The Law Society has appointed chairs for its two new boards in readiness for the implementation of Sir David Clementi’s legal regulation reforms.
As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 June), 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 become the chair of the consumer complaints board.
Both positions are part time, taking up two or three days a week, and both will be paid £60,000 for their roles.
The boards will begin operating in shadow form in September 2005 and will be fully operational by January 2006. The regulation board will consist of nine solicitors and seven lay members, while the complaints board will have five solicitors and seven lay members.
The announcement comes as the Law 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.