Since his appointment in 2004, David has played a key role in restructuring the Bar Council’s activities during a period of change driven by the Legal Services Act 2007; and in the development of the Bar Standards Board.

He has also been a Director of Queen’s Counsel Appointments, the joint Bar Council/Law Society company that manages the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel, since its formation in 2005.

Commenting on the announcement, the Chairman of the Bar Council, Peter Lodder QC, said: “David Hobart’s departure will be a great loss. He has made an immense contribution to the stability and success of the Bar Council over what has been a very challenging period, particularly following the implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007. We wish him well in his new appointment and want to take the opportunity to thank him for the huge commitment he has brought to the role over the past seven years”.

David’s new role will be the Chief Executive of the City of London Law Society.