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Q&A with Paul Wilson

30 November 2017

Paul Wilson is the head of Regulatory Affairs at the Law Society.

Paul Wilson

How long have you worked at the Law Society?

Since August last year, so just over a year now.

You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?

My team represents the solicitors profession. We try to ensure that regulation of solicitors works for the profession, and protects the public.

What are you working on at the moment?

The SRA Handbook reform is a huge regulatory change facing the profession, with real risks to the brand of solicitor and to clients. Some of the other areas I am focused on include the incoming Solicitors Qualification Exam, Professional Indemnity Insurance, and our ethics programme.

Where did you work before the Law Society?

Before I joined I spent six months as a stay-at-home Dad, looking after my son Arlo. Prior to that I worked for the government, running a loan-system for adult learners, and a social mobility programme for companies.  

Share some great advice you've been given.

If you never fail at anything, then you're probably being too cautious.

What's in your desk drawers?

Until recently, a load of rubbish left by my predecessor that I only discovered a few months into joining the society. He kept a hard-hat in the office and I'm yet to work out why...

Now the drawer has paperclips and papers in. How boring.

Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?

I tend to go to a little-known place called Pret a Manger.

How do you relax?

I find the gym quite relaxing and I'm currently trying out creative writing in my spare time.

What's your pet hate?

Sharing food. I just can't understand it when people eat half a doughnut, then leave the other half. Who only wants half a doughnut?!

I foolishly told my team about my pet hate, and now half-cookies and half-doughnuts keep appearing where we keep the treats.

Sum up working at the Law Society in one word.