• Robert sets out his priorities for the year

    172nd Law Society president, Robert Bourns, wishes to use his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas:

    • Representing solicitors
    • Pride in the profession
    • Equality and diversity

    Read my Presidential Plan for 2016-2017 (PDF, 120kb)

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    Representing solicitors

    A key part of my role will be engaging - along with the chief executive and the team - with the main stakeholders of the justice system in England, Wales and internationally on the main issues from these consultations that are affecting the profession and the justice system.

    Pride in the profession

    I will be seeking and telling your stories - promoting our members' case studies and examples of best practice- in areas such as excellence and innovation in practice, use of artificial intelligence, recruitment and people strategies that promote diversity and other activities that demonstrate our professional values .

    It is important that decision makers, the judiciary and the public know more about our contribution - not just to the UK's bottom line, but to our justice system, to the economy and to the community.

    Equality and Diversity

    I want to see people of all backgrounds who have the desire and the ability to develop a career in the law, given the skills they need and will need to succeed.

    Our profession, should reflect the society and communities we represent and of which we are a part. Background, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender are no bar to a career in the law.