A boost to the Law Society?s legal aid team was announced today with the appointment of Richard Miller, currently Chief Executive of the Legal Action Practitioners Group (LAPG), to the post of Law Society Legal Aid Manager.
Miller will assume responsibility for the Law Society?s work on legal aid and will in addition develop the Law Society?s support and services for those of its members working within the legal aid and not for profit sector.
Commenting on this development Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society said,
?Richard brings with him a mass of experience and I am delighted that he is joining the Law Society to lead our existing dedicated and able legal aid team. Richard is a passionate and respected commentator on legal aid practice in England and Wales. He has led LAPG?s work over the last seven years with skill and dedication. The addition of Richard to the team is central to the sharper focus on supporting legal aid solicitors.
The next few years will be challenging for legal aid practitioners. I am sure that Richard will lead and further develop the Law Society?s work in support of its members in this key arena.?
Richard Miller commented,
?At this crucial time for legal aid practitioners I am delighted to take up this new role with the Law Society. It was a difficult decision to leave LAPG but the opportunity to work with a revitalised Law Society in this key area was too good to miss.
This new role will enable me to work closely with many colleagues and friends from the legal aid sector as I help to shape and develop the Law Society?s support to its members in legal aid and the not for profit sector?.
LAPG Chairman, Roy Morgan said, ?Richard?s hard work and dedication to legal aid has earned him enormous respect from the legal profession. He will be a hard act to follow. LAPG wishes Richard every success in his new position to promote and improve access for the public to a sustainable legal aid profession. We will continue to support him and harmonise our work with New Law Society to enhance high level representation for legal aid practitioners in these troubled times.?