The Society is located in South Cheshire which is a largely rural area in the centre of the county and based around the three towns of Crewe, Nantwich and Sandbach. The Society provides a forum for legal professionals living or working in South Cheshire. Members of the Society include solicitors, barristers, judges, law lecturers and law students. The Society sees itself as an integral part of the community and as such, is keen to establish links with other professions and support the area within which we live and work.
Meetings take place once a month and everyone is welcome to attend. Most events are free but there are some paid for events such as our annual dinner.
By joining the Society, you will gain access to a society consisting of members of your profession who understand both the rewards and the pressures of the profession. We hold regular meetings and events which are aimed to be as relevant to its members as possible. There are also discounts available at local businesses. Ultimately, the Society is run by its members for the benefit of its members. If you would like to join the Society but are not sure if it offers what you want, come along to a meeting. The society is always open to new ideas about how we can benefit our members.
Rebecca qualified as a Solicitor in December 2015. Rebecca currently deals with various aspects of private client including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection.
In her role for the South Cheshire Law Society, she hopes to encourage those wishing to enter the legal profession to join the Society. Outside of work, she enjoys following the many professional tennis tournaments, walking in the countryside with her partner and travelling to her favourite place in the Algarve, Albufeira.
Interim Vice President
Moyra Throssell graduated with a BA Honours in English Literature and French in 1995; whilst at university she volunteered in Student Services and later made a career in advice and advocacy work specialising in Social Security Law. She later moved into the education sector, initially to set up a student welfare service at South Cheshire College in Crewe before taking up an academic position and lecturing in law. Whilst working full time Moyra achieved a GDL / CPE and later a LLM in Family Law. Moyra is pleased to be the Programme Leader for the LL.B (Hons) programme which runs at South Cheshire College in collaboration with the University of Derby. More recently she was appointed Dean of Higher Education at the newly merged South Cheshire College and is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Liverpool; her research interests focus on child law and notions of capacity, participation and autonomy and how a child is defined and redefined for the differing purposes of law.
Paul Clark TEP
Paul Clark TEP
Paul Clark is a private client solicitor and a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners. He specialises in advising individuals and their families on complex matters such as Inheritance Tax, Wills, Probate, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. He is a keen support of local charities and is the legacy officer for East Cheshire Hospice. He is actively involved with SUSO in Macclesfield and regularly attends trustee board meetings. Originally from Loughton in Essex, he now lives in Sandbach.
Jamie qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and until joining BCllp worked primarily in Staffordshire. Being local to Nantwich Jamie welcomed the opportunity to join the firm in 2012. Jamie specialises in corporate and commercial work, both contentious and non-contentious, and is a full member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. He advises companies, partnerships and individuals in drafting a wide variety of commercial documents, including contracts and terms and conditions, in acting on their behalf in litigation and debt recovery, and in the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, and related transactions. He also acts on behalf of Insolvency Practitioners, and on behalf of companies and individuals facing the insolvency process. Jamie became a Director of the firm in 2016.
The initial idea for the Society came about as a result of Paul Clark and Rebecca Spall’s wish to join a local Law Society. Having recently qualified as solicitors and moved to South Cheshire, they wanted to join a local Law Society to integrate into the local legal community. Following extensive research, it appears that the nearest Societies were Chester (now Cheshire and North Wales), Macclesfield (East Cheshire) and North Staffordshire (based in Stoke). They were faced with the choice of joining a society in a different part of Cheshire or giving up on joining a completely. However, there was a third way. If it doesn’t exist, create it!
The seeds were sown and an email to the Law Society in Chancery Lane followed.
The Law Society swiftly replied to say that no local law society had been created in the past 25 years and they were unaware of there being a formal process. After discussions, it was agreed that a formal proposal would be sent to the Law Society and they would then consider officially recognising South Cheshire Law Society as a local law society.
Emails were sent to local solicitors and law firms in South Cheshire asking if anyone would be interested in joining the new society. An excellent response was received with over 45 solicitors indicating interest in joining the society.
Rather than restricting membership to qualified solicitors, it was deemed important to include all members of the legal profession. A particularly enthusiastic early supporter was South Cheshire College. Moyra Throssell acted on behalf of the college and played an important role in shaping the direction of the society.
Jamie Want (director of Bowcock Cuerden in Nantwich) volunteered to assist with the articles of association and played an important role in registering the society as company limited by guarantee.
The proposal was submitted to the Law Society in 2015 and the Society was officially recognised as a local law society later that year. Company registration followed in 2016.
The four initial directors were Paul Clark, Rebecca Spall, Jamie Want and Moyra Throssell. Together they worked to bring the Society from an ambitious idea to a functioning local law society.
Special thanks are given to Jamie Want’s secretary, Jacky Pountain, who used her spare time to provide him with support during registration of the company, Jo McLeod and Catherine Carter from the Law Society for their support throughout the process and finally to companies such as Platform 81 and Kellands who provided support and guidance to the Society from the beginning.