Robert Bourns is the 172nd president of the Law Society of England and Wales. He took the post in July 2016 after being voted into office, as deputy vice president in 2014.
Robert has significant experience managing and developing a growing business across the UK, having been managing partner for six years, and senior partner for four terms, at TLT Solicitors. He specialises in employment law - particularly with associated regulatory law and commercial firm practice management. He also has experience practising as an advocate, having spent the early part of his career in criminal defence.
Robert joined the Council of the Law Society in 2011 and is an elected member of the Management Board. He is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, and is a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee.
In his home city of Bristol, Robert is actively involved in a number projects and pro bono work. He has been a trustee and chair of a Hospice for nine years, the founder and director of the Room 13 arts project and a trustee of Ablaze - a charity devoted to promoting levels of attainment and opportunity for young people in deprived areas. He is also the chair of Bristol's Quartet Community Foundation and well-known in the area for his commitment to social justice.
Robert wished to use his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas:
Read his Presidential Plan for 2016-2017 (PDF, 120kb)
Robert discusses these more in this short video which you can view on YouTube.