| 10 January 1922|
| Northern Ireland|
| Professional organisation|
96 Victoria Street, Belfast
The Incorporated Law Society of Northern Ireland, commonly known as the Law Society of Northern Ireland, is a professional body established by Royal Charter granted on 10 July 1922 and whose powers and duties are to regulate the solicitors' profession in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting the public.
Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.
Law Society of Northern Ireland Wikipedia
The Society operates through an elected Council of thirty members, all practising solicitors who serve on a voluntary basis. The Society employs qualified solicitors and chartered accountants to carry out the administrative role of the Society. The Society's role is to regulate and to provide a service for its members.
Regulation of solicitors includes the annual issue of a Practising Certificate to each solicitor. This certificate entitles the solicitor to hold himself or herself out as a solicitor entitled to practice in Northern Ireland. The Society has a dedicated department, which handles complaints by clients against solicitors.
Over the years the Society has contributed to draft legislation and frequently comments on proposed changes to the law including the impact of the changes on solicitors, their clients and the community. It has defended legal aid as a key part of democracy and, in 2015, attempted to new legal aid rules quashed by the High Court.
In 2010, the Society welcomed the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Since then the Society's Presidential and Chief Executive team has met regularly with the Minister for Justice, David Ford MLA and the Department of Justice in relation to a number of pressing issues affecting the solicitor profession and their clients.
The Law Society Presidential and Chief Executive team consists of the President, Senior Vice President, Junior President and Chief Executive.
The Presidential and Chief Executive team for 2016/2017 were appointed on Wednesday 30 November 2016. The new Presidential team are as follows:President — Ian Huddleston
Senior Vice President — John Guerin
Junior Vice President — Eileen Ewing
Chief Executive and Registrar — Alan Hunter
The Chief Executive of the Law Society is Mr Alan Hunter who is supported by a senior management team.2005 — Attracta Wilson
2006 — Rory McShane
2007 — James Cooper
2008 — Donald Eakin
2009 — Barry Finlay
2010 — Norville Connolly
2011 — Brian Speers
2012 — Imelda McMillan
2013 — Michael Robinson
2014 — Richard Palmer
2015 — Arleen Elliott
2016 — John Guerin
2017 — Ian Huddleston