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The Kent Law Society exists to support solicitors, their staff and trainees, and law students in the County of Kent. It provides its members with training, marketing, recruitment, guidance, networking and social interaction.  This website is provided to inform the public about the work of solicitors in Kent, and to be a resource for the Kent Law Society's members.

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We are delighted to announce that Richard Atkinson has been announced as the new Vice President of the Law Society. He will take office in October.
Richard has been a Law Society Council member as constituency member for Kent since 2016 and has sat on the KLS Special Purposes Committee for many years. As President of KLS in 2018 Richard led the celebrations of the 200th Anniversary and will now lead the 200th Anniversary celebrations of the Law Society as President in 2024-2025.

Richard has specialised in criminal law for 30 years with a focus on serious crime litigation. He is a duty solicitor and a higher rights advocate, representing clients in court, as well as sitting on the Home Office's Police and Criminal Evidence Advisory Board, the National Disclosure Forum and the Crown Court Improvement Group.
In 2021, Richard was shortlisted for Legal Personality of the Year at the Law Society Awards in and also received a special award from the Legal Aid Practitioner Group for his work protecting solicitors who were providing legal advice to suspects detained in police stations during the pandemic. 
KLS President Nick Fairweather commented: "I am so delighted at this news. Richard has been an inspirational figure to so many of us and is hugely respected as a criminal practitioner and spokesperson both locally and nationally. And he has impeccable timing as he was KLS President when we celebrated our 200th year! Good luck Richard, you will be fantastic."


 

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