Jonathan Smithers

  • Jonathan Smithers Jonathan Smithers began his articles in 1984 at the firm CooperBurnett in Tunbridge Wells. He qualified in 1986 and became an equity partner at the firm in 1990. He is now the senior partner.

    Jonathan has been involved in local law societies for over 25 years. He was elected president of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society in 2002 and president of Kent Law Society in 2007/8.

    Jonathan joined the Law Society Council in 2007 representing over 2,000 solicitors in the Kent constituency. He has also held positions on the Membership Board and the Law Society Gazette Editorial Advisory Board.

    He is the immediate past chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee and was instrumental in setting up the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, first on its project board and then as a member of the technical panel. He co-authored the Conveyancing Protocol and the Law Society's Code for Completion by Post.

    Jonathan has previously represented the Society as a media spokesperson on a range of legal issues and also represents the law Society on the Land Registry Rules Committee.

    Jonathan is a member of the Oriana Singers, one of the most active choirs in the south east, based in Tunbridge Wells, and has sung in over 40 English cathedrals.

    Presidential year 2015-2016

    Law Society president Jonathan Smithers used his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas:

    • the rule of law
    • access to justice
    • conveyancing and land law

    Read the full presidential year plan for 2015/16 (PDF 100kb)
    Read his inaugural speech

    Jonathan sets out his priorities for the year - watch the video on YouTube.

    The president's blog: Look out for Jonathan's monthly updates on Law Society activities and campaigns

    Championing the role of the profession in protecting the rule of law

    Our profession is integral to British business. During my year I will promote the strength and importance that our legal institutions have to economic growth and the stability of the United Kingdom.

    Protecting fairness and highlighting the importance of access to justice

    I will continue to make the case, to the government, to the courts and through the media that we need a properly funded justice system and that to deliver this there must be a return of funding in some areas.

    Solicitors' expertise in conveyancing and land law

    I want to ensure that the Law Society is able to have a meaningful influence on the discussions on property and land law, as well as foster closer relations between the Law Society and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Cabinet Office, the Welsh government and assembly, and other decision makers.

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