Law Soc restructures for Clementi reforms

The Law Society has appointed chairs for its two new boards, in preparation for the implementation of Sir David Clementi’s recommendations for the reform of legal regulation.

Former Law Society president Peter Williamson becomes chair of the Regulation Board, which will oversee the policy and operations of the society’s regulatory function.

Shamit Saggar, professor of political science at Sussex University, will be the Consumer Complaints Board chair.

Both positions are part-time, taking up two or three days per week, and both chairmen will be paid £60,000 for the role.

The boards will begin operating in shadow form in September 2005, and will be fully operational in January 2006. The Regulation Board will consist of nine solicitors and seven lay members, while the Complaints Board will have five solicitor and seven lay members.

The announcement comes as the society begins to split its regulatory and representative functions in two, following Clementi’s recommendations made in December. The government has announced that legislation will be introduced to implement Clementi’s proposals in due course.