Legal professionals celebrate 90 years of local law society

LAWYER UP: (Left to right) Imogen Fleur, Joanna Pratt, John Spence and Paul Reader

The Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society (TWTDLS) celebrated its 90th anniversary on Monday May 29.

Originally founded in the offices of Berry & Berry (now Berry & Lamberts Solicitors) in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells in 1933, the current President of TWTDLS, John Spence, a Property Litigation Partner at CooperBurnett LLP, was invited to mark the occasion at the office where the organisation began its life.

They were joined by Paul Reader, Managing Partner at Berry & Lamberts (and Head of its Commercial and Dispute Resolution Department). Also present were Joanna Pratt, Deputy Vice President of TWTDLS (and Senior Partner and Head of the Family department at Thomson Snell & Passmore) and Imogen Fleur, President of the Kent Junior Lawyers Division (and a Trainee Solicitor at CooperBurnett LLP).

The TWTDLS was founded in 1933 by local solicitors practising in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. It offers support to local solicitors and other legal professionals, as well as networking, training and social events, while also representing the local members in consultations with The Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority and other Government bodies. In addition to solicitors, members include paralegals, trainees, legal executives, barristers and in-house counsel.

The TWTDLS is sponsored by Newman Business Solutions, TN Recruits Law and Tower Street Finance.

John Spence is in his second year as President of the TWTDLS. “I am really proud to be leading the TWTDLS in its 90th year,” he said. “Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge are home to some highly respected law firms – some of which, in addition to Berry & Lamberts, have been members since the start, including Cripps, Thomson Snell & Passmore, Warners and Buss Murton.”

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