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Presidential and Chief Executive Team

Presidential and Chief Executive Team 2017

The Law Society Presidential and Chief Executive team consists of the President, Senior Vice President, Junior President and Chief Executive.

The Presidential team for 2016/17 were appointed on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

The new Presidential team are as follows:


Originally from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, Ian Huddleston studied Law at Queens University in Belfast before undertaking a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law at Bristol University.

After completing his apprenticeship with Murlands Solicitors in Downpatrick he was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1991 and subsequently to the Roll of solicitors in England and Wales in 2010.

Following his apprenticeship Ian began working for L ‘Estrange & Brett and was heavily involved with the management of that firm prior to its mergers.

Ian advises in relation to all aspects of real estate law but with a particular emphasis on complex development work and the development of strategic property solutions for both public and private sector clients.

He has advised on a number of major large regeneration initiatives and developments throughout Northern Ireland

Ian also advises private clients and business owners on the structuring of their assets and the use of corporates, trusts and partnerships as part of that and to deal with succession issues.

He is also actively involved in the area of charity law and philanthropy.

He has been named in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession for a number of years as a “leader in the field” for both for his real estate and private client practice where he is described as "a pragmatic lawyer who is great at keeping on top of loose ends and getting a deal across the finishing line".

Ian has an interest in legal education and is the outgoing chair of the Law Society's Education Committee although he remains a member and also sits on the Council of Legal Education.

He is a member of the Global Council of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a Committee Member of the Northern Ireland Branch.

He is a board member of a number of large companies and charities and is on the Board of Giving NI – a body set up to encourage philanthropy in Northern Ireland.

Ian became President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

His chosen charity of the year is Marie Curie.


John Guerin grew up in Belfast and was educated at Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock. After studying Law in Birmingham John attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and did his apprenticeship at R. B. Campbell & Co.

John subsequently worked for Campbell Fitzpatrick becoming a partner in 2011 and as of 1st December 2014 John is a partner in BLM after Campbell Fitzpatrick’s combination with BLM.

John specializes in Defence litigation for Insurance companies, employment law and professional disciplinary and regulatory work. In 2005 John completed the Advanced Advocacy course and is a Solicitor Advocate conducting many hearings and tribunals himself.

John was previously involved in the Belfast Solicitors’ Association and was elected the Chairman in 2007.

In 2009 John was elected to the Council of the Law Society and has chaired it Human Rights and Client Complaints Committees as well as sitting on the Policy, Access to Justice, and  Legal Regulation Review (Bain) Committees.

Outside of work John has travelled extensively and is a member of the Belvoir Park Golf Club.

John became President on Wednesday 25th November 2015.


Eileen Ewing was born in Oxford, England. She began her career at Patterson Taylor and Company in Belfast in 1970 as a clerical officer.

Throughout the early 1970’s, Eileen progressed to running the practice dealing and supporting the solicitors within the practice.

The wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout these years coupled with her growing interest in family and criminal law prompted her to apply to the Law Society of Northern Ireland in 1981 to undertake the combined course.

Eileen qualified and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1988. Following her admission she worked with Richard Monteith Solicitors based in Belfast.

In 1990 Eileen moved practices to Holmes and Moffitt solicitors where she practised matrimonial, conveyancing and criminal law for fifteen years representing and acting for clients in the Crown Court, litigation and family matters.

In 2005 Eileen joined Thompson Crooks Solicitors where she continues to practice today.

Eileen has been a member of the Children’s Order and Guardian Ad Litem Panel and contributed to the introduction of Collaborative Law in Northern Ireland.

She was the Chairperson of the Parents Advice Centre NI for 4 years and is on the Board of Governor at Movilla High School in Newtownards.

In 2009, Eileen stood for Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and was elected to same where she has served as Chair of the Family, Criminal Law and Client Complaints Committees.

Eileen is married with one son. During her free time she is a keen seamstress and cook.

She is involved with a number of local charities and participated in ‘Strictly Legal’ in 2014 in aid of Tinylife.


Alan Hunter, a solicitor educated at Queen’s University Belfast, was appointed Chief Executive of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in October 2007.

Previously he held a series of key positions in the Senior Civil Service including the Director of Legal Aid, Director of Judicial Services and Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.

Working with Presidents and the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland he has led the development and delivery of an engagement strategy with members and key interested parties including members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and others in civic society.

He has also been involved in overseeing the return of the Law Society to the new Law Society House situated in the heart of the legal quarter in Belfast City Centre.