Jonathan Goldsmith

Council member for the European Union and International

Date elected to councilJan 2017

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Jonathan Goldsmith works as an expert on numerous funded projects aimed at improving the administration of justice in the EU and worldwide.

Jonathan blogs weekly for the Law Society Gazette.

From 2001 to 2015, he was the secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents over 1,000,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societies.

He currently serves as chair of the International Bar Association's Bar Issues Commission's International Trade in Legal Services committee.

He began his legal career in the UK Citizens Advice Bureaux as an advice worker (1978 to 1980) and community lawyer (1980 to 1986).

After that, he joined the Law Society of England and Wales, first as deputy head of communications and then, from 1995 to 2001, as director of international, promoting the interests of solicitors abroad.

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Area of practice

European Union law

Groups/boards served on

Law Society Board; Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee (chair)

Languages spoken

English and French