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Department of Justice official is new Law Society chief

A senior Department of Justice official has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Law Society of Northern Ireland
A senior Department of Justice official has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Law Society of Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

A senior Department of Justice official has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Law Society of Northern Ireland.

David Lavery, who takes up the post on September 1, is the current Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Access to Justice in the Department of Justice. He previously served as chief executive of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service between 2001 and 2012.

He also served as principal private secretary to David Trimble as First Minister from 1998 to 2001. Mr Lavery said he intends using his position to promote the core values and standing of the solicitor profession within Northern Ireland as well as internationally.

Law Society president Suzanne Rice said: "David emerged as the successful candidate from an exceptionally strong pool of applicants and we are greatly looking forward to working with him."

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