One of Warwickshire's leading corporate lawyers has been appointed as the new president of a major regional trade body.
Robert Lee, who is Corporate Partner at Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall, takes over from Andrew Nyamayaro as president of the Warwickshire Law Society.
Lee is one of the region’s most respected corporate lawyers, who has worked at Wright Hassall since 1995 and has been a member of the Law Society for more than 30 years.
During his two-year Presidency, he has pledged to support the County’s lawyers and provide a voice on sector challenges and hopes to establish the Law Society as the ‘go-to portal’ for public access to justice, whilst increasing its presence through in-person events.
Leamington-based Young People First – which provides support to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people living in Warwickshire and Coventry – has also been chosen as his official charity.
He said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this new role.
“Andrew has done a great job guiding the society out of Covid and re-establishing it in the region, developing strong links with Coventry University and the University of Warwick as well as the legal team at Coventry City Council.
“As we come out of a post-Covid world, my key focus is to increase our online visibility, reignite in-person events, and establish the Law Society as the go-to portal for public access to justice.
“Access to justice is something that is close to my heart and has been championed at Wright Hassall for some time now through our free legal clinic which is held at our offices on the third Wednesday of each month.
“We have 35 members at the Law Society and represent approximately 750 legal professionals, so I am looking forward to working together to provide a voice for our region.
“This is also a great opportunity to raise as much money as possible for Young People First – a fantastic local charity in Leamington which I know well through current links with Wright Hassall.”
Established in 1914, the Warwickshire Law Society is over 100 years old and represents and promotes more than 750 solicitors, trainee solicitors and legal executives in Coventry and Warwickshire.
It provides support and represents its members on a regional and national basis, provides training courses and updates to legislation, and helps the general public find legal support.
Lee is a partner in the Corporate Team at Wright Hassall and acts for a range of clients from large privately-owned global companies to entrepreneurial ventures, specialising in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and turnarounds.