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Cornwall Law Society was established in 1883. The Society supports 300 members in the County of Cornwall by providing guidance, CPD Training, marketing, recruitment and social events. The Society is the county’s independent local Law Society and voice for local Solicitors and members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

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Kathryn Whitford
President of Cornwall Law Society 2019-2020

As a Cornish girl, born and bred, it is with a great sense of pride that I take up the role as President of the Cornwall Law Society.

Although many members may know me, I set out a brief history of my career to date, for those who do not.

I was educated in Truro and, having graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in law, I completed the Solicitors’ Final Examination at the College of Law, Guildford. I crossed the Tamar to complete my Articles with Foot & Bowden, Solicitors, in Plymouth and returned to Cornwall as a newly qualified Solicitor. It strikes me, whilst writing this article, that the terminology relating to my route to qualification, although familiar to many, will no doubt be alien to our younger members; just one illustration of how the Solicitor’s Profession has, and continues, to change.

After qualifying, I worked for Coodes, Solicitors, for six years. In 1997, however, I set up my own Practice in Truro as a Sole Practitioner, specialising in Civil Litigation, and I have continued to practise as a Sole Practitioner since that time. In 2005, I was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) and assigned to the Western Circuit. I continue to sit regularly on the Circuit, primarily in the County Courts at Truro, Bodmin and Plymouth. I have therefore specialised in Civil Litigation for the whole of my professional career and during that time have witnessed the significant changes which have occurred in that area of law.

I am proud to say that I have been a member of the Cornwall Law Society for 28 years. I never imagined when I joined the Society that I would one day be its President but I thank everyone for their support in electing me to this position.

I am looking forward to my year in office but I am told that the Presidential year goes very quickly. I therefore hope that the experience which I gained as Vice President will stand me in good stead. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Fred Howell, the outgoing President, for the last twelve months and I should like to take this opportunity to thank him not only for all that he has achieved for the Society during his term as President, but also for all of the help which he gave to me as Vice President during that time.

Fred and I were both conscious that an individual Presidential year may not allow sufficient time for one person to achieve all of their objectives. It was against this background, therefore, that I proposed that the Committee should have an ongoing three-year plan so that when each new President takes over they build upon the achievements of their Predecessor, whilst working to achieve new goals aswell.

Fred has been very successful in building links with the Law Faculty of the University of Exeter at their Penryn Campus and I am keen to maintain, and strengthen, those links. I am pleased to say that I have already started to do so. I have recently judged one of the Students’ Moots and am due to return to speak to the Students in February as part of a series of Cornwall Law Society Lectures which have been arranged. The Committee and I are already working upon the aims which we wish to achieve in the next three years and so I will keep you updated upon those proposals in due course. As this is your Society, then if there are any issues which you wish the Committee to address in that plan, please do let me know.