The Law Society's new president Fiona Woolf vowed last week to put the interests of City firms "high up the agenda" during her time in office. The former CMS Cameron McKenna partner plans to visit every firm in the top 100 with a view to boosting the society's profile in the City.
"My plan is to try to engage with firms directly to get more input from them on what they want from the Law Society," said Woolf. "I certainly do want to be very visible in the City."
Her comments, made on the day she took office last Thursday (13 July), appear to be a direct challenge to the City of London Law Society (CLLS), the official representational and campaigning body for 48 City firms. But not so. According to CLLS chairman David McIntosh, it is the Law Society's international door-opening ability that distinguishes it from his purely domestic group.
"There's no conflict," he said. "The Law Society is better placed than anyone else to access international markets. The CLLS couldn't do this as effectively as it isn't a national body."