Q&A with Michael Lonergan, Policy Adviser at the Law Society.
- What is your role at the Law Society?
- What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?
- What is one thing you wish people knew about your job/the Law Society?
- Tell us an interesting fact about you.
- Where’s your favourite place in the world to visit?
- What three items would you take with you to a desert island?
I'm a policy adviser in our Regulatory Affairs team. Our team covers issues relating to the regulation of solicitor's profession like changes to the SRA Handbook, the education and training of solicitors, professional ethics - and of course the Legal Ombudsman.
So my job is to assist our Regulatory Affairs Board and relevant committees in developing Law Society policy on these issues and ensuring the profession's views are heard.
I'm looking at how the Law Society will respond to the upcoming SRA consultation on price and service transparency - our members will be interested in seeing the detail or proposals and providing their input.
I have been organising an event, which took place in September for our members, where we talked about some upcoming regulatory issues at our offices in Chancery Lane. I'm also helping to draft a Law Society response to the SRA's recent consultation on its corporate strategy for 2017-2020.
The Law Society is situated in an impressive, Grade II* listed building. It has opulent, high ceiling rooms used for meetings and member events. Unfortunately, the offices we work in don't quite live up to such high standards!
I have a stuffed hamster at home, named Duke Fluffington.
To explain, but also cut a long story short, I joked with my girlfriend a couple of years ago that it would be funny if we taxidermied our hamster after he died so we could enjoy him forever. She took me seriously.
Getting him professionally stuffed would have cost several hundred pounds but I found a much cheaper and more personal alternative - a half day mouse taxidermy course. I asked if we could BYO hamster and the rest, as they say, is history.
Probably either Vernazza, a picturesque, brightly painted Italian fishing village, or a good, quiet, old fashioned English pub.
A machete - for survival purposes. Also a guitar and a fascinating book called Stories from your life and others by Ted Chiang to keep me occupied.