Penny Brice, a senior partner with Rudlings Wakelam in Bury St Edmunds, has been appointed president of the local Law Society office for Suffolk and North Essex Law Society.
Penny, who specialises in wills and tax planning, takes over from Jonathan Ripman of Gotelee’s in Ipswich.
SNELS represents all Law Society members in the region and provides professional development courses in conjunction with the University of Essex.
Penny said that there had been huge changes in the legal world including the opening up of legal advice to alternative business organisations, the banning of legal referal fees for personal injury claims and the removal of legal aid for many services. This was affecting high street solicitors with the legal aid issue meaning many people would not have access to justice.