I had lunch today with one of the leading lights in social justice in the UK. It's a perk of the job. I'm very lucky.
We put the world to rights on a number of matters and then turned to the effectiveness or otherwise of local law societies. It's a mixed bag. The City of London Law Society is first rate, as is Bristol. But Manchester? My host expressed his surprise at what he saw as a paucity of service in England's second city.
I don't have enough information to hand to comment on Manchester Law Society's fitness for purpose - for all I know it's a shining beacon to the rest of the country. And I have never met its CEO, Fran Eccles-Bech.
But I did write to her a little while ago and I got this response.
Would any of us survive in our jobs for more than a week if emails to us were greeted with "I am very important and busy, I don't have to abide by the same rules as anyone else in the business world, and if you don't have my direct line you can whistle for it
||Fran Eccles-Bech. Listens to her inner ninja.
If Manchester Law Society really is punching below its weight I can't say I'm surprised.