Law Society Announces Brett Dixon As Next President Two Years In Advance

Law Society Announces Brett Dixon As Next President Two Years In Advance

By Gabriel Princewill-

The Law Society of England and Wales has announced Brett Dixon as the new deputy vice president, set to assume his role in October 2024.

Dixon’s election comes at a pivotal moment as the Society prepares to celebrate its bicentennial year and navigate significant challenges and opportunities in the legal profession.

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Nick Emmerson, the current president of the Law Society, expressed his congratulations and confidence in Dixon’s capabilities: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected deputy vice president.

Brett emerged from a strong pool of candidates, and his election is a testament to his dedication, expertise, and commitment to the legal profession. I’m confident that Brett’s tenure will inspire, drive progress, and help the Law Society navigate the future successfully for our members, the legal community, and society. I wish Brett all the best.”

The Law Society’s selection process for its leadership positions involves a rigorous evaluation of candidates’ qualifications, experience, and vision for the future of the legal profession by over 100 council members, all of whom are solicitors. Any one of those Council members can put themselves forward for the post.

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Professional achievements, contributions to the legal community, and potential to lead the Society through evolving challenges are some of the key criteria use din selecting candidates for the post.

Legal experts say  his deep understanding of legal practice, combined with his forward-thinking approach to digital transformation and inclusivity, aligns well with the Society’s objectives.

‘A representative of the Law Society told The Eye Of Media.Com that ‘it is pretty much like an election where candidates demonstrate their range of capabilities and accomplishments  accomplishments to the others. Council members can put themselves forward for election, and the rest vote for their preferred candidate’.

Wealth Of Experience

Brett Dixon brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1999, he holds Higher Rights of Audience in civil matters and is an accredited mediator. Dixon’s career began in general practice in Manchester, and he has since worked with various firms in the Northwest. Currently, he serves as a consultant solicitor at Scott Moncrieff & Co in London, specialising in strategic litigation.

In addition to his legal practice, Dixon runs a successful business providing training and consultancy to law firms across the UK.

He also owns and runs a firm providing training and consultancy services in relation to personal injury, technology and practice development.

Dixon’s contributions extend to his role as the sole expert legal member of the Online Procedure Rule Committee, where he guides the digital transformation of the civil, family, and tribunal systems in England and Wales.

He is reputed for  his committed outlook to modernising the legal profession and ensuring it remains accessible and effective.

Commenting on the opportunity before him, Dixon said in an official statement:

“I’m delighted to be elected deputy vice president. As we enter the Law Society’s bicentennial year, it is a time for celebration and a pivotal moment to plan for the future. As the new deputy vice president, I will chart a course through digital change to ensure that the legal profession remains innovative and adaptable in the face of evolving technologies as well as promote a diverse and inclusive profession.

I will work with colleagues and the whole organisation to ensure the Law Society remains at the forefront of access to justice and the rule of law.”

The current president, Nick Emmerson, has played a significant role in steering the Society through recent challenges, and his tenure has set a high standard for leadership. While the reasons for Emmerson stepping down at the end of his term have not been explicitly stated, it is common for leaders in such positions to transition after fulfilling their terms to allow for fresh perspectives and new leadership.

The Law Society of England and Wales has three elected office holders: the president, vice president and deputy vice president. They each hold office for one year.

At the annual general meeting in October, the previous year’s deputy vice president becomes the vice president and the vice president becomes president.

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