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I. Stephanie Boyce shares the persevering mindset that has her set to become The Law Society’s first black president

About This Episode

“I’ve practiced the law, I’ve practically perfected it. I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it.” Words from the musical ‘Hamilton’, but they could well be used to describe our guest today, Stephanie Boyce – someone who has spoken about the strong sense of justice that inspired her to study law. Stephanie is the Vice President of The Law Society of England & Wales and in October 2021, is set to become its President – only the sixth woman and the first black person, or indeed first person from any ethnic minority background, to hold the post in its almost 200 year history. Her family say they came to the UK from the Caribbean in search of faith, hope and opportunity, and in this episode Stephanie talks about how they inspired her, her experiences growing up in both the US and the UK, and the perseverance that has taken her to the very top of her profession.

I. Stephanie Boyce, Vice President, The Law Society

I. Stephanie Boyce is a solicitor, an experienced general counsel and governance expert. Stephanie has worked in-house at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She currently sits on the Law Society of England and Wales Council holding one of the seats from the Women Lawyers Division and is a Fellow of the the Chartered Governance Institute, formerly ICSA. Stephanie was elected as deputy vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional body for solicitors in 2019. She is currently the Vice President and in October 2021 she will become the 177th, the sixth female and the first black, the first ethnic minority to become president of the Law Society.

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What is a book that changed your life?

There have been many books and authors that have had a profound effect on me, most notably and recently The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I have a strong sense of justice and I was inspired to study law because of the injustices I saw unfolding around the world at that time.

The rule of law – which has come into focus in recent weeks because of clauses in the government’s Internal Market Bill, which break international law – has an impact on citizens and their right to self-determination, is important to me. 

The Law Society’s role as a guardian of the rule of law, means we have an important responsibility to ensure access to justice is available to all. 

I am inspired in a myriad of ways by Mahatma Gandhi – a great lawyer who inspired civil rights movements across the world.

He also demonstrated what forgiveness looks like – he walked with faith and not by sight. In addition, the man who took a long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela, to the man who had a dream, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, to the lady who saw beauty in everyone, Mother Teresa. We are all benefactors of their work.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

“You’re on mute!”

What is your best tip for life?

Every door is open if you PUSH, Persevere Until Something Happens.

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Hope- Faith Evans and Twista

Have a Little Faith – Nicky Thomas

Heal It – This was sent to me at the height of the pandemic and I couldn’t listen to it without crying.

Giant – Calvin Harris ft Rag n Bone Man. This has been my ringtone since I was elected as deputy Vice President of the Law Society.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley.

 

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