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Met Police legal chief set to retire

13th June 2012

The Metropolitan Police Service is beginning its search for a new director of legal services as current chief Edward Solomons prepares for his upcoming retirement.

Solomons is due to leave his post on the 3rd July, having enjoyed a good success record at the helm since taking on the role in 2006. He joined the UK’s biggest police force after enjoying a senior position at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department for 15 years.

As well as overseeing an important recent review of the Metropolitan Police’s legal roster, which ended with nine firms losing their places, Solomons also played a major part in defending the conduct of his employers during a number of incendiary cases. These included actions brought by the representatives of the families of Princess Diana, Stephen Lawrence and Jean Charles de Menezes.

The Met’s next law recruitment assignment will need to be completed sooner rather than later, with the force currently facing a number of high-profile challenges.