Christina Blacklaws

Managing Director at Blacklaws Consulting & former President of the Law Society

Christina is the former President of the Law Society of England and Wales (July 2019) with more than 28 years’ experience of effective leadership, campaigning and public service, consistently working at the forefront of innovation, using thought leadership to spearhead meaningful progress across multiple functions.

She has chaired numerous Boards and Committees over the course of her career and has strong communication and negotiation skills. She regularly acts as an adviser to Government, commercial organisations and international and domestic bodies.

She has passionately championed access to justice, diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Whilst President of the Law Society, she designed and developed the world's most comprehensive research and campaign initiative to progress the role of women in the law.

She additionally chaired the Policy and Technology Commission (examining the use of algorithms in the criminal justice system). After leaving office, she has developed a portfolio career supporting businesses as a non-executive director, a consultant and strategic advisor.

Christina currently chairs two government bodies in the law and technology space- Lawtech UK and Innovate UK’s Next Generation Services Advisory Body. She sits on numerous other advisory bodies in technology and D&I.

She is the UK President of the World Jurist Association and sits on the International Bar Association Council.

Since 2020 she has been Simon Industrial and Professional Fellow at the University of Manchester: focusing on supporting collective strategic development of the Law, Computer Science Faculties and Business School. She is an Elected Member of the Council of The Law Society of England and Wales (since 2002). She chaired various oversight committees and was Chief Assessor of the Law Society’s Children Panel from 2009 to 2012.

In 2012 she was featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100, in 2014 she was awarded Modern Lawyer of the Year and in 2018 the Power of Woman Award. She got nominated for the United Nations Women of Distinction Award in 2019 and received the Justitia International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.