Movers & Shakers: Philip Hoddell becomes president of Suffolk & North Essex Law Society

Philip Hoddell of Birkett Long.

Philip Hoddell of Birkett Long. - Credit: Archant

A partner with Essex law firm Birkett Long has taken on the role of president of the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS).

Philip Hoddell, who is head of the firm’s private client department, has previously held the posts of vice president and honorary secretary with the society, and been involved in SNELS for more than 20 years.

He takes on the role of president for one year to represent local solicitors at a regional level, and to help to promote the interests of the area’s legal firms to the national Law Society.

The 50-year-old from Colchester said: “It’s a real honour to be chosen to represent the many lawyers in the Suffolk and North Essex area.

“The law society was founded in 1825 and exists not just to help lawyers but to help clients receive top-quality advice by making sure that their legal representatives are always aware of the ever changing nature of UK law.

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“I’m looking forward to my year in office, and will be hoping to have a positive influence on the work of other lawyers in the eastern region as well as encouraging our profession to work together to better serve our clients.”

Birkett Long has offices in Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon.

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Acas aims to help unions and employers resolve their workplace disputes through its free and impartial collective conciliation service.

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“He succeeds Peter Harwood who has given outstanding service assisting in the resolution of countless difficult disputes.

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