Jonathan Smithers (pictured) has served on the executive of the Law Society of England and Wales since 2013, and will conclude his current term as president in July.
He will replace the current CEO of the Law Council of Australia, Michael Brett-Young, in September.
Law Council of Australia president Stuart Clark AM said Mr Smithers will bring a wealth of talent and experience to the role.
"Jonathan has established a reputation throughout his career as being both courageous and strategically sound. We know he enjoys taking on a challenge and there are always a number to tackle on behalf of the Australian legal profession," Mr Clark said.
"We believe his insight and ability will be a real asset across our full gamut of work, whether that’s campaigning for adequate legal aid funding, developing opportunities for lawyers in foreign markets, or reducing the regulatory burden on legal professionals."
Mr Smithers said that while he thought long and hard about moving to Australia, the lure of a fresh set of issues to tackle was an opportunity too good to ignore.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the strategic challenges and delivery aspects of my current role as president of the Law Society of England and Wales, and I’m thrilled to have secured a new position that offers another chance to use the skills and experience I have gained," Mr Smithers said.
"The Law Council of Australia is a vital organisation with an excellent international reputation. I’m very much looking forward to rolling up my sleeves."
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