The Law Society exists to represent, promote and support all solicitors, so they in turn can help their clients.
We also work to ensure that no-one is above the law and to protect everyone's right to have access to justice. We promote England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice and the vital role legal services play in our economy.
We work internationally to open up markets to our members and to defend human rights while supporting our members with opportunities in the domestic market.
Solicitors pay their annual practising certificate fee to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Law Society receives around 30 per cent of this fee to support, represent and promote the profession.
Our other funding comes from commercial activities.
The Law Society Council governs our work, with Council members elected to represent members from England and Wales, including different demographic groups and parts of the profession.
We harness the knowledge of our Council members and around 300 volunteer board and committee members to deliver the advice, support and services our members want.
And we continually listen and respond to our members, so we can be sure we are meeting their needs.
The Law Society helps our current and future members by:
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Everything we do is driven by our values which are to be member focused, to always act with respect and to work collaboratively.
We are committed to demonstrating these values in our day-to-day decision making, through our behaviour and through how we measure success.
Staff at the Law Society are here to make sure that solicitors across England and Wales are represented effectively. We have offices in London, Brussels and Wales covering everything from legal policy, communications, products and services, and business development, to those dealing with our relationship with the government, parliament and overseas bars.
We have a network of relationship managers based throughout England and Wales. The team has specific responsibility for making sure that members have access to all Law Society news, products and services, regardless of where members are based.
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Our products and services meet the needs of the modern legal profession and we focus on making sure that solicitors have the right tools to deliver world-class legal services.
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The Practice Advice Service provides a dedicated support line for Law Society members and employees of law firms. Call us on 020 7320 5675.