Dixon quits Law Society over slow reform progress

By Kathryn Higgins

04 January 2017 at 11:40 BST

'I cannot in good faith continue to be CEO of an organisation that is not prepared to change.'


Law Society chief executive officer Catherine Dixon has quit her position and accused the body of dragging its feet on an internal governance review started at the beginning of last year. In a letter penned to the Law Society’s 100-member Council, Ms Dixon expressed frustration with the Society’s old-fashioned posture and overly complex internal bureaucracy, adding that efforts to make the organisation ‘more responsive and agile’ have failed to make headway: ‘[When] Council was given the opportunity to bring about a change as to how this organisation is governed, regrettably from my perspective, it chose to vote against and/or delay such change.’

Ms Dixon has been CEO of the Law Society since early 2015, when she took over the role from Des Hudson. In a statement, Law Society president Robert Bourns thanked Ms Dixon for her ‘tireless and effective work’ as CEO of the organisation, and acknowledged her concerns about the pace of governance reform efforts: ‘I am to use the rest of my presidency to help drive the next stage of the review and propose further changes,’ he said.

Sources: Legal Week; Legal Cheek


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