Race for presidency hots up

A THIRD runner looks set to enter the contest for the Law Society presidency in a surprise move which could split the anti-establishment vote.

As The Lawyer went to press, the Solicitors Association was poised to announce its own candidate for the elections with the group's chair,

Anthony Bogan, as the most likely candidate.

If the association does throw its hat into the ring, it could seriously damage Law Society president Martin Mears' chances of winning a second term.

The Solicitors Association was formed earlier this year on the coat tails of Bournemouth solicitor John Edge's campaign to end cut-price conveyancing.

Its members are natural Mears supporters, but the president has rejected the group's call for the Law Society's regulatory and trade union functions to be separated.

Even so, the association was widely expected to back Mears in his presidential campaign.

However, if a Solicitors Association candidate such as Bogan stands it will almost certainly increase the prospects of a victory for the candidates representing the Law Society's traditional wing, who look certain to be led by deputy vice-president Tony Girling.