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David Nicholls has been elected as president of the European Young Bar Association.
The presidency is a twelve-month role and follows his 2012 chairmanship of the UK’s Young Barristers Committee. After receiving a 2:1in theology at Oxford, Nicholls participated in a conversion course at City University to pursue a career at the bar.
The EYBA is a UK-headquartered, not-for-profit, multinational young lawyers association which represents the interests of over 200,000 young lawyers across Europe.
Nicholls noted that the EYBA is particularly strong in the UK and Holland and one of his main aims is to get the organisation represented in Francophone regions. He said that he “wants to use those connections in order to help the EYBA grow”. Within Europe, where local young lawyer groups do not exist, lawyers can apply for an individual membership. Outside Europe, any young lawyer can apply to join the EYBA as an associate member.
Nicholls added that the EYBA “provides a forum through which young bar associations across Europe can meet, learn about issues of common concern, and develop strategies of mutual assistance”.
It also organises legal conferences and networking social events across Europe, holding an AGM at which the executive committee and president are elected for a one-year term.
Nicholls welcomed the opportunity to progress with the work he began as EYBA’s vice-president during the 2012/13 year. On appointment he aims to “improve communication with our existing members encourage a greater emphasis on education, and increase financial security”.
He believes that this will subsequently “expand the membership base into all European jurisdictions and develop commercial partnerships with businesses and law firms”.
While Nicholls is currently working on his busy commercial chancery litigation practice at 11 Stone Buildings, he said he was looking forward to having a relationship with European lawyers that will allow him to broaden his horizon in the legal market.