The Law Society has announced that Simon Davis of Clifford Chance has won the Law Society of England and Wales 2017 presidential election. Simon takes office as Deputy Vice President in July, before becoming Vice President in 2018 and President in 2019.
As a commercial litigation partner at Clifford Chance, Simon has spent a career spanning more than 30 years helping clients to avoid disputes and to resolve them effectively when they do arise.
Responding to his election, Simon said:
It is a great privilege to have been elected to represent the profession.
I intend to represent the Law Society's broad spread of members as I represent my clients - finding out and resolving the challenges they face, permitting our members in turn to devote their energies to representing the clients who depend on them.
Robert Bourns, president of the Law Society, said:
I congratulate Simon, who emerged as the winner from an extremely strong field of candidates. I wish him all the very best for his three years as an office holder.
The Law Society has three elected office holders - President, Vice President and Deputy Vice President - who each hold office for one year. Each year the Council elects a new Deputy Vice President whilst the previous Deputy Vice President becomes the Vice President, and the previous Vice President becomes the President. The handover takes place at the AGM in July each year.