The new deputy VP will eventually ascend to the organisation’s presidency in 2023
The Law Society of England and Wales has appointed a new deputy vice president as the organisation prepares for new leadership.
On 14 October, Nick Emmerson will step into the role. He will then serve a term as the Law Society’s vice president next year before ascending to the presidency in 2023.
“It’s a great honour to be elected to this position – I’m looking forward to facing the challenges ahead and working alongside the other office holders, council and staff. I’m proud to be a solicitor and am keenly aware of the issues facing our profession at this exceptionally difficult time,” Emmerson said.
The cross-border M&A transactions specialist leads the capital markets team at London firm Lewis Mathys Emmerson LLP, where he is a partner. He is also an expert in international capital markets transactions.
Emmerson has significant experience working in Asia, having spent a total of nearly 10 years working across Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He is a qualified law practitioner not just in England and Wales, but also in California, Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland.
He is on the Law Society board and is a member of the audit committee. He has also served as the constituency member for Leeds on the Law Society council since 2015.
Emmerson said that in his role as deputy vice president, he seeks to support the organisation in tackling the current challenges in the industry.
“I want to support our members to meet those challenges, whilst also ensuring that the profession maintains its prominence regionally, nationally and internationally,” he explained. “As the Law Society approaches its bicentennial, I want solicitors to know what their Law Society does for them.”
Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce lauded Emmerson’s election to the deputy vice president position.
“My congratulations go to Nick who emerged as the winner from a strong field of candidates. I wish him all the very best for his three years as a Law Society office holder,” she said.