The Law Society of Ireland has appointed Ballina man Mark Garrett as their new Director General.

He will commence the role on the 3rd of January next year after his appointment was approved by the Law Society Council at a meeting today.

Mr Garrett has extensive experience in leadership and management both in the public and private sectors.

He has previously worked for the Competition Authority, as Chief of Staff to An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and in private sector organisations including McKinsey, Glanbia and Teneo.

He was educated in St Muredach’s College in Ballina, at University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology and King’s College London.

President of the Law Society, James Cahill said, “Building on the outstanding work done to date, Mark will bring significant experience at a critical juncture in the Law Society’s history as we enter a new era.”

Speaking on his appointment as Director General, Mark Garrett said, "It is an honour to be appointed to this leadership role with the Law Society which has a long and proud history of serving, representing and supporting the legal profession and the public.

Concluding he said “I look forward to helping the Law Society and the legal profession navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."