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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 2017/18 were appointed on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

The new Presidential team are as follows:



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 with 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 practiced 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. Eileen was also one of the founder members of Condico Solicitors for Children which was formerly The Family Solicitors for Children Association,

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 along with a number of other charitable events.

Her chosen Presidential charity of the year is Barnardo's.


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 represents the Society on the Council of Legal Education and is heavily involved in the implementation of the Education Review.

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.

Ian was President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in November 2016 - November 2017.


Suzanne Rice read Law and French at Queens University Belfast before attending the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast where she completed her apprenticeship with Con O’Hagan Solicitors in Lurgan, County Armagh. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 2003, Suzanne continued her practice in Belfast where she now specialises in all aspects of Family Law and most notably Divorce and Children’s Law.

Suzanne currently works for McKeown and Company Solicitors in Belfast which is a young and dynamic law Firm specialising in Criminal Law, Family Law and Plaintiff Litigation based in the City Centre.

Suzanne is a Specialist Advanced Advocate Solicitor and is on the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Panel as well as the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Family Law Committee.

In 2009 Suzanne qualified as a Collaborative Divorce Solicitor and she became a Council Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in November 2013 when she has sat on the following Committees: Access to Justice, Family Law, Financial Services and Client Complaints. She currently represents the Profession in ongoing Government initiatives towards improving children’s law services.

Her expertise and knowledge in this area has been instrumental in assisting change and development to the practice of children’s law and she continues to advise on consultations and Steering Groups in this field.

As well as representing both parents and children, Suzanne also acts on behalf of international Governments in child abduction cases and she has recently acted on behalf of the American, Australian, Dutch, Irish, Turkish and Moroccan authorities before the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.

In 2010 Suzanne became legal Advisor to the Family Care Society in Adoption Matters and she is currently co-Chair of the Children’s Law Centre Management Board.


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.




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