John Hughes named Birmingham Law Society president

John Hughes named Birmingham Law Society president

Banking lawyer John Hughes, a consultant at Shakespeares Martineau, has been named the Law Society’s 121st president, succeeding Mushtaq Khan.

During his year in office, Hughes has pledged to carry on the initiatives started by Mushtaq Khan, including developing closer ties with other professional bodies within Birmingham and the West Midlands.

He is also keen to engage with both local and national politicians and will be arranging a number of meetings with local councillors and MPs during his year. He also aims to extend membership of the Society to other law societies in the region.

He said: “It is a great honour to be able to represent a great profession in a great city. I am very much looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

“The environment in which the profession is operating is changing rapidly and we must ensure that we as a profession adapt accordingly but at the same time maintain the high standards of service and integrity which our clients rightly expect of us.”

Taking over the role of vice president is Andrew Beedham of Clarke Willmott; James Turner of Tuckers Solicitors becomes deputy vice president.

Inez Brown, partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys and Chaitali Desai, a solicitor at Weightmans, replace Prof Bernardette Griffin of The University of Law Birmingham and Ann Houghton of Anthony Collins Solicitors as joint honorary secretaries.