New head to transform Law Society

The incoming Law Society president is calling for a change in the way the representative and regulatory solicitors’ body is organised.

Ed Nally, in his first interview on becoming president, told The Lawyer: “I don’t think the existing arrangement where we regulate and represent through our existing council, unchanged, is going to be sustainable in the medium term.”

The focal point of Nally’s presidential year, which began on 15 July, will be Sir David Clementi’s regulatory review of the legal profession, to be published in December. Nally expects Clementi’s review to prompt a change in the way the profession is currently regulated.

“I would argue the necessity to keep the Law Society intact, but I believe that it needs to be governed and organised internally in a significantly different way,” added Nally.

In the interview, to be published in full in next week’s The Lawyer, Nally also appealed to the profession to help to reduce the number of consumer complaints made to the Society.

Nally replaces Peter Williamson as president and is succeeded as vice-president by Kevin Martin. Meanwhile, Fiona Woolf, a partner at City firm CMS Cameron McKenna, becomes deputy vice-president.