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Law Society welcomes Sir Thomas as LawCare President

31 October 2013 | tagged News release

Legal charity LawCare has announced its new President, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Sir John Thomas.

Bruce Beveridge, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: "I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Sir Thomas on taking up the honorary role as President of LawCare, which follows his recent appointment as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

"LawCare provides very important support for the legal profession across the UK. Many lawyers work under a great deal of pressure and there are times when they need the kind of advice and support that LawCare can provide, whether because they are going through a particularly stressful time at work, coping with depression, having difficulties in their personal lives or have issues with alcohol or drugs.

"The fact that LawCare attracts support from the highest tiers of the legal profession shows the tremendous regard with which the charity is held and recognition of the support it can provide during critical periods in lawyers' lives."

Hilary Tilby, solicitor, barrister and Chief Executive of LawCare, said: "We are very pleased to have Sir Thomas as our President. He is immensely talented and successful, yet fully understands the needs of others within the profession. Help at the right time makes all the difference and many of those we speak to go on to resolve their problems at an early stage."

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Note to editors

Sir John Thomas was born in Carmarthen and grew up in Ystradgynlais, Powys. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and was knighted when he became a High Court judge in 1996. He was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in October 2013 and is viewed as a moderniser of the legal system.

LawCare is an advisory and support service designed to help lawyers, their immediate families and their staff to deal with issues such as stress, depression, addiction, eating disorders and related emotional difficulties. Funded by professional bodies, the service is free and entirely confidential. http://www.lawcare.org.uk/

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 / valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

31 October 2013

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