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Unleashed | Taking a back seat

After 15 years of thrashing out policy and legislation, Russell Conway is hanging up his committee hat.?Now is the time for new blood

15 August 2013

I sort of retired last week. Not (lest you get out the bunting and champagne) from work but from two Law Society committees I have been on for 13 and 15 years respectively. I suspect that the work of Law Society committees is not well known to the average solicitor, albeit that the Law Society have referred to their committees as the "crown jewels".

I joined the housing law committee about 15 years ago. I had spotted a small ad and thought it sounded interesting. They were looking for a "specialist housing practitioner" who could give a steer on policy, legislation and who was available for about ten three hour meetings a year.

In those early days there was no interview and the selection process was a little haphazard but I was appointed and stayed on the committee without a break until last week. We got stuck into the disrepair protocol, Law Commission ?papers on renting homes and endless consultation papers on anti-social behaviour. We grumbled ...

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