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  • Christina sets out her priorities for the year

    Christina Blacklaws

    Christina is the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales and the fifth woman to hold this office.

    During the presidential year 2018/19, Christina's main priorities are:


    1. Diversity and inclusion - focusing on social mobility and women in leadership in the law
    2. The future of the profession - including legal technology and leading the LawTech Policy Commission
    3. Promoting access to justice for all
    4. Mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession.

    Read the full presidential plan and the summary of our global survey on women in the law.

    Read Christina's inaugural speech.

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

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    Legal Sustainability Alliance releases annual report

    LSA members have shown an impressive 56 per cent reduction in their combined carbon footprint and a 39 per cent reduction in average per capita emissions.

    28 June 2018
    News

    The use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales

    On 14 June 2018 Christina Blacklaws delivered a speech on 'the use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales', launching the Public Policy Commission at London Technology Week 2018.

    14 June 2018
    Speech

    Using algorithms to deliver justice - bias or boost?

    The growing use of algorithms in the justice system raises many questions with few easy answers, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it launches a public policy commission to explore the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice.

    14 June 2018
    Press release

    Dreamvar - Law Society response

    Last year the High Court ruled that Mishcon de Reya should bear the £1m losses of a client who was the victim of identity fraud while buying a property in London. The firm appealed and the Law Society intervened because of the importance of the case.

    18 May 2018
    Press release

    Solicitors' regulator sidesteps oversight

    News a key legal regulator has given the go-ahead for an unregulated business to start employing solicitors to advise its clients was met with alarm by the Law Society.

    8 May 2018
    Press release

    Lawyers unite for #LegalPride 2018

    Solicitors, barristers, and Chartered Legal Executives are joining together to mark Pride events in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, and at the flagship march in London in July led by the heads of the professions.

    3 May 2018
    News

    Consumer protection high price to pay for increased competition

    Reducing consumer protection standards in legal services would hurt solicitors and clients alike, the Law Society of England and Wales said in response to proposals to slash levels of mandatory professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for solicitors.

    23 March 2018
    Press release

    Women in law roundtable discussions across the regions

    The Law Society, alongside the Women's Lawyers Division, has launched a programme of work that aims to achieve equality for women within the legal profession both in our jurisdiction and internationally, with three main objectives, outlined here.

    19 March 2018
    News

    Indian Supreme Court protects access for foreign lawyers

    Protecting foreign lawyers' ability to conduct fly in fly out business in India is an important step towards opening up its legal services market.

    13 March 2018
    Press release

    Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession

    The largest international survey of women in the law has been released to mark International Women's Day 2018, shedding light on the road to gender equality.

    8 March 2018
    Press release
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