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29 November 2012

New Law Society President Announced


The Law Society of Northern Ireland has announced the appointment of Mr Michael Robinson as its new President.

A native of Belfast Mr Robinson is a partner with Cunningham and Dickey solicitors in Belfast City Centre.

Educated at Annadale Grammar School he obtained his primary Law Degree at Queen's University in Belfast before undertaking his vocational training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Following completion of his vocational training he began work in the practice of Harrison, Leitch & Logan based in Belfast where he trained and specialised in defence litigation. 

In 1986 he was invited to join Cunningham & Dickey in Belfast City Centre where he has remained, becoming a partner in 1989.

Michael continues to practise in public liability and employer’s liability defence litigation as well as the broad range of services offered in general practice including high-value matrimonial/civil partnership property matters, plaintiff clinical negligence litigation and commercial and residential property matters.

He has unique experience of defending public bodies and their staff in unlawful death investigations and criminal and civil proceedings consequent thereon.

In 2005, he was elected to serve on the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Since becoming a Council Member he has been proactive in the Society’s work serving as chair to a variety of committees. 

Most recently he has been Chairman of the Law Society Client Complaints Committee and was instrumental in drafting the Solicitors (Client Communication) Practice Regulations 2008 and the client retainer letters and in house complaints procedures mandated under those Regulations.

In 2005 Michael undertook the Law Society/National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Advanced Advocacy Course and this year completed the Law Society Mediation course delivered by the outgoing Senior Vice President, Brian Speers and his colleagues.

Outside of his work Michael is Registrar at The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Belfast and has a great interest in the performing arts. He has served as Board Member and Chairman of "Kabosh" an award-winning independent theatre company and is currently a Board Member and Director of Ulster Youth Orchestra which is the national youth orchestra in this Jurisdiction.



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