Ian led Lewis Silkin as managing partner and CEO for 15 years. During this period, he led the firm’s growth nationally and internationally, helping to establish a reputation as one of the most innovative major law firms.
“It’s an exciting time to join the Law Society team,” said Ian.
“As the voice of the legal profession, the organization has a huge role to play in shaping the future of legal services, addressing immediate challenges and leading the conversation around long-term opportunities.
“Throughout my career, I have seen how lawyers make a huge contribution to society. They can be found on every main street in every city in the country as well as in every major shopping center – working independently, in companies and in-house – providing invaluable support to families and businesses.
“I look forward to working with the Law Society to advocate on behalf of lawyers and help them thrive in a rapidly changing legal environment.
“With my experience as a lawyer and chief of staff, I hope we can engage an ever-wider cross-section of members in the vital work he does for the profession and for society as a whole.”
I. Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society, was delighted to welcome Ian to the Law Society.
“As a lawyer and head of law firm, Ian brings valuable and highly relevant skills acquired during his tenure as Managing Partner and Managing Director of a large law firm, through his specialization in intellectual property and his first experiences with legal aid,” said Stephanie. .
“I am confident that he will develop an ever more sophisticated approach to meet the needs of our members, from inside government, from the City to legal aid practitioners and street lawyers.
“I know Ian will be instrumental in helping us continue to realize our vision of a valued profession delivering the highest quality legal services in the public interest and advancing the rule of law.
Interim CEO Gerry Walsh will stay on until September.
About Ian Jeffery
Ian joined Lewis Silkin in 1990 and qualified as a barrister in 1992.
He developed extensive experience in information technology and intellectual property law and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a partner in 1998 and managing partner at the age of 37 in 2005.
Ian recently acted as an independent consultant, using his extensive leadership experience to advise law firms and professional services organizations.
He also acts as an advisor to high-potential companies in the field of legal technology and has served on numerous boards of directors in different industrial sectors.