BILA Committee member and Law Society Council member, Maria Memoli, has been elected to the prestigious Management Board of the Law Society of England and Wales. Not only is she the first Italian national to be on the Law Society Council, but she is also the first Italian national to have been elected to this position. The Board is a senior committee of the Society with members including Law Society President, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Vice-President, Nick Fluck, and the Society’s Chief Executive.
Maria has been a Law Society Council member since 2005. Amongst her many roles, she has also been a member of the Law Society’s Gazette Editorial Board, on the Membership board for 3 years and was the Chairman of the Council Members’ Conduct Committee for 4 years.
Promising in her election statement not only to ‘talk the talk’ but also to ‘walk the talk’, Maria says that her background and experience equip her to deal with a range of thorny issues including ‘business planning, governance, VFM, budgets, HR, financial controls and risk management to name but a few’.
Rocco Franco, President of BILA said that:
‘BILA is delighted that Law Society Council members have recognised Maria’s talents and personal qualities in this way. As an active BILA Committee member, Maria has strived to put Italian lawyers on the Law Society’s radar by inviting Law Society office holders to seminars in Italy to such cities as Rome, Venice, Padua and Genoa. Maria’s prestigious appointment is particularly welcome at a time of change for the legal profession across England and Wales, which is of much interest in Italy and may impact on the rest of the world”
Maria Memoli said that:
“I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected onto the Law Society’s Management Board and I am humbled by my fellow Council Members’ confidence in me. It certainly won’t be an easy ride running the Law Society, but to have an Italian flavour at the higher echelons of the Law Society is quite something – definitely a first !”.