Law Society president Andrew Holroyd, who completes his term of office next month, will return to Liverpool-based Jackson & Canter Solicitors to manage the firm’s Legal Services Act (LSA) and legal aid strategy.
Holroyd told The Lawyer his year in the presidential office had given him a clear idea of the challenges facing his firm.
“It’s going to be a long-term strategy, although I’m keeping it under wraps for now,” he said. “With our firm being heavily biased towards legal aid, we know that to maintain our place in the market we need to embrace change, including the Legal Services Act.”
During Holroyd’s term of office, the Law Society brokered a major deal with the Legal Services Commission and the Ministry of Justice that greatly improved the contract terms for civil legal aid lawyers.
“Legal aid’s not going to go away and there’s much more that needs to be done, especially on the criminal side, but the past 12 months have been a great leap forward,” said Holroyd.
Holroyd listed among the representative body’s other achievements this year being able to drop the practice certificate fee by 20 per cent and its stand against the breakdown in the rule of law in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
He added: “I was also keen to increase the reputation of solicitors, and with the Law Society coming 160th – ahead of Lloyds TSB – in the superbrands, it shows how much progress we’ve made and that we’re regarded in the business world as adding value.”
The outgoing president said his successor, Surrey-based Downs Solicitors consultant Paul Marsh, will have a number of difficult challenges ahead.
“He will, however, campaign for change on the issues former president Fiona Woolf and I have been fighting for,” said Holroyd.