C&I chair slams Law Society

The New national chair of the Commerce & Industry Group Carol Williams slammed the Law Society last week for the lack of support it provides the in-house sector.

At the sixth annual C&I Group dinner, run in association with The Lawyer, Williams, who is head of legal at Northern Foods, took the opportunity to berate the regulatory body for the lack of any return for in-house lawyers, despite a 65.2 per cent hike in the cost of a practising certificate over the last five years.

“The Law Society, of course, has a captive market,” she said. “Yet in what other industry could price rises of this magnitude have been imposed?”

Williams went on to call on the Law Society to pay more than simply “lip-service” to the in-house sector.

Ed Nally, vice-president of the Law Society and guest speaker at the event, stressed that strong relations with the C&I Group were very important to the Law Society.

The resonant address followed a day-long in-house sector conference at the Hilton, Park Lane, attended by more than 200 delegates from all walks of in-house life.