Mel Bevan-Evans, President of Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society

President of Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society


I am very pleased to let you know that my Inauguration took place on 8th February 2018 following the Annual General Meeting and I am now formally President of Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society. Scott Bowen is the Vice President and I am very happy that Kirsten Tuck and Ashley Harkus have both agreed to continue their Roles as ecretary and Treasurer respectively.

Kirsten and Ashley have put a great deal of effort into developing the Profile of the Society as have Sarah Williams-Martin and of course Clive Thomas — without the assistance of these four people, running the Society would be very difficult and I am grateful to them for their promise of continued support during my Term.

I was unfortunately unable to attend the recent Confederation of South Wales Law Societies meeting but I am pleased that the consensus was that the Confederation will continue to run. I very much enjoyed their End of Summer Ball last year!

Scott Bowen, Vice President of MILS has been particularly helpful already in assisting with regard to a Speaker from the Law Society for the Summer Ball and I am pleased to say Mark Evans, Council Member for Cheshire and North Wales who is the current chair of the Wales Committee and has just been appointed to the Law Society's Main Board will be saying a few words on the night. I anticipate a great deal of help from Scott too, which will also be gratefully received!

My nominated Charity for the year is Velindre Cancer Care and I have met with the Charity Organisers who are assisting me with a speaker for the evening — we are currently hoping for Nigel Owens but are awaiting confirmation as to his availability —there are reserves in place and we will announce as soon as we have confirmation. A representative of the Velindre Charity will be attending the Summer Ball to say a few words on the night in the hope that this encourages more contributions to this very worthy cause.

I am pleased to say we have secured TSR Legal Recruitment as one of our Sponsors this year and I attended a very cold Cardiff City -v- Bristol City football match last month with Dan Mason, their Senior Key Accounts Executive — I am very pleased to say my home town Cardiff won the match — I must be a lucky charm! Dan has in fact assisted me in my own Firm with a newly recruited solicitor just this week and I cannot say enough how excellent they have been to deal with. As Members of the Society, you also receive discount of their fees — if you wish to get in touch with Dan, he can be contacted on

Renewal of the Membership of the Society was in February and if you have not renewed as yet, or you wish to join, please arrange to do so as soon as possible so you can receive the Benefits of the Society! The Membership cards have been produced and we are continuing to secure new companies offering discounts for our Members.

As I have mentioned previously, the Summer Ball will take place on Friday 15th June 2018 and I do hope you have all saved the date — the tickets have been ordered and now up for sale — please book early to secure your booking. Tickets are £45 or £450 for a Table of 10 for a three course meal, with a live band and entertainment. The price is low as we have of course subsidised for our Members.

There will be a Silent Auction and Raffle on the night and we welcome any donations any wishes to put forward. We have already obtained some fantastic prizes and items one of which being a weekend stay in a 5 Star Hotel in New York and are seeking the flights to go with this!

The Summer Ball looks to be a fantastic event and I hope to see you all there!



Mel Bevan-Evans