Geordie Law Soc chief aims to boost “relevance”

The head of property and planning at North East firm Ward Hadaway has been elected president of the Newcastle Law Society.

Neil Robson will be president for the next year, and takes over the post from outgoing president, Guy Goodings, a partner at Northumberland-based firm Wholley Goodings.

Robson said: “My main goal during my presidency will be to increase the relevance of the Society to the business community in the region and to highlight the legal expertise which the North-East possesses.

“Our legal sector is very strong here with the large commercial firms able to rival firms in Leeds, Manchester and London, so I look forward to continuing to promote Newcastle and the North-East as a centre of legal excellence.”

Robson added that he will seek to coordinate the Newcastle legal world’s response to the Clementi reforms.

Two other senior posts at Newcastle Law Society have also been filled. Amjed Malik of Goldwaters solicitors in Newcastle has become deputy vice president, and Clare Routledge of Newcastle’s David Gray Solicitors has been appointed vice president.

Newcastle Law Society has more than 1,000 members working in firms from Berwick to Durham, and dates back to 1826.