Law Society on hunt for publicity and policy gurus

TWO key policy making and publicity supremos are wanted by the Law Society to help it revitalise its flagging image.

The new posts of director of policy and director of communications will be advertised in the autumn by the society at competitive salaries.

And although several existing officials will by vying for the posts, it is hoped heavyweights from outside the society will be tempted to apply.

With legal aid and civil justice reforms in the pipeline both positions are seen as essential.

They were created by secretary general Jane Betts, who made a management shake-up her first task on arriving at the society last week. Dispensing with a management revamp launched last year by departing secretary general John Hayes, she has created a management team comprising nine directors.

Most of the positions have been awarded to existing Chancery Lane staff, but the policy and communications jobs have been left vacant pending the recruitment drive.

The shake-up means the society will be governed by more senior officials than ever before.

A spokesman said: “The idea has been to expand the upper structure so all the relevant people are around the same table.”

He dismissed suggestions that Betts' reorganisation would lead to redundancies at this stage although one member of the now defunct management board, Jane Hern, has seen her post abolished. She is said to be “exploring the possibility of redeployment with Betts”.