• Jonathan sets out his priorities for the year

    Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wishes to use his presidential year to highlight the work of the Law Society and the English and Welsh legal profession in three broad areas:

    • the rule of law
    • access to justice
    • conveyancing and land law

    Read the full presidential year plan for 2015/16 (PDF 100kb)
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    Championing the role of the profession in protecting the rule of law

    Our profession is integral to British business. During my year I will promote the strength and importance that our legal institutions have to economic growth and the stability of the United Kingdom.

    Protecting fairness and highlighting the importance of access to justice

    I will continue to make the case, to the government, to the courts and through the media that we need a properly funded justice system and that to deliver this there must be a return of funding in some areas.

    Solicitors' expertise in conveyancing and land law

    I want to ensure that the Law Society is able to have a meaningful influence on the discussions on property and land law, as well as foster closer relations between the Law Society and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Cabinet Office, the Welsh government and assembly, and other decision makers.