Frances Gibb of The Times has interviewed Joe Egan, the incoming Law Society President, who assumes the role this week. In a fascinating and wide-ranging interview, Mr Egan takes the reader on a tour through his eclectic career in which he wanted to be a journalist but worked as a bus driver and silver service waiter before going to law school aged 30.
What lawyers will want to know about is his stance on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (he has some concerns over proposals such as allowing solicitors to join unregulated entities) and the single qualifying exam - it remains to be seen therefore, whether Egan will bring revolution or evolution to the highest office of the Law Society.
Next week a professed Corbyn supporter and establishment outsider, Joe Egan, takes over as president of the 136,000-strong solicitors’ profession in England and Wales. Stirrings of alarm in the society’s grandiose Chancery Lane headquarters are unlikely; Egan says: “I am resistant to the idea of doing things just to be seen to be doing things — the first thing is to keep the ship steady and moving in the right direction.” His predecessor, Robert Bourns, has done a “tremendous job, promoting pride in the profession” and he wants to build on that work.