Andrew was brought up and educated in Hampshire and has worked in Hampshire throughout his legal career. He has had experience in a number of areas of law since qualification.
Andrew was chair of the Law Society's Access to Justice Committee from 2008 until 2012. He was chair of the Law Society’s Management Board and treasurer of the Law Society Group from 2010 until 2012. He also co-chaired the Group’s Business Oversight Board during its first year of operation.
Andrew Caplen was a consultant with Heppenstalls, a predominantly private client firm in Hampshire with offices in Lymington and New Milton.
Andrew has been the Law Society Council member for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since 2000, and has a particular interest in access to justice. He was one of the co-authors of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Review and has written and spoken widely on access to justice and legal aid issues.
He is married to Lindsay, an ordained church minister. In his spare time, he is a fan of Southampton FC and an avid trail-walker, completing long distance routes in many parts of the world.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen opened his presidential year by laying out his priorities for his term. He wishes to use his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas.
Speaking up for the most vulnerable is what enticed many solicitors to study law and to become lawyers in the first place. Access to justice is about ensuring that nobody is alienated from our legal system: not the homeless, nor the jobless, nor the victims of domestic violence.
The heart of this debate is not about fees, but about the basic functioning of our democratic society. The Law Society is attempting to persuade the government of the vital nature of this work, through accumulating evidence and case studies, undertaking a programme of research looking at the effects of the civil legal aid changes, and launching an 'access to justice' campaign this autumn.
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We wish to build on our work in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion. In particular, he will focus on the work the Society does to help the profession to be:
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We will strive to have a clearer representation of members' interests, better promotion of our members' work and deliver more effective support to the different parts of the profession.
Andrew wants to achieve this by working with firms and local law societies. Much of this will be achieved through face-to-face contact, facilitated by a range of activities undertaken in London and throughout England and Wales.