Chief executive and office holders
President - Simon Davis
Simon Davis became our 175th president 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 conducted the Davis review, an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the provision of potentially sensitive information to The Telegraph by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Simon’s main priorities during the presidential year 2019/20 are:
- Promoting the role of solicitors in upholding the rule of law
- Sustaining an open profession and jurisdiction
- Building a world-class profession in which all solicitors, whether they work in a firm or in-house, offer the best services to their client.
Vice president - David Greene
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 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 written and contributed to various books on civil justice and is consultant editor of the New Law Journal.
Deputy vice president - I. Stephanie Boyce
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 Law Society Council member 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
Chief executive - Paul Tennant OBE
Paul was the interim CEO of the Law Society from March 2017 before his permanent appointment as CEO in June 2018.
With Council and staff, he led the development of our values and purpose and the production of our five-year corporate plan.
He has led our focus on:
- promoting the profession
- influencing with real impact
- improving communications with members
- supporting practice excellence
- being a companion as solicitors build their skills and careers in a changing environment
His background is as a senior housing professional with 35 years’ experience, nearly half of which was as a Chief Executive, with his last role as group chief executive of Orbit. He took an innovative commercial approach to maximising the housing association business model using direct development, joint ventures and partnerships to develop market sales, affordable housing and private rented sector homes. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to housing.
Paul is an experienced transformational leader, providing vision, ambition and direction with a track record of achieving culture change, and inspiring and engaging people. He is an innovative thinker, challenging organisations to deliver more and drive changes.