New Executive Director for the Bar

The Law Society of England and Wales has appointed Ian Jeffery as Chief Executive.

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce said, “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the Law Society and look forward to working with him as he takes the helm.

“As a lawyer and head of law firm, Ian has 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.

“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.”

Law Society Chairman Robert Bourns said: “We consider ourselves fortunate to have Ian as our new Chief Executive. He has deep industry expertise and experience leading a large company as Managing Partner and Managing Director.

“I look forward to seeing Ian exercise his leadership skills for the benefit of lawyers in all practice areas, supporting the excellent work of our Council, expert panels and staff.

“I would like to thank Gerry Walsh for his contribution as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company.”

Ian Jeffery said: “This is an exciting time to join the Law Society team. 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 across the country as well as in every major shopping mall – 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.”

Notes to Editors

Ian Jeffery will take up his post as Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales in September 2022. Acting Chief Executive Gerry Walsh will serve until September.


Ian joined Lewis Silkin in 1990 and qualified as a barrister in 1992. He has extensive experience in the area of ​​information technology and intellectual property law and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a partner in 1998 and finally managing partner at the age of 37 in 2005.

He led Lewis Silkin as managing partner and CEO for 15 years. During this period, he spearheaded the growth of the firm both nationally and internationally, helping to establish the reputation of being one of the most innovative major law firms.

Ian has recently acted as an independent consultant to law firms, professional services organizations and legal technology companies. He has also served on boards of directors in different sectors of the industry.

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