Veteran Law Society Council member Peter Lo Chi-lik yesterday was elected president of the solicitors' body after incumbent Michael Lintern-Smith decided not to seek a second term. As chairman of the society's constitutional affairs committee, Mr Lo has represented its views on some of the most controversial legal issues of the past few years, including the proposed national security laws in Article 23 of the Basic Law and the method of election for the chief executive. The Law Society criticised the security legislation proposed in 2002, sayings its scope was too broad. The proposal was shelved in September 2003. Mr Lo, who has been on the Law Society Council for six years and served as a vice-president under Mr Lintern-Smith, said yesterday the most important objective in his mind was the promotion of legal services. The Law Society plans to set up a website to give the public easy access to information about how to find a solicitor for a particular case. 'We have two roles, as a trade union and as a regulatory body,' Mr Lo said. 'As an organisation of lawyers, we also do have a role in the community to, where appropriate, offer our views on matters of public importance.' Mr Lintern-Smith informed council members on Thursday that he would not run for a second term. He said Mr Lo would 'make an excellent successor'. Lester Huang and Huen Wong remain vice-presidents of the society until next week, when members will vote for vice-presidents to serve under Mr Lo.