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13 January 2021

Law professor joins board to support future of legal profession

A Hallam law professor has joined the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to help develop the legal profession and education

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Professor Elizabeth Smart
Professor Elizabeth Smart

Professor of legal education, Elizabeth Smart, is one of four new members of the board who took up their places this month.

Prof Smart is a practicing solicitor with 28 years’ experience and is director of SHU Law, a subsidiary of Sheffield Hallam University, which is a not for profit teaching law firm.

She has worked in both higher education and as a consultant for a range of UK police forces, promoting equality and diversity, and is currently a member of the Independent Ethics Panel for the Police and Crime Commissioner of South Yorkshire.

Professor Smart said: “I am delighted to have been appointed at such a pivotal moment in the development of legal education and the profession more widely against the backdrop of a post Brexit world still coming to grips with the impact of a pandemic.

“There are many challenges which lie ahead but I feel confident that we will be able to meet that challenge and transform the way students can qualify as a solicitor whilst maintaining public confidence in the profession as a whole.

The other new board members are Ann Harrison, Dermot Nolan, Vikas Shah MBE.

Anna Bradley, Chair of the SRA Board, said: ‘I am delighted that after an open and very competitive recruitment process, we have both strengthened the Board and increased our diversity. I welcome our new Board members and look forward to working with the whole Board in addressing the needs of legal service users in what is a complex and fast-changing landscape.

‘We have a challenging programme ahead of us at what is an uncertain time for everyone. Vikas, Dermot, Ann and Elizabeth will help us bed in a comprehensive reform programme, transform the way that would-be solicitors qualify, anticipate change and support innovation and technology.”

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