John P Shaw was elected President of the Law Society of Ireland for the year 2013/14, with effect from Friday, 8th November 2013. John is a partner in the law firm Michael Houlihan & Partners.
His term as president of the 14,000-strong solicitors’ profession lasts for one year until November 2014.
Commenting on his election, he stated: “During my term in office, I will oversee the implementation of many of the recommendations of the Future of the Law Society Task Force Report. This will include improvements in how the Society represents its members.”
“Of course, the Society will continue to uphold the profession’s core values namely: honesty, integrity, independence, confidentiality and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.”
John is a native of Dundalk, Co Louth, and is the son of Austin and Kathleen Shaw. He comes from a family of eight siblings. Married to Mary Nolan, they have three daughters, Hannah, Ellen and Julie.
He was educated in the CBS primary and secondary schools in Dundalk. He graduated with a BCL law degree from University College Dublin. Apprenticed to Pearts, John qualified as a solicitor at Blackhall Place, Dublin, in 1984. Since then, he has practised in Ennis, Co Clare, where he is County Solicitor to Clare County Council.
John became a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland in 1998. He has served on many of the Society’s most senior committees, including the Regulation of Practice Committee, the Complaints and Client Relations Committee, the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee and the Finance Committee.
He is the current Chairman of the Future of the Law Society Task Force, which issued its report this year, and which will significantly determine the future direction of the Society in the years ahead.