A President in our Midst!

Bennett Griffin are proud to announce that our Managing Partner, Stephen Hollamby, has been elected as President of the Worthing Law Society.

Born in 1958, Stephen began his legal career in the Magistrates Court as a Court Clerk.  Stephen went on to study at the College of Law in Chester and qualified as a solicitor in 1987.  Stephen joined Bennett Griffin in 1990 and was made Managing Partner in 2004.  He specialises in Intellectual Property, Corporate Crime, Adoption and Special Guardianship applications.  He is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel and represents children in often very complex court proceedings.

Stephen is a supporter of Southampton FC and has great memories of winning the FA Cup in 1976.  He also follows the England football team at home and abroad.

Stephen has been a member of Worthing Law Society for over 20 years.  Founded in 1920, the Worthing Law Society is a professional organisation that represents and supports solicitors who practice in the local area.  There are approximately 160 members who support the Society by attending events, meetings and educational courses, which are offered to all members.

Socially, the Worthing Law Society has close links with local estate agents, bankers and doctors through the annual golf days and the medico legal dinner.  The Society holds an annual quiz, the proceeds of which are used to support local charities such as St Barnabas, Chestnut Tree House, Worthing Churches Homeless Project and the Solicitors Benevolent Fund.

At the Annual General Meeting of the Society, held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 9th February, members applauded as Stephen Hollamby was presented with the Presidential chain by the former President, Patricia Woolgar.  Stephen congratulated Patricia for her fantastic year in office and then turned his attention to his goals for the forthcoming year.

Speaking of his election, Stephen said “it is an honour and a privilege to take on this role for the next 12 months, during which there will be great change for solicitors.  I will be working hard to ensure that members of Worthing Law Society are made aware of the changes and challenges that will be brought about by the Legal Services Act, which comes into force in October and will radically change the legal landscape.  I will also ensure the Worthing Law Society continues its drive to make the general public aware of the advantages of instructing their local solicitor rather than using the internet or non regulated bodies to deal with their important and sensitive lifetime planning, like Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and house moves.  It is very important for society as a whole that solicitors’ firms continue as an integral part of local communities.”

We know that Stephen will make a fantastic President, and we wish him well for his term in office.