Desmond Hudson graduated in law from the University of Leeds in 1977. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and worked in private practice until 1987. During that time he became a partner in a major provincial law firm in the north west of England, specialising in crime and child protection work.
In 1987 Desmond joined the Yorkshire Building Society as an assistant solicitor and held a number of positions becoming Director of the Society during five years there.
Desmond joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in September 2004 as chief executive designate, subsequently becoming chief executive.
On 4 September 2006 Desmond took up the position of chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales.
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