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Radical leadership for uncertain times

The Law Society’s president, Robert Bourns, talks to John van der Luit-Drummond about the highs and lows of 2016 and what the year ahead holds in store for the solicitor profession

19 December 2016

‘My son once said: “Dad, you’ve become radicalised since you went to the Law Society.” But it’s the nature of the role,’ explains Robert Bourns, president of the solicitors’ representative body. ‘The job is a tremendous privilege. People say I’ve become more evangelical, more radical, but I do feel concerned when I see people taking shots at the profession. What has been achieved by practitioners over a long period of time is pretty special.’

Every president of Chancery Lane is invariably judged by the crises which they oversee. In 2013, following discontent over the law Society’s policy on criminal legal aid, Nicholas Fluck was faced with that motion of no confidence in the society’s senior leadership; a year later, his successor,

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