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About the executive committee

An executive committee is responsible for developing the future strategy of the Section and enhancing services already offered to members. Committee members and their brief biographies are below.

Property Section executive committee minutes and agendas are available on the Corporate Business section of the Law Society website.

Christopher Bean is a partner and head of residential conveyancing services at Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, a Legal 500 firm, based in East Sussex on the South Coast. Christopher sits on the firms board of management. He is a member of the Direct Conveyancing Association and an affiliate member of the E-Homebuying Forum. He is the immediate past president of the Eastbourne Law Society.

Roger Buston is a sole practitioner based at Asher Prior Bates in Colchester, Essex, a Lexcel- and IIP-accredited practice, and specialises in conveyancing. He has practised as a property solicitor for 35 years. He is the member of the Law Society Council for Suffolk and North Essex.

Denis Cameron is former chair of the Law Society's Conveyancing and Land Law Committee and a member of the Law Society’s Council, E-conveyancing Task Force, Electronic Law Committee and Lexcel Assessment Panel.

Simon David is the managing partner of Thomas Legal Group, a specialist conveyancing firm with a presence in both Gloucestershire and London. Simon was previously a partner in a large regional firm based in Cheltenham, and now manages one of the largest property teams in the area. He is also a member of the Conveyancing Association.

Maria Elliot is an associate at Osbornes Solicitors LLP based in North London. She specialises in residential property law and various other areas of private client practice. She is also a member of the Association of Women Solicitors.

Michael Garson is a partner at Kagan Moss and Co, a London-based private client practice. He is past chair of the Property Section executive committee, a Law Society Council member for Central Middlesex, and chair of the Society's regulatory affairs board. He writes and lectures widely on  property, regulatory matters and business models for solicitors.

Nick Gurney-Champion is head of the property team at Gurney-Champion & Co, a general high street firm with offices in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. He specialises in residential and commercial property law and various other areas of general legal practice. He is the Law Society Council member for residential conveyancing and a member of the Law Society's conveyancing and land law Ccmmittee.

Myfanwy McDonagh is a partner and head of residential property at Furley Page LLP, a Legal 500 firm based in East Kent, with offices in Canterbury, Whitstable and Thames Gateway. She is a member of the Kent Law Society. Prior to 1997, Myfanwy specialised in family law, practising in London and in Hong Kong, where she served on the Family Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society, and was a co-author of the Hong Kong Legal Practice Manual in Family Law.

Peter Rodd (Chair) is senior conveyancing partner at 12-partner, high street practice Boys and Maughan in Margate, Kent. He is also a member of the Law Society's E-conveyancing Taskforce and Anti-Money Laundering Taskforce. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners and past president and current secretary of the Isle of Thanet Law Society.

Ian White was managing partner and head of property at Knight and Sons law firm in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire and specialised in all aspects of landlord and tenant and general commercial property law. He is the immediate past President of the North Staffordshire Law Society and co-editor of Ross: Commercial Leases (LexisNexis Butterworths).

Our mission statement

The purpose of the Property Section is to be the key player in:

  • Understanding the property market
  • Anticipating trends
  • Finding solutions for the profession in vision, leadership and training