Tuesday 21st January 2020

James Walsh becomes 2020 President

GA Solicitors partner James Walsh has been elected as the new president of the Plymouth Law Society for 2020. He succeeds Rachel Shoheth of Gard & Co as president after serving as treasurer and vice-president.

James has enjoyed a 20 year legal career in Plymouth having trained and qualified as a solicitor after studying at St Boniface’s College and Queen Mary & Westfield College, University Of London.  As head of GA’s asbestos and industrial disease team, he is acknowledged nationally for his specialist work in asbestos disease claims, particularly those related to mesothelioma victims. He has also developed a formidable reputation in industrial disease litigation, together with securing significant damages in public and employer liability cases.


Formed in 1815, Plymouth Law Society represents solicitors in the city and surrounding areas to maintain the standards of the profession through training, sharing best practice and providing a collective voice for its members.


In accepting the role, James explained: “I’m honoured to become president in such an important year for Plymouth as we celebrate Mayflower 400. For my part, I’m looking forward to further enhancing the city’s reputation for producing high quality lawyers and legal work that is recognised both nationally and internationally.”


Officers for 2020 are as follows:


President – James Walsh, GA Solicitors 

Vice-President – TBC

Immediate Past President – Rachel Shoheth, Gard & Co

Secretary – Rhodri Davey, Kitsons 

Law Society Council Member – Steven Hudson, Gard & Co



Rhodri Davey (Secretary of Plymouth Law Society - Kitsons), David Wallis (GA Partner - Head of Conveyancing) and Michelle Grove (GA Partner – Head of Family)


Neil Major (Honorary Secretary of PLS – Foot Anstey) and Steven Hudson (Law Society Council Member – Gard & Co)

2019 President Rachel Shoheth

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