9 December 2020
Hastings & District Law Society - Members of 1953
Front row from left to right Mr George Herington; Unknown; Miss Dorothy Morgan, President; unknown; unknown
Back row from left to right: unknown; Mr Logan Edgar; Mr Eric Willings; Mr Cooper-Key; unknown; Mr M C S Langdon; Mr Guy Leggett; Mr Brackett
100 years ago today the Hastings & District Law Society was founded with a first meeting held at the Hastings Town Hall. The society was formed to replace the organisation of a Law Lending Library in the days when solicitors relied more heavily on a central library. Times have changed since those early days and technology has helped provide solicitors with resources at their fingertips but nothing can ever replace the face-to-face networking of members which sadly due to this year’s events has been curtailed.
We are proud that during this centenary year our own Richard Fisher currently holds the position of President. Richard remarked " It is no exaggeration to say that, aside from the years of WWII, this year’s worldwide pandemic has given rise to the most challenging of circumstances in which to practise law in the 100 years of the Society’s existence. Lawyers have had to adapt quickly to ever-changing practical and legal requirements. Regulation has demanded of us and technology has afforded us the ability to practise in ways our founders would probably never have imagined possible. The pace of change has quickened throughout the century but with lightning speed this year. Perhaps the only constant is the willingness of the profession to do our duty to the administration of justice and to our clients and of that we should be rightly proud."
Richard Fisher receiving the HADLAW President's badge of honour from outgoing President Tim Crook in 2019.