The Law Society has announced that the current NHS Litigation Authority Chief Executive will take up the same role with them and replace Desmond Hudson in the upcoming months.
Catherine Dickson will make the move over to the Law Society in the next few months, after she has complete her notice period in her coming role, where she currently oversees claims against the NHS in England.
Dickson took the role as NHSLA Chief Executive in 2012 and over the past year she has been responsible for a £75million spend on lawyers and over £1billion of compensation being paid out.
Discussing her new job she said: “I am excited and feel very honoured to be joining the Law Society. I am committed to ensuring that the Law Society has a strong voice for all our members. I want to help the organisation represent, promote and support the profession across the spectrum of practice, speaking up fro them and creating an environment in which the entire profession can flourish.”
Before she began working for the NHSLA, Dixon worked for the NSPCC as general counsel and company secretary and before that for BUPA as head of legal and then commercial director respectively.
She has studied law at University, doing her Law Society finals in York and is also an accredited member of the PDSA.
Talking about her appointment, the President of the Law Society, Andrew Caplen, expressed his delight, stating: “I am delighted we have someone with Catherine’s track record in the profession to help the organisation move forward. I very much look forward to working with her.”
He also took the time to acknowledge the work of the outgoing Chief Executive, Desmond Hudson, who is retiring and the end of the month, saying: “On behalf of Council, I would like tot hank Des for his tireless commitment to the organisation and the profession for the last eight years. We all wish him well for his retirement.”