Dame Janet Paraskeva, a former chief executive of the Law Society, is to be the next chair of the licensed conveyancers’ regulator, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers announced today.

The appointment follows the stepping down of Anna Bradley after five years leading the organisation.

Dame Janet, 68, was chief executive of the Law Society from 2000 to 2006, preparing it for the advent of the Legal Services Act 2007.

She has since served as First Civil Service Commissioner, been an independent member of the Consumer Council for Water, a non-executive director of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, chair of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and is currently chair of the Appointments Commission for the States of Jersey.  

Interim chair Jan Smith said that Dame Janet’s experience of the legal sector, consumer affairs and Whitehall 'will be of immense value… as will her experience of management and of non-executive roles in very high-profile organisations’.

The regulator said the remuneration for the role is £24,000 with an expectation of a time commitment of 36 days per annum. 

According to its 2015 Business Plan, the council intends to carry out 'a fundamental review of regulatory arrangements' by 2016.