I am delighted to have been asked to contribute a video clip for the remote inauguration of David Greene as the 176th President of the Law Society. He assumes office at a time when the legal profession and the nation are under severe strain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and also as the United Kingdom forges a new place in the world as its relationship with the European Union changes.
May I first congratulate David on his appointment and wish him well during his term of office. May I also pay tribute to the work of his predecessor, Simon Davis, who was an outstanding President during increasingly difficult times. A close relationship between the solicitors’ profession and the judiciary is an important underpinning feature of the administration of justice in England and Wales and I look forward to forging a strong and productive working relationship with your new President, as I did with his predecessor.