Brian Speers- New President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland
CMG solicitors are delighted to announce that Brian Speers was appointed as the new Law Society President of Northern Ireland on Wednesday 24th November. He is the managing partner at CMG and is based in their Belfast office where he undertakes work in relation to house building development, planning agreements and enquiries, landowner consortia, apartment schemes, commercial property and commercial disputes and resolutions. Brian will serve a one- year term as president until November 2011.
Educated at Bangor Grammar School and Southampton University, Brian then undertook his vocational training at Institute of Professional Legal Studies from 1980 - 81 and was apprenticed to John G Neill Solicitor in the firm of Eric Morrow Co - now CMG Solicitors.
Brian is acknowledged as a leading mediation solicitor and has undertaken and delivered the SLS/Law Society Mediation Training programme jointly with David Gaston and Alva Brangam Q.C. He regularly lectures on mediation and arbitration both locally and internationally.
In 2002, Brian became a member of the Council of the Law Society and he has been instrumental in many committees not least as Chair of the ADR Committee and as Chair of Education Committee. Over the last number of years he has been very much at the heart of Society's Education Review Working Group which has completed a review of vocational training for solicitors. Their recommendations have recently been approved by Council.
He was a founding member of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Group and was Chair from 1988 - 1990. He is the first Chair of the Young Solicitors Group to become the President of the Law Society.