• Christina sets out her priorities for the year

    Christina Blacklaws

    Christina is the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales and the fifth woman to hold this office.

    During the presidential year 2018/19, Christina's main priorities are:

    1. Diversity and inclusion - focusing on social mobility and women in leadership in the law
    2. The future of the profession - including legal technology and leading the LawTech Policy Commission
    3. Promoting access to justice for all
    4. Mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession.

    Read the full presidential plan and the summary of our global survey on women in the law.

    Read Christina's inaugural speech.

    See the latest press releases, news and activity from Christina:

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    Brexit white paper has some of the right ingredients but proof will be in the pudding

    Theresa May's white paper on Brexit was today given a cautious welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    12 July 2018
    Press release

    Women in law

    As Christina Blacklaws takes the reins as new Law Society president, one of her presidential themes is women in leadership in law. How can lawyers and local law societies in the regions help?

    9 July 2018

    New Law Society president inaugurated

    Christina Blacklaws has taken office as the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales today in a ceremony at Chancery Lane, London.

    5 July 2018
    Press release

    President Christina Blacklaws delivers her inaugural speech

    On 5 July 2018, vice-president of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws became the 174th president, taking over from Joe Egan.

    5 July 2018

    Legal Sustainability Alliance releases annual report

    LSA members have shown an impressive 56 per cent reduction in their combined carbon footprint and a 39 per cent reduction in average per capita emissions.

    28 June 2018

    The use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales

    On 14 June 2018 Christina Blacklaws delivered a speech on 'the use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales', launching the Public Policy Commission at London Technology Week 2018.

    14 June 2018

    Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?

    The growing use of algorithms in the justice system raises many questions with few easy answers, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it launches a public policy commission to explore the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice.

    14 June 2018
    Press release

    Dreamvar - Law Society response

    Last year the High Court ruled that Mishcon de Reya should bear the £1m losses of a client who was the victim of identity fraud while buying a property in London. The firm appealed and the Law Society intervened because of the importance of the case.

    18 May 2018
    Press release

    Solicitors’ regulator sidesteps oversight

    News a key legal regulator has given the go-ahead for an unregulated business to start employing solicitors to advise its clients was met with alarm by the Law Society of England and Wales which said rules were being relaxed without proper scrutiny.

    8 May 2018
    Press release

    Lawyers unite for #LegalPride 2018

    Solicitors, barristers, and Chartered Legal Executives are joining together to mark Pride events in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, and at the flagship march in London in July led by the heads of the professions.

    3 May 2018
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