The Law Society has three elected office holders: the president, vice president and deputy vice president. They each hold office for one year.
Each year the Council elects the deputy vice president; the previous year's deputy vice president becomes the vice president and the vice president becomes president. The handover takes place at the annual general meeting in July each year.
The office holders are the Law Society’s main ambassadors and represent the organisation at home and abroad. The office of president is a full-time appointment and the president is chair of the Council.
The chief executive is responsible to the Council and the Management Board.
President - Simon Davis Vice president - David Greene Deputy vice president - I.Stephanie BoyceChief executive - Paul Tennant
Simon Davis became president of the Law Society of England and Wales in July 2019.
Simon studied Law at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He has been a commercial litigation partner at the London office of Clifford Chance since 1994, having joined the firm in 1982. Simon was the firm’s recruitment partner between 1995 and 2000, and spent two years as president of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association. Since 2008, Simon has also been a member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel.
In 2014, Simon was appointed to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the provision of potentially sensitive information to The Telegraph by the Financial Conduct Authority (“the Davis Review”).
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David qualified in 1980, becoming a partner at Edwin Coe in 1984 and senior partner in 2011. David is a litigator and claimants' practitioner and has specialised in group claims for over 25 years in the UK and the USA.
Although he undertakes some personal injury work, David's focus is on commercial claims. He is head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and the Group Action Litigation department. David is chair of the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee and the International Committee.
David is well known for his work on Brexit, having acted for one of the two claimants in the Article 50 litigation. He also chairs the Law Society Task Force on Brexit. He has written and lectured in the UK and Europe on the issues that arise in relation to Brexit and civil justice. He has also provided evidence to the Commons and Lords on those issues.
David has been a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Civil Justice Council.
He has authored and contributed to various books on civil justice and is consultant editor of the New Law Journal.
Stephanie was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation.
Stephanie holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, University of London.
Stephanie is a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division. She is the past honorary secretary of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service, a former member of the Law Society's Council Membership Committee, a former member of the Law Society’s Regulatory Affairs Board, an ex-officio committee member of the Women Lawyers Division and former chair of the Conduct Committee.
Paul Tennant OBE is a senior housing professional with 35 years’ experience, nearly half of which as a chief executive, and for 14 years as group chief executive of Orbit.
An experienced transformational leader, providing vision, ambition and direction, with a track record of achieving culture change, inspiring and engaging people. An innovative thinker challenging organisations to deliver more and drive changes.
Paul led the 2020 Vision work for Orbit and created the transformation programme to deliver the organisations' targets.
Paul has experience of influencing government policy and has held a number of external board member and representative roles and was invited to become a member of the Lord Heseltine Regeneration Taskforce. He is currently chair of the Procurement Consortia and a member of the board of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Canada where he also lectures on transformation and culture change.
He provides coaching to senior executives and retains an interest in social issues, notably child poverty as a housing ambassador for Child Poverty Action Group. Paul previously represented the housing profession as the president of the CIH and undertook numerous speaking engagements on a range of issues in the UK and abroad. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to housing.