Boyce wins Law Society deputy vice presidential election

I.Stephanie Boyce has been elected as deputy vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales 2019, it was announced today.

She takes office as deputy vice president in July, becoming vice president in 2020 and president in 2021.

Stephanie is an experienced general counsel and has worked in-house at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She currently sits on the Law Society Council holding one of the seats from the Women Lawyers Division. She also chairs the Council Members’ Conduct Committee.

Stephanie said: “It will be my honour to lead our independent, strong and diverse legal profession - supporting the work of solicitors and all of the positive contributions they make to our society.

“The legal sector is going through a period of unprecedented challenge: there is a crisis in access to justice, widespread uncertainty with Brexit and the pressure of regulatory reform. We must guide our members through the storm, whilst continuing to lobby government for a justice system that is equitable, accessible and affordable.”

Christina Blacklaws, president of the Law Society, said: "I want to give my heartfelt congratulations to Stephanie.

“I am sure her tenure will prove to be a great success.”

Notes to editors

The Law Society has three elected office holders: the president, vice president and deputy vice president. They each hold office for one year.

Each year the Council elects the deputy vice president; the previous year's deputy vice president becomes the vice president and the vice president becomes president. The handover takes place at the annual general meeting in July.

The office holders are the Law Society's main ambassadors and represent the organisation at home and abroad. The office of president is a full-time appointment and the president is chair of the Council.

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