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The Westminster & Holborn Law Society Council

Members in Westminster and Holborn are represented at a national level by five Council Members at The Law Society: three in Westminster and two in Holborn.  You can read their profiles and find out how to contact them below.

The Law Society Council meets regularly and the 2019 dates are listed below:

          13 February 2019
          29 and 30 March 2019
          14 May 2019
          3 July 2019
          4 July 2019 (Law Society AGM in afternoon)
          3 October 20191
          5 December 2019

You can find the public papers published for each Council meeting here: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/about-us/our-council

Council Members

Beth Forrester (Westminster)

Beth Forrester was elected as council member for Westminster in July 2018.

Beth works in-house as a solicitor for Ofsted, with an office in Westminster. She advises on public and regulatory law, with a particular focus on the independent school and further education sectors. Beth previously worked as the sole litigation solicitor for Ofsted, with a specialism in defending judicial review challenges. She also has experience working for a local authority in public and children law. Prior to this, Beth trained in private practice in Brighton.

As well as a council member, Beth is also a trustee of the Law Society Charity and has previously served as a council member for the Junior Lawyers Division.

As a council member Beth is aware of the ongoing governance review and seeks to ensure that any changes improve the membership experience and representation by the society. To this end, Beth is interested in increasing engagement between the membership and the society, to understand the membership's needs and ensure that the society provides services and facilities that are valued by members. As the representative body for the profession Beth is keen that the society upholds the highest standards and promotes to the public, other professionals, government and business, the value of the profession.

Beth works full time, splitting her time between the office and remote working from home and can be contacted on twitter @BethJForrester


Edward Macey-Dare (Westminster)

Edward Macey-Dare is a partner and head of employment at Lee Bolton Monier-Williams and he specialises in employment law, commercial dispute resolution and company/commercial transactions.

He is the third generation partner to be Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and a former President of Westminster & Holborn Law Society. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and regularly lectures on employment law matters.

Outside work, Ed's principal interests are music, history and sport. He lives in Sussex and is married with one daughter.

Ed can be contacted on Edward.macey-dare@lbmw.com


Fraser Whitehead (Holborn)

Until recently Fraser was Senior Litigation Consultant in Specialised Litigation Services at Slater & Gordon.  During his career, he has advised individuals and collective groups over a wide variety of legal areas including product liability, financial and investment product selling and anti-trust cartels.

Fraser was a member of the Blackwell Committee appointed by the Lord Chancellor to examine the way certain types of legal cases were handled by advisors and a member of the Ministry of Justice's Advisory Council on civil justice costs.

He is also Chair of the Law Society Council Membership Committee and the Law Society Consumer Affairs Group, a Trustee of the Mary Ward charitable trust and a former director of the Mary Ward Law Centre, Council Member of the Islington Free Legal Advice Service and Founder of the then Big Friend Little Friend charity which is now one of the largest UK organisations assisting single-parent families.

Fraser can be contacted on afw@fraserwhitehead.com


Jeffrey Forrest (Westminster)

Jeffrey has been a Council Member of the Law Society of England & Wales since 2005 and chairs the Westminster & Holborn Law Society's International Committee.  He is a trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

He has many international legal connections and is a quondam Member of the Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and a Member of ABA's International Section. He is also a member of the Society of English & American Lawyers and the British Italian Legal Association.  He speaks French and is currently working on improving his Spanish.

He has a particular interest in corporate social responsibility issues and pro bono activity and in 2005 was the first recipient of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (now LawWorks) Award for an individual.

Jeffrey can be contacted on jaf@jaforrest.com


Jonathan Wright (Holborn)

As well as a Council Member of the Law Society of England & Wales for Holborn, Jonathan is a member of the Westminster & Holborn Law Society's Professional Matters Committee.  

He is a partner at Richard Nelson LLP where he specialises in complex business crime and fraud cases, from initial investigations through to the outcome of any court proceedings, POCA Confiscation, Enforcement and associated restraint or receivership issues.

He also advises on complex and detailed tax investigations, assists accountants in relation to investigations and compliance queries involving the accounting regulators and represents companies in all aspects of investigations or court proceedings brought by Companies House, the Insolvency Service, BEIS and CIB, as well as defending directors in disqualification proceedings brought under CDDA.

Jonathan can be contacted on jonathanwright@richardnelsonllp.co.uk