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The director of legal services at the Metropolitan Police Service, Edward Solomons, is due to retire in the next few weeks.
Solomons was appointed to the post in 2006 after nearly 15 years working at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.
Throughout his tenure Solomons has handled a number of legal challenges involving his employer, including coping with a number of high-profile inquiries such as those surrounding the deaths of Stephen Lawrence and Princess Diana and the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man shot dead by police in a London Underground station (3 February 2009).
Most recently he oversaw the review of the Met’s external legal panel, which saw nine firms slashed from the roster (22 March 2012).
Solomons is due to retire on 3 July. The Met is currently recruiting for a replacement.