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Presidential and Chief Executive Team

Presidential Team 2016

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

The Presidential team for 2015/16 were appointed on Wednesday 25th November 2015.

The new Presidential team are as follows:


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.

His chosen charity of the year is Clic Sargent

John became President on Wednesday 25th November 2015.


Arleen Elliott obtained a Law Degree at Kings College, London and undertook vocational training at Blackhall Place, Dublin before returning to Northern Ireland and joining The Elliott-Trainor Partnership, Newry in 2002. She is a general practitioner who undertakes a variety of work including conveyancing, family and litigation.

In 2005, she became a Partner of the Practice and in 2006, Arleen was elected to the Council of the Law Society where she has served as Chair of the Family Law Committee, Client Complaints Committee, Contentious Committee and Access to Justice Committee. In 2007, she was appointed to the Children Order Panel Accreditation Board.

Her mother, Margaret Elliott, served as President of the Law Society in 1990 and they are the first mother and daughter to serve as President of a Law Society in the British Isles.

Outside of work, Arleen enjoys a variety of interests and she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled 350 kilometres around Cuba and has completed a Cowboy challenge in Colorado for charity. 


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 based in Belfast eventually becoming managing partner.

Ian works as a consultant and advises in relation to all aspects of real estate law with an emphasis on complex development work, allied construction and strategic property solutions for both public and private sector clients. 

He has been named as a "leader in the field" in the top tier for real estate in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession for a number of years. Chambers describes Ian as "a pragmatic lawyer who is great at keeping on top of loose ends and getting a deal across the finishing line".

He also acts as a specialist advisor to high net worth individuals and again is cited as a leader in his field in the area of trusts, wealth structuring and charity law.

Ian is chair of the Law Society's Education Committee also sits on the Council of Legal Education. 

He is a committee member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is a former member of the Law Commission of Northern Ireland Land Law Reform Working Group.


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.