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New Law Society board holds inaugural meeting

20 February 2018

The new board of the Law Society of England and Wales held its inaugural meeting today in a milestone for the organisation’s new governance arrangements.

The board is comprised of solicitor and lay members and is chaired by Robert Bourns, a former president of the Law Society.

Law Society president Joe Egan said: “The mixture of skills and ability on the new board is impressive and the broad range of expertise will help us focus even more strongly on the work we do to promote the solicitor profession and to influence legislation so it works in the interests of justice.”

Solicitor members of the board are Penelope Warne and Vicky Lockie. Warne is senior partner and chairman of the UK board at the international firm CMS, and had previously set up her own law firm as a sole practitioner, practising English and Welsh, Scots, and European law.

Lockie, who trained at Clifford Chance, was associate general counsel for strategy and strategic initiatives at education company Pearson, before leaving in 2017 to set up consultancy VBL.

The two lay members are Judy Craske and Bill Butler. Craske is a former RAF squadron leader, and HR and facilities management specialist at companies including Universal Sodexho.

Bill Butler is a public sector-trained accountant who was formerly chief executive of the Security Industry Authority and is currently a non-executive director of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

The appointment of the quartet was approved at February’s meeting of the Law Society Council at Chancery Lane. They are joined on the board by three Council members elected by Council: Mark Evans, Michael Garson and Peter Wright.

Notes to editors

Changes to the structures of Law Society governance also include two new committees: Policy and Regulatory Committee; and Membership and Operations Committee. Other members of the board include council member David Greene, interim CEO Paul Tennant and Tom Fothergill, the executive director of delivery and performance.

About the Law Society

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