New BDLS President to focus on promoting youth talent

Chain reaction: Nigel Smith (left), who has been elected President of Bournemouth & District Law Society, with Edward Holmes, Senior Vice President.

The new President of Bournemouth & District Law Society (BDLS) says promoting young talent will be the main focus of his year in office.

Nigel Smith, Managing Partner of Dorset and New Forest law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors, was elected at the annual meeting, held at Bournemouth’s Carlton Hotel.

The new Senior Vice President is Edward Holmes of Forest Edge and Meesons Solicitors while Mark Kiteley, of Kiteley Solicitors, is Junior Vice President.

More than 50 people attended the annual meeting of BDLS which represents about 500 lawyers in Bournemouth and surrounding areas including Poole, Wimborne, Wareham, Christchurch and Ringwood.

Nigel, who has practised in Bournemouth for over 30 years and been Managing Partner of Ellis Jones for 18 years, said he was proud to be elected as President.

He added: “My main focus for the year is to promote young talent through building closer relationships between the profession and local schools. I also look forward to working closely with the Junior Lawyers division of the society.”

As President, Nigel will represent BDLS at numerous events during the year starting with this month’s Law Society Presidents and Secretaries Conference, described as “the most anticipated networking and social event of the year for local law societies.”


Note to journalists: Ellis Jones is one of the largest law firms in Dorset and West Hampshire with more than 140 staff including 12 partners. It has offices in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs (Poole), Ringwood, Swanage and London offering a wide range of services to individuals and businesses.

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