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New deputy vice president elect

24 April 2014

The next deputy vice president of the Law Society will be employment law expert Robert Bourns.

The Law Society Council has elected Robert Bourns, senior partner at TLT, who will take up the role of deputy vice president in July 2014.

He is expected to become president of the Law Society in 2016.

Robert began his training in 1978 at Osborne Clarke. He qualified in 1980. Robert has significant experience managing and developing a growing business across the UK, having been managing partner for six years and more recently senior partner at TLT.

The new deputy vice president has been involved in local law societies for many years, having been a secretary and president of Bristol Law Society and secretary of the Association of South Western Law Societies.

Robert joined Council in 2011 and is an elected member of the Management Board. He is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee and a member of the RAB Regulatory Processes Committee.

Robert Bourns said:

'The Law Society has an incredibly important job to do in maintaining trust and confidence across a diverse profession. Representing in-house and general counsel alongside private practice both large and small. The Society needs to provide contemporary support and promote the interests of members and their clients. In the context of continuing changes to regulation it should be recognised for its relentless protection of the rule of law.

'Being elected deputy vice president is an honour, particularly given the experience and different qualities of the six other able candidates.'

Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said:

'There was stiff competition with seven candidates for this year's deputy vice president elections. All of the candidates had a great deal to offer and Council had a difficult choice to make.

'Robert has already made a significant contribution to the Law Society, from representing the City to the work of the Equality and Diversity Committee. We all look forward to welcoming him in July.'


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