• Joe sets out his priorities for the year

    Joe Egan

    Bolton-based solicitor, Joe Egan is the 173rd president of the Law Society of England and Wales.

    A past president of the Bolton Law Society and representative for solicitors in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, Joe Egan succeeds outgoing president Robert Bourns.

    Joe Egan has set five priorities for his year as president of the Law Society, which are:

    1. 1. maintaining continuity within the Law Society and the support it offers to solicitors
    2. 2. promoting the solicitor profession at home and aboard, including the development of a Local Law Society manual
    3. 3. leading our Global Legal Centre campaign - promoting our profession and jurisdiction as the leading centre for legal services.
    4. 4. promoting access to justice, and,
    5. 5. advancing social mobility in the solicitor profession.

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

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    Why National Pro Bono Week 2017 is focusing on health and education

    As a growing number of free legal advice clinics pop up in GP surgeries and healthcare centres, legal charities and professional bodies behind this year’s National Pro Bono Week are drawing attention to the link between pro bono legal advice and health.

    9 November 2017
    Press release

    Economic forecasts reveal changing face of legal sector

    Productivity growth in the legal services sector may double by 2038 due to a growth in automation and the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), according to new research conducted by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    2 November 2017
    Press release

    Combat immunity

    Law Society president Joe Egan wrote to The Times regarding the government’s duty of care to the brave men and women who serve our country.

    3 October 2017
    Letter to editor

    Swearing in ceremony - lord chief justice

    A speech delivered by Joe Egan at today's swearing in ceremony for the lord chief justice.

    2 October 2017

    Global Legal Centre campaign shows why business chooses England and Wales

    Key figures from global business today threw their weight behind the Law Society's video campaign to promote England and Wales as the go-to legal destination.

    28 September 2017
    Press release

    Letter from the president to judge regarding HMCTS Flexible Operating Hours pilot

    Joe Egan, president of the Law Society, has expressed concern over the controversial scheme.

    16 August 2017

    HMCTS proposals for a flexible operating hours pilot raises more concerns than solutions

    Speed, ease and efficiency are laudable objectives for the court system in England and Wales, but current proposals for a flexible operating hours pilot raise far more concerns than solutions. When the plan to pilot extended court opening hours was first announced in May, the Law Society warned HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that the scheme could heap more pressure on an already fragile system.

    4 August 2017

    Independence of the legal profession underpins rule of law

    "This separation of powers ensures that the law can hold every one of us accountable, from the most vulnerable to the most powerful."

    24 July 2017
    Press release

    Proposed hike in probate fees

    Law Society president Joe Egan wrote to The Times regarding the government’s proposal to hike probate fees, which is set to surface again.

    13 July 2017
    Letter to editor

    Law Commission consultation on wills a welcome step towards modernisation

    A public consultation by the Law Commission is a welcome step towards updating our will-making laws.

    13 July 2017
    Press release
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