Former Chair of the SRA board (2006-2009)
Peter Williamson was admitted as a solicitor in 1972, and in 1986 became managing partner of then City law firm Turner Kenneth Brown. He was Senior Litigation Partner of Dawsons solicitors from 1991 to 1998, and was a consultant to the firm until 2007.
Peter was a member of the Law Society's Council from 1992 until 2005. He has had major involvement in a number of significant regulatory issues. As chairman of the Solicitors' Indemnity Fund from 1997 to 2002, he played a leading role in the long and important debate about the arrangements for professional indemnity insurance and was a member of the Law Society's Indemnity Insurance Committee. He was a member of the Legal Practice Course Board from 1993 to 2005, and was chairman of the Common Professional Examination Board from 1998 to 2002.
He became deputy vice-president of the Law Society in 2001, and vice-president and chair of the Society's Main Board in 2002. As president of the Society from July 2003 to July 2004, he played a leading part in the development of the Society's response to Sir David Clementi's Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales and in the Council's decision to create much greater separation between the Law Society's regulatory and representative functions.
Peter served as a deputy district judge from 1995 to 2001, as an assistant recorder from 1996 to 2000 and as a recorder from 2000 to 2008.