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City lawyers dominate solicitor appointments to SRA board

18 August 2009

Three of the six new solicitor appointments to the SRA board are senior City lawyers, the Law Society has announced.

Martin Coleman, global head of competition law at Norton Rose, Malcolm Nicholson, former head of competition at Slaughter & May and Mark Humphries, former head of advocacy at Linklaters, will join the board in January next year.

Cindy Leslie, dispute resolution partner at Denton Wilde Sapte, is a fourth City appointment on the board, which will be chaired by Charles Plant, consultant and former head of litigation at Herbert Smith.

Tom Keevil, general counsel and company secretary of United Utilities, is the in-house representative. Former Law Society Council member Lucy Winskell, a partner at Sintons in Newcastle, is the only new member from a regional firm.

Yvonne Brown, principal of Yvonne Brown & Co solicitors and former chair of the Black Solicitors Network, keeps her place on the board.

A Law Society spokeswoman said the appointments were made by an independent panel chaired by former parliamentary commissioner for standards Elizabeth Filkin and including Plant.

She said the society intended to appoint a solicitor from a high street firm and a new lay member from a business background to the board in the autumn, following a further recruitment process.

Four new lay members have been appointed to the SRA board. These are Toby Hobman, chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, Ian Menzies-Conacher, accountant and former group taxation director with Barclays, Sara Nathan, former editor of Channel 4 News and Sir Ron Watson, chairman of the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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