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Brabners Chaffe Street supports region's legal sector through 2012

Brabners Chaffe Street supports region's legal sector through 2012

Thursday 26th April 2012

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street is leading the way in supporting the legal profession in 2012 with two of the firm's Partners appointed to the helm of the region's two biggest law societies. Jeff Lewis has taken over as President of Manchester Law Society and Alistair Fletcher has been chosen as Vice President of Liverpool Law Society. 

Both Partners at Brabners Chaffe Street are keen to give something back and support the profession through the major changes ahead.

Jeff Lewis has worked as a solicitor in Manchester for 22 years and specialises in commercial litigation, dealing in particular with contract disputes and property disputes. He also sits as a Deputy District Judge and is an accredited Mediator and a Higher Court Advocate.

Jeff has always been an enthusiastic supporter of Manchester Law Society, having been a member of its Council since 1999 and chaired the Society's Civil Litigation Committee for the past 7 years. 

Speaking about his appointment Jeff said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be President of Manchester Law Society, even though impending changes to the regulatory framework, the economic downturn and the increasing scrutiny of the profession will make it a difficult year for many of our members.”

During his year in office Jeff is keen to make solicitors proud of their profession: “The legal profession in Manchester does a huge amount of high quality work for its clients, often for very low remuneration, or even on a pro bono basis, and I want to get this message across to the media and the public. Far too often the media portrays the profession as City “fat cats” - a completely exaggerated and subjective image. I'm hoping to give solicitors a sense of pride back.” 

Alistair Fletcher, the newly appointed Vice President of Liverpool Law Society, heads up the Social Housing department at Brabners Chaffe Street. He acts for social housing providers throughout the North West and beyond, with his client base ranging from the smallest co-operatives to national associations and including many stock transfer associations and their subsidiaries. 

Commenting on his appointment, Alistair said: “It is an immense privilege to be able to have the opportunity to help lead Liverpool Law Society in a time of such considerable change.”

He also spoke about the key themes for his vice presidential year: “I am very keen to help those who are thinking about, or about to begin their career in, the law. I also want to promote the commercial life of Liverpool on the basis that a flourishing legal sector is good for the city and a flourishing city is good for the legal sector. Finally, I would like to encourage pro bono and other community initiatives that are worthwhile per se and promote and improve the image of the legal sector.”

Brabners Chaffe Street has had a long and close association with Liverpool Law Society with more than 13 Partners from the firm holding the office of president since 1844. Recent presidents include Tim Marshall and Mark Feeny, both of whom still work at the firm. Tim Marshall's father, Michael Marshall, and grandfather, Roland Marshall, also held office. Past presidents of Manchester Law Society include Bill Royle and Arthur McKenna of James Chapman & Co, which merged with Brabners Chaffe Street in 2006.

Mark Brandwood, Managing Partner of Brabners Chaffe Street, said: "Recognising the position of Brabners Chaffe Street as being a major player in both the Manchester and Liverpool markets, we are delighted to be able to give something back to the legal community in both cities. In Jeff and Alistair, we have fine ambassadors for our firm. Both have done sterling work for their respective regional law societies for a long period of time, and we congratulate them both on these well-deserved appointments." 

For further information contact Deborah Ascott-Jones at Brabners Chaffe Street on 0151 600 3000