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Changes inevitable, lawyers told
Belfast City Hall
Mr McShane was speaking at Belfast City Hall
Solicitors in Northern Ireland must be prepared for far-reaching changes in their profession, according to the head of their representative body.

Law Society president Rory McShane was speaking at the society's annual dinner at Belfast City Hall.

"I predict that the next five years will see enormous developments in the profession and we must be ready for change," Mr McShane said.

A review of NI legal services is being carried out by Sir George Bain.

"The Law Society is conscious of the fact that whatever comes out of the review the status quo is not an option," Mr McShane said.

"We recognize that there will be reform of the existing system and that we must be prepared to give serious consideration to the review committee proposals.

"I undertake on behalf of the council of the society to engage positively with government on implementing an agreed reform agenda."

Several politicians were among the guests and Mr McShane told them: "The Law Society is keen to develop working relationships with all the political parties.

Attorney Genreal Lord Goldsmith
Attorney Genreal Lord Goldsmith was guest speaker

"In the coming months we hope to have bilateral discussions with each of the parties and to discuss with them topics of mutual interest and the report of the Bain Committee."

He said he hoped that devolution could be returned to Northern Ireland and wished the politicians well in the efforts to achieve this.

Guest speaker Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said the St Andrews Agreement was a significant move forward in the struggle to restore the Stormont Assembly.

"The government is very optimistic that what we have been working so hard for, for such a long time, will come about," he said.


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