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SRA Chair wins lifetime achievement award

The Chair of the SRA Board, Charles Plant, has been honoured by the City of London Law Society at the British Legal Awards.

Charles was given the society's Award for Lifetime Achievement by its chairman, Alasdair Douglas, at the ceremony at Old Billingsgate on 27 November. It was awarded to recognise the contribution Charles has made to services for law and the City of London.

The society said he had had a distinguished career in the City, and had given selfless service to the profession as Chair of the SRA Board. Charles joined Herbert Smith & Co as it was called in 1967 and was a litigation practitioner there for nearly 40 years. He has been Chair of the SRA Board for five years.

Alasdair Douglas said: "Charles' appointment to the SRA came on the back of an illustrious career at Herbert Smith where he built a reputation as a litigation and arbitration partner. He recognised the need and fought for proportionate regulation and the City and the UK economy owe much to his guidance and direction.

"Your working life means many different things, and offers all sorts of rewards and satisfaction, but the objective hallmark of achievement in your working life is that you made a difference. Charles did make a difference."

Charles Plant said: "I am delighted to receive this award from the CLLS. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to spend over forty years in my chosen profession. In that time, I've been involved in some key changes, not least solicitors' rights to appear as advocates in the higher courts, and of course developing the SRA as chair.

"Looking ahead, it is, I think, the widening of access through the introduction of apprenticeships that gives me real confidence in the future of our profession."

Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, said: "This welcome recognition of Charles' enormous contribution to the profession is very well deserved. We at the SRA have benefitted in many ways from Charles' time with us, not only through his excellent leadership, direction and expertise, but also through the role model he has provided.

"I know that all past and current Board members and staff will join with me in offering Charles our warmest congratulations."

Previous winners include Dame Janet Gaymer QC, Tony Angel, Guy Beringer QC, Stuart Popham, Francis Neate and Dorothy Livingston. Charles Plant steps down as Chair of the SRA Board on 31 December, with Enid Rowlands taking his place.

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