Thursday, October 10, 2016 - 11:10
What you missed in Hull ...
Have you ever wondered what JURISMUS, the network of young Eurojuris lawyers (under 40) is all about? Simply come and join us! Here is what you missed at our last annual meeting held in Kingston-upon-Hull, aka Hull, England from 16 to 18 June 2016.
Located in Northern England, by Humber estuary and river Hull, Hull is a pleasant, dynamic and very typical British city which is currently sprucing up to be ready for next year: indeed, Hull has been chosen to be UK City of Culture in 2017! Hull was then the perfect location for all the Jurismussers to gather for our annual conference coming from all over Europe once again (Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Poland, Austria).
On Thursday evening, we met with our tour guide and roamed Hull's historic Old Town cobbled streets, passed by the incredible Aquarium, The Deep, where we would have dinner the day after and finished our tour by the Marina. Right on the Marina stood the trendy restaurant Thieving Harry's where we enjoyed a warm welcome as well as a delicious and exotic buffet dinner and local beers.
On Friday morning, Andrew Hedley, who is a leading law-firm consultant, gave us a presentation and conducted a workshop on the very interesting topic "Fishing for clients". Andrew provided us with tips in order to comprehend clients' expectations when using a lawyer's skills as well as to offer them the perfect service for them. We also participated in a workshop to help us develop our contact skills among a crowd of professionals or potential clients.
Following this conference and workshop, we enjoyed a nice lunch at Kardomah 94, a restaurant close to the Hull City Council where we would continue our tour of Hull's essentials.
Our Jurismus group was indeed welcomed at the Combined Court Center, Hull's jurisdiction and the Guildhall where we were honored to meet Councilor Sean Chaytor, the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull who told us about the historical aspects of the building and gave us an insight of his role as Lord Mayor.
After a visit of the building which suffered bomb damage during World War 2, our group got to meet two local barristers, Stephen Robinson and Joanne Jenkins from Wilberforce Chambers in the great Guildhall Council Chamber which became the settings for a mock trial on a fictional case. We were pleased to discover their advocacy skills and the British Court dress.
Afterwards, we got to mingle with local professionals at Silvers Bar where a reception was organized for us.
Once everyone had put on their lounge suits and cocktail dresses, we went to The Deep Submarium where we had exclusive access to the viewing platform over the River Humber. On this platform we had a reception with cocktails and some fish and chips. After the reception, we had a lovely dinner in the heart of the aquarium.
After that it was time to put our dancing shoes on and dance all night long during the VIP after party at The Sugar Mill, which is the largest night club in Hull.
The General Assembly of all delegates was held on Saturday morning. Olivier Vibert, our resigning President of Jurismus, presented the ongoing projects and the experiences of Jurismussers with the JUMP program (an individual exchange program between two Jurismussers). Dave Beck informed us about the webinars which recently took place under the name “Pimp My Firm”. Then the Board of Jurismus. Olivier Vibert and Dave Beck announced that they will retire form the Board of Jurismus. During the General Assembly, Lucile Quentel and Joyce Lustberg were elected as new Board members and Sven Farbrot was reelected. At last, attention was paid to the social media activities (on Facebook and LinkedIn) of Jurismus. In a brainstorming session the delegates were asked what they wish to share and read on Facebook or LinkedIn about Jurismus and other members of Jurismus and how they wish to see the Jurismus Facebook or LinkedIn is used. In the end every delegate received a note with a special date on which they have to post something on the Jurismus Facebook.
Following to the General Assembly, we had lunch at the hotel and some free time before the coach departed to the Monckton Shooting Ground. At this Shooting Ground, we went clay pigeon shooting, a unique experience.
After some drinks with typical English pastries, we left the Shooting Ground to travel to Cave Castle, a beautiful country house with a health spa, swimming pool, gym, coffee shop, bar and large gardens. We first had some free time to use all the facilities, relax a little bit and join the garden games.
We concluded the Jurismus Annual Meeting with a dinner in the Balmoral Suite of Cave Castle, all dressed up in the theme “Under the Sea Fancy Dress”. The costumes were phenomenal.
After the traditional music quiz, we had a lovely party in the Suite.
We thank all colleagues of SJP Law, but in particular Mark Daubney, Sarah Kemp and Claire Charman, for arranging this fun, multilateral and interesting meeting, which was very well organized.
Looking forward to see you all at the meeting in June 2017! Did you become curious about Jurismus after reading this report? Come and join us!