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Chris Hugill
Chris Hugill, Newcastle Law Society President 2019/20

The Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society held its first meeting on the 27th January 1826. We have served solicitors in the North East of England since that time and have promoted professional expertise for over 190 years. We have representatives on many local, regional and national legal committees, organise a prestigious annual legal lecture, have a CPD accredited legal education programme and run a number of social events.



Our office is open for telephone enquiries between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 0191 2325654


Our membership year runs from 1st November to 31st October. Call rates for 2018/2019 are:

Partners £85.00
Assistants/Associates and Other Employed Solicitors
Members in private practice £60.00
Members in commerce & industry or in the employment of public, local or similar authorities £45.00
Consultants/Retired/ Unemployed Solicitors £25.00
Life Membership for consultants/Retired Members (one off payment) £75.00


If preferred, larger firms may choose an alternative charging rate on behalf of their members.  
1. Firms with more than 91 solicitors £4950.00
2. Firms with 56-90 solicitors £3250.00
3. Firms with 30-55 solicitors £2000.00
Trainee solicitors are eligible to become Associate members of the Society FREE

Download a full member application form HERE
Download an associate member application form HERE

The rates are set each year at our Annual General Meeting in March and Call Notices sent out to all members shortly thereafter. Full details from the office of the Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society.


The officers of our Society are elected at the Annual General Meeting. They are the President, Vice President, Deputy Vice President, Director of Operations (Secretary) and Honorary Treasurer. There are also twelve elected members, two Past Presidents, a Law Society Council Members and up to seven co-opted members. The interests of Commerce & Industry solicitors, Local Government solicitors, Young Solicitors and Trainee Solicitors are all represented.


Chris Hugill


Vice President:

Nick Kincaid


Deputy Vice President:

Max Winthrop


Director of Operations :

Kate Goodings


Honorary Treasurer:

Nick James





Mark Harrison *# Lewis Pearson * Allan Devine +
Emma Heather Julia Middleton Matthew Purves

Victoria Bell

Nicola Fisher

Paul Brown

Harry Chrisp

Victoria Richardson

Helen Abraham

Clare Hurst #

Jo Amos

Cristina Falzon

John Bates #

Chris Welch #

Mark Pentecost #

Alison Smullen

Carly Prendergast #

Alasdair Watson #

Alson Hall *


* Past President
# Co-opted Member
+ Law Society Council Member


We also have a number of specialist sub committees responsible for looking at particular subject areas, initiating a response to consultation papers and raising matters of concern within and without the region.

Civil Litigation

Chair Jo Amos

Commerce and Industry

Chair Helen Abraham


Chair John Bates

Legal Aid

Chair Nick Kincaid

Crime Chair Lewis Pearson
Family Chair Mark Harrison

Local Government & Associated Bodies

Contact Carly Prendergast

Membership & benefits for members

Chair Alison Smullen


Any articles to be considered for inclusion should be emailed to Additional enquiries to Baskerville Publications Ltd 01204 303323

Non Contentious

Chair Harry Chrisp

Parliamentary Liaison

Chair Kate Goodings

Professional Purposes

Chair Alison Hall

Public Relations

Chair c/o Newcastle Law Society Office


Chair Kate Goodings

Junior Lawyer Division

Representative Jonathan Pooley


Chair John Bates


Chair Kate Goodings

If you would like to get involved with any of our sub committees or offer your expertise, please contact the office and we shall put you in touch with the Chair.


We offer:

  • Legal Education Programme with top class speakers
  • Seminars offered at competitive rates and at convenient times
  • Digital Monthly Magazine "Newcastle News"
  • Annual Dinner
  • Annual Lecture
  • Social Events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Use of our Website to promote your firm through "Find a Solicitor" section or to advertise vacancies (small annual admin charge)
  • Area meetings
  • Free membership for trainees in our area
  • Discounted membership for employed solicitors, assistant solicitors, retired solicitors and consultants

Download an application form from our Information for Members section

We represent you by:

  • Putting forward the views of the profession
  • Responding to consultation papers
  • Maintaining a presence on court user and other local and regional legal committees
  • Attending Law Society and other meetings and conferences
  • Raising matters of concern referred to us from the wider membership
  • Being a member of the County Societies Group

We are in touch with:

  • The national Law Society
  • Tees Valley, Sunderland and Carlisle Local Law Societies and the North East Regional Association of Local Law Societies
  • The SRA
  • The Legal Ombudsman
  • Major Provincial Local Law Societies
  • The Judiciary, the Bar, the Magistracy and the Courts Service
  • ILEX
  • Sole Practitioner Group
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Junior Lawyers Division
  • Collaborative Law Group
  • Association of Women Solicitors

We can help you by providing useful contact details for:

  • MPs
  • Press, Radio and TV
  • Universities in the North East of England
  • LCAN (Legal Careers Advisory Network)


Is the firm you are looking for no longer in existence or has it perhaps moved or changed its name? We keep records (limited in some respects) going back to the late 1800s. Contact us by e-mail or telephone to see if we can help.

The national Law Society also keeps records. If we can't help, you can contact them by telephoning 0207 242 1222.


The Retired Solicitors Association meets 3 times a year. Any member of the Society, or any adjacent Society, who is contemplating retirement is welcome to join and should contact the office for details.

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