Highlights from your NWLC Management Board Strategy Meeting 2nd November 2016 include
the following agreement to:

Consider cautious expansion only to work alongside consolidating and promoting the
Consortium offer to current membership
Investigate and plan how inter organisational support might work and be facilitated
through the Consortium website
Improve reporting on success through our own website and from collection of
information from suppliers
Promote the use of added value through the partner solicitors firms
Ask member organisations to appoint a comms lead/champion for NWLC matters
Encourage the registering of specialisms of registered users
To improve alerts/messaging for forthcoming training courses
We will now be working on these areas and reporting on progress will appear in future bulletins.
Interesting times ahead!
NWLC Practice Managers Group
If you or a colleague wish to join the Group that’s absolutely fine – we’d welcome further input
from Practice Management /Business Development colleagues as well as legal practitioners.
On 9th February we have Performance Measurement and Benchmarking as our topic for the day.
More details of the programme for the day will be announced shortly on the website.
Course Materials
If you or your colleagues have missed out on one or more of our Consortium training sessions
you might find it helpful to see the slides/presentation from the session.
These are all available in the documents area of the website at

AND ALSO Those of you who are regular attenders at our NWLC Annual Training Day may
remember Ann Charlton from Lawcare presenting to us.
Ann got in touch recently to remind me about what the charity provides.
LawCare is the charity that supports and promotes good mental health and wellbeing in the legal
community throughout the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey. Our mission is to help the legal
community with personal or professional concerns that may be affecting their mental health and
wellbeing, and to promote understanding of how and when to seek help, without fear or stigma.
We are here to help all branches of the legal profession, and our free, independent
and confidential Helpline is available to all, including families and support staff. Calls and emails
to the LawCare helpline are answered by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand
experience of working in the law. We understand life in the law, and are here to listen and offer
emotional support. We can signpost to other support agencies too.
We also have a range of downloadable factsheets and other resources on our website, as well
as real stories of people in the law who have had issues and come through them.
Call our Helpline on 0800 2796888 or visit

Solicitor/Advocate Services available to member organisations
Nicola Hartley obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in Criminal Advocacy in July 2012 which
entitles her to exercise rights of audience in all criminal proceedings in the higher courts. South
Lakeland District Council would like to offer her services as a Crown Court solicitor advocate to
any Council that wishes to save money on counsel’s fees. Nicola is an experienced advocate
having dealt with in a range of criminal prosecutions, including food hygiene, revenues and
benefits fraud, environmental offences and health and safety.
Please contact Anthea Lowe Solicitor to the Council
on on 01539 793305 if you wish to wish to make further

The Consortium Annual Training Programme is available and loaded to the website – courses
You can book yourselves colleagues or clients on to the courses available through the website.