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New president of the Law Society inaugurated

4 July 2019

Simon Davis has taken office as the 175th president of the Law Society of England and Wales today in a ceremony at Chancery Lane, London.

“It is a great honour to be able to serve as Law Society president. As I take up this role, I am highly conscious of the challenges and opportunities we face as a legal profession and as a society,” Simon Davis said.

“As we hover on the edge of Brexit we are facing either a No Deal - or a Deal that leaves the future for the legal sector, and professional services more widely, to be negotiated from scratch.

“Whatever happens we must ensure bridges with our European colleagues are maintained and citizens and corporates are reassured that the strengths and openness of English law and jurisdiction will remain.

"The role of the solicitors' profession in upholding the rule of law will be an essential theme of my year, at a time when the rule of law is under serious threat after years of under-funding in the justice system and legal aid."

Simon will continue with the high profile campaign led by Christina Blacklaws for greater diversity and gender equality, with 23 December this year being the centenary of the law removing disqualification of women from the legal professions.

"I also intend to focus on ensuring our profession continues to make the most of developments in legal technology and on the ethical issues involved in the use of algorithms.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role at this pivotal time for the country and the profession. I will be working to make a difference, promoting the law of England and Wales globally, lobbying for resources to fix the broken criminal justice system and helping solicitors equip themselves in this fast-changing technological era."

Simon Davis is a senior litigation partner at the London office of Clifford Chance.

He joined the firm in 1982 and was made partner in 1994. He was the firm’s recruitment partner between 1995 and 2000 and spent a year as president of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association.

Notes to editors

The president holds office for a one-year term as the senior representative of the solicitors’ profession in England and Wales. The president also chairs the Law Society Council, the governing body of the Society.

The Law Society’s office holder line up is completed by vice president David Greene and deputy vice president I.Stephanie Boyce.

About the Law Society

The Law Society is the independent professional body that works globally to support and represent solicitors, promoting the highest professional standards, the public interest and the rule of law.

Press office contact: Ben Davies | ben.davies@lawsociety.org.uk | 020 8049 3750