Chief executive and office holders
President – I. Stephanie Boyce
I. Stephanie Boyce is the 177th, the sixth female, the first Black office holder, the first person of colour and the second in-house solicitor in almost fifty years to become president of the Law Society of England and Wales.
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 and is a fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.
Stephanie is a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division, former chair of the Strategic Litigation Group and a member of the Board of the Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service and holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.
Stephanie has recently been appointed to the HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned independent taskforce to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK financial and professional services.
In 2020 Stephanie was voted on to the Governance Hot 100 – Board Influencer and made the Power List 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK in 2021.
Vice president – Lubna Shuja
Lubna Shuja is the vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She will become the first Asian president in October 2022.
She has been a Law Society Council member since 2013 and is the chair of the Law Society’s Membership and Communications Committee as well as a member of the Law Society Board.
Lubna is a solicitor with her own practice, Legal Swan Solicitors, in Birmingham. She specialises in professional discipline and regulation. She is also a mediator.
She works with a number of different professional regulators as chair of their Disciplinary/Fitness to Practise/Investigations/Conduct and Competence Committees. Lubna was also a deputy clerk at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for over 13 years.
Deputy vice president – Nicholas Emmerson
Nicholas Emmerson is the deputy-vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales. He will become the vice-president in October 2022 and the 179th president in October 2023.
Nick is a partner at Lewis Mathys Emmerson LLP and a specialist in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and international capital market transactions.
He is fluent in Japanese and has spent his career working in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Leeds and London.
As well as England and Wales, Nick has been admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland and as an attorney at law in the State of California.
Yorkshire born and bred, Nick has represented the legal powerhouse of Leeds on the Law Society Council since 2015 and was president of Leeds Law Society during its 150th anniversary and the bulk of the pandemic.
During Nick’s presidency, Leeds Law Society demonstrated its resilience by hosting its inaugural and ground-breaking online Diversity and Inclusion Conference with support from the Law Society.
Nick is a City of London Solicitors’ Company liveryman and previously served on the City of London Law Society 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.