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Meeting the new Law Society president and remembering the fallen

30 July 2014

I recently met the new president of the Law Society, Andrew Caplen, over dinner in his official London residence.

Upon meeting Caplen I was struck by how passionate he is about the issues of legal aid and access to justice. Perhaps that is to be expected from a practitioner who cuts his teeth as an articled clerk in a Hampshire firm that was at the forefront of pro bono work in its local community, and whose then senior partner, John Griffin, helped design the criminal duty solicitor scheme in Southampton in the 1980s.

Caplen's experience, first as a duty solicitor himself, and subsequently as the chair of various Law Society groups - including the Society's Access to Justice Committee - will be needed at a time when the next rounds of cuts to criminal legal aid look set to decimate the profession and restrict representation for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Pragmatic and humble

The new president clearly has idea...

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