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Law Society welcomes new president Joe Egan

6 July 2017

Bolton-based solicitor Joe Egan was today inaugurated as 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.

"It is a great honour to take up the role of president of the Law Society," said Joe Egan.

"I look forward to the task of continuing to promote the outstanding work that solicitors do throughout England and Wales.

"Every single day solicitors oil the wheels of justice and business in our country, and we have much to be proud of.

"The Law Society has an important role to play in this, representing the views of the solicitor profession to government, and providing a huge range of support to help solicitors get on with their job.

"We also have a vital public interest role. Most, if not all of us, came into the profession to ensure that people could exercise their rights, and I intend to continue to stand up tirelessly for access to justice."

Joe Egan also paid tribute to his predecessor.

"Robert Bourns has been president during an extraordinary period of flux both for the country and for the legal sector and he has shown exemplary leadership for the profession and the Law Society. I'm honoured to follow him.

"On behalf of the whole solicitor profession I offer him our thanks for his dedicated service."

Also taking office today are Christina Blacklaws, who becomes vice president of the Law Society, and Simon Davis, who has been elected deputy vice president.


Notes to editors

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

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

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