Local solicitor elected Vice President of Kent Law Society

Local solicitor elected Vice President of Kent Law Society

Victoria Ansell from the Tunbridge Wells-based law firm, CooperBurnett, has been elected Vice President of the Kent Law Society. Victoria, who is part of the Company and Commercial team at CooperBurnett, will be supporting the new President of the Kent Law Society, Deborah Hatton, from Hatton Law in Chatham.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been elected as Vice President of the Kent Law Society,” says Victoria Ansell. “I have been involved with the organisation and on the General Purposes Committee ever since I was a trainee – so I was delighted to be recommended for the role by my colleagues within Kent.”

Victoria’s colleague, Jonathan Smithers, was President of the Kent Law Society in 2008 and he, Nigel Burnett and Victoria Sampson from CooperBurnett have all been President of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District law Society over the years.

“I am proud to be part of that tradition,” says Victoria. “I think it is a reflection of how CooperBurnett conducts itself and how we try to contribute to the local legal community. I look forward to having the opportunity to make my own contribution to Kent.”

Victoria believes that forming good relationships with other law firms in Kent is important. “Of course firms ‘compete’ on a certain level, but they also collaborate and support, and that is where the local and regional law societies can have immense value,” she explains. “Through membership of the Kent Law Society, we can give strength to consultation processes – so that a collective voice is heard at higher levels than possibly one solicitor’s voice might be heard.”

Victoria adds that the organisation also provides training courses, can facilitate introductions between firms and practitioners, and recognises excellence within the legal profession. “Over the next 12 months I will be supporting Deborah Hatton as President, and learning as much as I can about what I will be taking on next year,” says Victoria. “Beyond that, the Kent Law Society has just had its inaugural Awards, so I will be looking to follow that up and see what we can do to improve that for next year so that even more Kent practitioners are nominated.”

Victoria is also Chairman of the board of Kent Law Society Services Limited (the company that provides the training courses to members and others). “We have recently brought on board a new training co-ordinator, so she and I are looking into a number of opportunities in relation to the company to ensure that we can continue to provide high quality and cost effective CPD training,” Victoria explains.