A tough act to follow

So it’s bye bye Fiona, hello Andrew.

Last night the great and the good of the Law Society gathered to pay their respects to Fiona Woolf, outgoing president and the first of her ilk in years to know her way around the City.

So it’s bye bye Fiona, hello Andrew.

Last night the great and the good of the Law Society gathered to pay their respects to Fiona Woolf, outgoing president and the first of her ilk in years to know her way around the City.

Maybe Woolf’s familiarity with the Square Mile (she used to be a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, in case you’d forgotten) explains the presence of so many heavy-hitting City partners at the feel-good bash. There was Allen & Overy‘s Guy Beringer, Herbert Smith’s David Gold and David Barnes, global head of corporate at Linklaters.

Of course, Woolf had made it her mission to traipse high and low across sunny England, meeting partners in the top 100 firms and beyond. The consensus at Chancery Lane last night was that, helped by her City credentials, she had done a first rate job of improving the credibility of the Law Society and campaigning for the interests of its members: especially those in the City. Turning up to see her off was the least they could do.

And so to Woolf’s replacement: Andrew Holroyd is a private client and immigration specialist. See story. He has been a partner with Liverpool-based, seven-partner firm Jackson & Canter since 1977. He has vowed to lead the entire profession through probably its biggest ever period of change.

It’s a tough gig. Good luck.