Sunshine Events. Giant games included Connect 4, Jenga, Skittles, Darts, Air Hockey & Table Football.


Free Risk & Compliance Training hosted by JLT Legal Practices Group
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Colin Taylor, Head of Risk Management at JLT Legal Practices Group discussed “Can you make money from de-risking?”

JLT believes it is possible to reduce exposures and the costs associated by raising risk awareness among fee earners including Partners. Our lunch and learn session provided members with insights to transform the often negative attitudes to risk and compliance. The most common feedback has been “that was surprisingly informative and entertaining”. Thank you to JLT for the delicious lunch and to Chadwick Lawrence for hosting us.


Annual Softball Competition – 5 July 2018 at 6pm

The Annual Softball Competition was held at the YMCA. The winning team was Walker Singleton who were making their debut at the event.
Thank you to all firms who took part.


Annual Dinner – Thursday 31st May 2018 – Berties – Elland

The speakers for the evening were our President, Ashley Iredale and Vice President, Samantha Spain and Guest Speaker, crime author Amit Dhand.  Amit was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his DI Harry Virdee novels, ‘Streets of Darkness’ and ‘Girl Zero’.

A charity collection for Huddersfield Mission raised over £500.  Thank you to all of our members and their guests who supported the event.


Round the Res 2018 – Scammonden Dam – Thursday 17 May

The results were:-

Fastest Running Team :    Schofield Sweeney 1

Slowest Running Team:     Ramsdens 2

Fastest Lap:   Chris Lowe from Conscious Solutions

Slowest Lap   Sue Lynch from Simpson Wood

Fastest Walkers   Schofield Sweeney

Slowest Walkers     Switalskis  The Naughty Corner

Thank you to all of our runners and walkers who participated in the event – kindly sponsored by Infotrak. See you all next year!


Cheese & Wine Evening 2018


Cheese and Wine Evening – Thursday 19 April 2018 – Hosted by Czerwiks of Brighouse and with music from The Chandeliers

Thank you to all members and their guests who attended.


Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society 136th Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Railway Street offices of Chadwick Lawrence on 22 November 2017.  A speech was delivered on behalf of the out-going President Sarah Cookson who has overseen a very successful year for the Society.  Sarah’s speech can be found in full here.

President speech AGM November 2017

The meeting also saw new President Ashley Iredale of Schofield Sweeney and Vic President Samantha Spain of Switalskis take office.

Thank you to all members who attended.


Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society Annual Dinner 2017

The Annual Law Society Dinner was held at Berties LaCachette in Elland in March 2017.  The event was very well supported by a number of local firms and the guest speaker was motivational speaker Nicky Pattinson.  President Sarah Cookson and Vice President Ashley Iredale also gave speeches.  A charity collection for Mirfield’s Hollybank Trust on the night raised over £580.  Thank you to all members who attended.

Cheese & Wine Evening 2017

In February 2017, Czerwiks of Brighouse provided an excellent selection of their cheeses and wines for members to sample.  Music from James Munroe also made for a wonderful evening’s entertainment for members.


The inaugural Round the Res event 2017

The inaugural Round the Res event was held at Scammonden and was a huge success with 24 teams taking part. The winning runners were from Schofield Sweeney and the victorious walkers were from Simpson Wood. The Swan pub provided excellent hospitality after the event. Look out for detail of next year’s event in 2018!


Conveyancing Training 2017

A free conveyancing training seminar was held in January 2017.  Groundsure provided a presentation to members on the potential consequences of HS2.  STL presented on the topic of the growing risk of Japanese Knotweed.