Joint Solicitors

Also an honorary role, the Joint Solicitors are appointed by the Confederation, rather than the Lord Warden.
For many years it has been customary for the Registrar to be one of the Joint Solicitors and for the other to be the town clerk or chief legal officer of one of the member towns.

In addition to keeping a watching brief on legislative proposals etc., to protect the interests of the Cinque Ports, the Joint Solicitors look after the day-to-day administration of the Confederation and its finances.

Since 2013 Christine Barkshire-Jones, Solicitor to Hastings Borough Council, has served as Joint Solicitor alongside Ian Russell, who was first appointed to this role in 1991.