Law Soc names new chief executive

The Law Society has picked the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s chief executive Desmond Hudson as its new chief executive.

Hudson replaces current chief executive Janet Paraskeva, who is moving on to a range of other roles including the position of First Civil Service Commissioner.

He will lead the Law Society’s representative work, which recently split off from regulating the solicitors’ profession. In March the society announced that Antony Townsend, chief executive of the General Dental Council, has been picked as regulatory chief executive.

Hudson qualified as a solicitor prior to leaving the profession for a succession of management roles in organisations includign the Scottish Media Group and the Britannia and Yorkshire Building Societies.

He said that the Law Society’s role is “pivotal” to the success of law firms.

Law Society president Kevin Martin praised Paraskeva’s work, and said that Hudson had the same type of “talent and commitment” to continue the society’s development.