by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The Law Society of Northern Ireland, the representative body for almost 3,000 solicitors here, has retained the services of Belfast-based Clarendon Executive in its appointment of a new Chief Executive. The post, which comes with a salary of c.


£105,000 follows the announcement in February by outgoing CEO Alan Hunter of his intention to retire after 11 years in the role.

Claire McKee, partner at search and selection specialists Clarendon Executive, and leading the recruitment process on behalf of the Law Society described the role as a career defining opportunity.

“We are privileged to be tasked with recruitment for a Chief Executive of the Law Society of Northern Ireland,” said Claire. “Positions of such seniority and standing do not present often. We are searching for someone capable of providing strategic direction in the context of change and transformation.

“Working with a wide range of stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally, the new Chief Executive will continue to strengthen the standing and profile of the solicitors’ profession as key professional legal advisers.”

Ms McKee added that while a legal qualification is not necessary it is important that the successful candidate has recent experience of operating at senior management level within a regulatory environment, a membership services organisation or an organisation with a complex governance system.

The closing date for receipt of CVs and completed application forms is midday on Tuesday 7th May 2019. It is expected that the successful candidate will take up post on 1st September 2019.

Based at Law Society House, Belfast, the Law Society was established by Royal Charter in 1922 and is an independent and self-funding body, which admits qualified persons to the Roll of Solicitors and sets and regulates professional and ethical standards for solicitors for the protection of the public.

It is an authoritative voice on matters of justice, administration of law and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

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