Woollcombe Yonge Partner Rebecca Wood has been elected as President of the Plymouth Law Society for 2023 alongside Carrie Laws of The Family Law Co as Vice President to form an all female top team for the first time since the Society was founded in 1815.
Rebecca, who heads up her firm’s criminal department, succeeds Craig Moore of Womble Bond Dickinson as President.
Plymouth Law Society currently has over 30 members and associate organisations from Plymouth and travel to work areas from high street to international firms together with associate members and sponsors Conveyancing Data Services, KE Costs, Eloquent Technologies, Fuel Communications and Marsh UK. The membership collaborates to encourage local people into all areas of the profession, support charitable initiatives, share best practice, promote continuous professional development and feed into The Law Society at a national level.
Upon assuming the role, Rebecca commented: “I’m honored to be elected by my peers and I look forward to highlighting justice for all, women in the law, and mental health. It is not very often that the Society is headed by a legal aid lawyer and so it is important to take this opportunity to vocalise not only what we do in our profession but also how we can improve our services and systems.”
She continued: “I certainly have big shoes to fill in taking over the reins from Craig who managed to attract the then President of the Law Society, Stephanie Boyce to the city and Baroness Brenda Hale to deliver our annual Mayflower Lecture in collaboration with the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City Council whilst raising £4,500 for local charities.”
Outgoing president Craig Moore said: “Congratulations to Rebecca on her much-deserved appointment. I’m sure she will continue to push inclusion even further by collaborating with education providers to inspire those considering a career in the law. She is also well placed to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Plymouth Junior Lawyers Division for the benefit of the next generation of lawyers here in the city.”
In addition to electing the new President and Vice President, the people elected for the committee of 2023 are:
The committee also confirmed it will be supporting Trevi, Plymouth Children in Poverty, and Shekinah as its charities for 2023 through its regular events.
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Photo: Craig Moore with Rebecca Wood