Meet the Floccers
About the Future Lawyers of Colchester and Chelmsford…
Future Lawyers of Colchester and Chelmsford was founded in 2007 by Trainee Solicitors from various Colchester law firms. The aim of the organisation was to provide aspiring legal professionals, including but not limited to, Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals, Trainee Legal Executives, Legal Secretaries and University Graduates wishing to enter the legal profession, with networking and conferencing opportunities; Additionally, FLoCC endeavours to offer general support for all members. The organisation is also open to other employees and staff working in similar positions within the legal profession; striving to unite and support all future lawyers of Colchester and Chelmsford.
In the summer of 2012, the Future Lawyers of Colchester and Chelmsford was re-established. The organisation flourished under the second and third (2015) generation of members. Numerous socials and seasonal newsletters followed, making the FLoCC a great success once again; before being duly disbanded due to members’ respective qualifications.
FLOCC: Generation 4.0
The fourth generation of future lawyers has arrived and FLoCC is ready to thrive once again. With new aspirations and visions for the organisation, as well as restoration of the principles and ethics upon which the organisation was originally founded, FLoCC intends to bring the legal community of local areas together; helping everyone to network and support each other within the profession.
Our vision for FLoCC is, in essence, the same- we want to provide a network of support for the local area’s aspiring legal professionals. We will be releasing a quarterly newsletter containing various relevant articles, guidance and other useful information designed to help young professionals. In addition, we will be providing support through our own website with links to our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and profiles.
We are in the process of organising various social and networking events, to aid communication between future lawyers who are in the same professional position. In short, by bringing similarly-situated people together, our aim is to help, encourage, and support all involved by facilitating an exchange of information and advice.
Our hope is this affirmation and support will ultimately conserve and solidify relationships between all of the various legal firms in the area and increase inter-firm support and contact in the hope of promoting and cross-selling each particulars firm’s strengths and expertise.
To sum up, this is a great opportunity to develop strong links locally, and to have access to some great support and resources; as well as socialising and having fun, we hope that you will join us and contribute to the vision set out for the Future Lawyers of Colchester and Chelmsford. To join FLoCC – visit our ‘how to get involved’ tab, to read our latest newsletters and subscribe to get them hot of the press – click here or to find out more and join us at one of our forthcoming events – click here.
Our events are held quarterly on either a Thursday or Friday evening, although dates may vary for any special events. We encourage all aspiring legal professional to attend our events, which provide a great opportunity to network and meet and build a relationship with other young professional in the local area.
To find out more about our upcoming events and register your interest to attend, please visit our FLoCC Facebook group.
2019: Social Drinks, 10th October 2019 at 6.30 pm
We would be delighted if you could join us for social drinks to celebrate the relaunch of FLoCC. If you are looking to network, meet new people within the profession or just wind down with some drinks after a challenging day in the office, we hope to see you at our event.
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Time: 6.30pm
- Location: Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN
To ensure the event runs smoothly, please register your interest to attend on our FLoCC Facebook Group page no later than 48 hours before the event.
2019: Essex University Law Fair, 15th November 2019 at 6.15pm
Essex University Law Fair will be held on Thursday 15th November from 6.15pm to 8.00pm in the Tony Rich Teaching Centre at the Colchester Campus. FLoCC members will be on the FJG stand among 20 legal service providers attending. It’s a great opportunity for Essex University students to make connections and find out more about a career in the law.
2019: Christmas Special, Thursday 5th December 2019 at 6.30 pm
Did somebody say Secret Santa? For this Christmas, we thought we would organise a networking event with a twist – pssst..we heard Santa will be attending!
All participants must bring a small gender neutral gift with a maximum value of £5. The gifts will be wrapped up at the venue where wrapping paper will be provided to ensure that all gifts look similar. All wrapped up gifts will be placed in ‘Santa’s box’. At the end of the evening, each participant may pick a gift from Santa’s box and take it home.
- Date: Thursday 5th December 2019
- Time: 6.30pm
- Location: Slug & Lettuce, Chelsmford
Events to be confirmed:
2020: ‘Ready for Spring’, [DATE – TBC] March 2020 at [TIME – TBC] pm
If you have seen any ‘lawyer series’ you will know that most show a common trait for lawyers is their competitive spirit! We therefore invite you to joins us for an evening of rounders where you can wind down, meet new people, network and lose those extra pounds gained during winter!
- Date: TBC
- Time: TBC
- Location: TBC
2020: Quiz Night Fundraiser, [DATE – TBC] June 2020 at [TIME -TBC] pm
Due to the success of inaugural quiz night in 2016 and subsequent annual charity quizzes thereafter, we would like to invite to join us in our annual charity quiz for 2020!
The teams can range from family and friends of FLoCC members, to co-workers, trainees, paralegals, as well as solicitors from other local law firms; in previous years, we were also joined by a team from the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding charity.
We offer a quiz with a difference, including unique rounds, mystery prizes, and of course…a raffle with prizes; ranging from a BBQ, to a water gun! Most importantly however, all involved were attempting to take home the coveted ‘FLoCCer trophy’.
The event always proved to be highly popular with over 10 teams entering in previous years. Most importantly though, the evening was largely successful thanks to everyone involved. In 2017, we raised an amazing sum of £732 for the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding, and the amounts raised have grown from year to year which is a remarkable achievement!
The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding is run almost solely by volunteers. The aim of the charity is to provide riding or carriage driving, to benefit the health and well-being of adults and children with disabilities. The charity was delighted with the donation received…and so was their horse Paryes.
We hope to see you there! Walk-ins are welcome.
- Date: TBC
- Time: TBC
- Location: TBC
We are eager to introduce a new, rejuvenated social calendar; further events will be posted as they become available.
If you are interested in becoming a FLoCC member, but the current events are not something you would like to attend, please contact us by visiting the ‘how to get involved tab’; we would be more than happy to consider any events proposals to ensure nobody is left out.
We would be delighted for you to join our growing community and subject to your current circumstances, you may join as a FLoCC Member, a subscriber or both!
As a member you will be involved directly with our community and other members; attending FLoCC meetings, putting together articles and content for our newsletters and social media channels as well as helping to organise our events. There are many advantages of joining our community as a member, but most of all, it will strengthen your relationship with the local community and give you a sense of being part of something bigger!
To join as a member, you must be a professional in a law firm, located in Colchester or Chelmsford. Professionals include, but are not limited to, Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals, Trainee Legal Executives and Legal Secretaries.
If you have got what it takes and wish to join our community, please email us at [email protected] and we will be in touch with further steps!
If you wish to join us as a member, but you are currently not in a professional environment, please send us a short summary regarding your current circumstances, why you wish to join and what you can bring to our community. We will consider each ‘application’ individually and revert to you with at the earliest opportunity with the outcome.
As a subscriber, you will receive our quarterly newsletters which are jam-packed, with news, articles and useful information from our FLoCC members. You will also be able to join our latest events which are a great opportunity to network with other aspiring legal professionals and build relationships with the local community. Our aim is to provide a network of support for the local area’s aspiring legal professionals and we therefore need you as part of our community!
Anyone with an interest in law may sign up as a subscriber; whether you are a university student/graduate wishing a career in the legal profession; or you are already a Paralegal, Trainee Solicitor or Trainee Legal Executive; or you form part of other employees and staff working in similar positions within the legal profession; it is open to you to become a subscriber and join our latest events!
To sign up as a subscriber please click here to complete our short registration form! We encourage all our members to subscribe to our newsletters as well!
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