Des Hudson

Senior Associate

Des Hudson is the former chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, having held the post from 2006 to autumn 2014.

Des is a qualified solicitor graduated in law from the University of Leeds.  He worked in private practice as a solicitor until 1987 when he moved into the commercial sector as an in-house lawyer.

Prior to retirement from the Law Society, Des held a number of NED and charitable roles including Queens Counsel Appointments Ltd, the National Pro Bono Centre, Legal Advisory Board of Wesleyan Assurance and a Housing Association

Since 2014 Des has taken up a number of non-executive positions including chair of the Taxation Disciplinary Board, Chair of Regulation for the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and Chair of Legal Practice Technology – a technology start up building a web-based portal for the transfer of residential property in England & Wales.

All Senior Associates are members of our Independent Review Service team.


Our Services and Solutions

Verita Consultancy Limited is a leading independent serious investigations consultancy for regulated organisations. Based in London and Leeds we specialise in carrying out objective investigations of complex and often sensitive issues in a thorough and progressive manner.

We provide organisations with specialist support and advise them on challenging operational and strategic issues in order to help them evolve and improve. At Verita, we are known for our thoroughness and commitment to producing evidence-based reports and advice that not only withstand rigorous challenge but provide insight and a clear path to resolution or improvement.

Our approach is measured, appropriate and acutely focused on finding solutions. Our approach saves our clients time and money by getting it right the first time.


Areas that we cover include:

Serious incidents

Compliance concerns

Complaint handling

Governance issues

Reviews and inquiries



Quality assessment

Consultancy services

Diagnostic tools

Independent review service

Root cause analysis training