Sharine Burgess, a senior associate with UK law firm Shoosmiths and a society member for 16 years, has become president of Northamptonshire Law Society.
Sharine specialises in representing claimants who have suffered serious injury and illness. She succeeds Oliver Spicer, also of Shoosmiths – which was founded in Northampton in 1845 - as president.
The Northamptonshire Law Society was established 140 years ago. It is a focal point for the local legal community, encouraging unity and collaboration between lawyers, with a strong emphasis on community.
Sharine was a key organiser of a Shoosmiths sponsored concert performed entirely by singers who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory illnesses, held in April 2019 at the Cripps Hall Theatre at Northampton School for Boys.
Sharine Burgess said: “It is an honour to take on the role of President of the Northamptonshire Law Society. The society has a strong commitment to making a positive contribution to the community through pro bono and charitable work, and in my year as president, the focus is on raising the profile of the society by encouraging more legal practitioners to join and get involved in making a real difference to our community.
“Being a legal practitioner is a privilege because the work we do changes lives for the better. We have a responsibility not only to the clients we represent, but to our local communities and wider society.
“We are often working to tight deadlines and sometimes it can seem there aren’t enough hours in the day, but it is important that we take a step back and ask ourselves how we can make a difference whether that be undertaking pro bono work, supporting charities and organisations in our communities or mentoring students.
“There are a lot of opportunities in Northamptonshire where we can make a positive contribution and I would urge as many legal practitioners to get involved in their communities, really make a difference and have fun along the way.”
Solicitors can join as members and other legal practitioners as associate members, if you are part of the legal profession practising within Northamptonshire or within ten miles of the county boundary. Find out more about the society at www.northamptonshirelawsociety.co.uk.