Articles from January 2017

Law Society AGM 2017

Law Society AGM 2017

The Law Society held its Annual General Meeting on the 13th January 2017 at the Palace Hotel. A packed agenda led to lively debates on a number of issues. It was good to see such a large turnout with many of the Society’s members taking part in the discussions.

This year Mr Simon Cain stepped down after serving two years as President and many years on Council. Simon was replaced as President by current Vice President Jane Gray. Irini Newby was elected as Vice President and for the first time both positions are held by women. Jane is only the second female President in the Society’s history. Completing the changes, Mr Tim Swift was unanimously elected to Council. Congratulations to Jane, Irini and Tim.

The AGM was followed by lunch and drinks where members were able to meet with colleagues in an informal setting.

The Society should like to thank Simon and Council for all the hard work of the past year.

The first meeting of the new Council will take place on the first Thursday in February. Should members have issues to raise please contact Jacky or Juan at the Society who will present your communication to Council.


2016 Law Society Biennial Dinner

Law Society Biennial Dinner 

The Law Society held its Biennial Dinner on the 7th October at the Palace Hotel.  Invited guests, including his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and the Isle of Man Judiciary, joined the Island’s advocates in an evening celebrating the work of the Society over the past two years.  The President, Simon Cain, spoke eloquently of the work undertaken by Council and was able to proudly refer to his father, Deemster Cain, a past President of the Law Society.


The evening was rounded off with comedy guest speaker Rob Woodward entertaining all.


2016 Sir Michael Birt Caroline Weatherill Memorial Lecture


Sir Michael Birt Presents the Caroline Weatherill Memorial Lecture


The Isle of Man Law Society was pleased to welcome Sir Michael Birt as its guest speaker on the 13 October 2016.   Sir Michael was appointed Attorney General of Jersey in 1994 before being sworn in as Deputy Bailiff in 2000 and Bailiff in July 2009.   Sir Michael met His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Isle of Man Judiciary, advocates and members of the public for canapés and drinks before presenting his lecture on the power of the UK to legislate for the Crown Dependencies without consent – fact or fiction.  The lecture was very well received by a packed Manx Museum lecture theatre and was followed by a questions from the audience ending with a rapturous round of applause.


Click here to read the lecture:  2016 Sir Michael Birt