Christina Blacklaws inaugurated as Law Society president

Christina Blacklaws has become the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She was inaugurated at a ceremony at Chancery Lane, London, on 5 July 2018.

Blacklaws is the fifth woman to hold the position; in the year when for the first time ever women solicitors outnumber their male counterparts, she has made empowering women in the legal profession one of her major priorities for the year.

She said: “I’m delighted, honoured and humbled to take up the presidency at such a pivotal time for our profession and, indeed, our society. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make positive change and I promise I will work tirelessly to achieve it.”

Blacklaws is also committed to promoting the use of emerging technology within the profession, chairing a public policy commission that will examine the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice.

She commented in the Law Gazette: “We have little time to waste if we aspire – and I think we should – to ensure that the United Kingdom is the pre-eminent jurisdiction for legal technology. In achieving this, we will not only benefit the economy and society, but will directly support UK law firms to compete both globally and nationally.”

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