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Our strategy

  • Our vision

    We want to be valued and trusted as a vital partner to represent, promote and support solicitors while upholding the rule of law, legal independence, ethical values, and the principle of justice for all.

    Delivering our strategy

    Whether you are working in a high street practice, a commercial regional or City firm, an alternative business structure or in-house for a private, public or charitable organisation, the Law Society exists to support you throughout your career.

    We represent, promote and support solicitors; publicising their unique role in providing legal advice, ensuring justice for all and upholding the rule of law.

    To do this as well as we can for a rapidly evolving profession, we know that the Law Society also has to evolve and change. Our commitment to put members at the heart of what we do is the basis for our new strategy.

    We developed this strategy from listening to our members across England and Wales, and across all parts of the profession. Our focus on our members will run through everything we do and will drive and inform our activities for the next three years.

    Our three-year plan 2016-2019

    We have also published a three-year plan which sets out what we will do to deliver our strategy so our members can see how we can help them in an ever-changing competitive environment, whether they work in firms, in-house or as sole practitioners.

    Video: introduction to our strategy

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  • So what difference will it make?

    We know our membership is incredibly diverse, from the range of areas of law you work in to your career stage. We know the profession is changing too, whether you work in England or Wales, overseas, in-house, for a firm or for yourself.

    This means that one size does not fit all and we have to offer a range of services to meet our members' needs. Our strategy will help us focus on what you have told us is important and we will report on our activities and keep listening to ensure we remain relevant and meet your needs whenever we can.

    Soon we will publish our report 'The Future of Legal Services'. This is our horizon scan of the issues impacting on our profession in the coming years. We hope that the report will help you consider and prepare for the future.

    We want to know more about our members so that we can support you better.

    In the new year, we will be launching 'My Law Society' and asking you to give us more information about your career stage and interests so that we can further tailor the information you get from us. Once registered, your 'My Law Society' home page will give you the latest information from the Law Society and the Gazette based on your profile.

    Our Find A Solicitor service already helps you promote your services to potential clients and peers. Over 38,000 people use the site each month. Registering with 'My Law Society' will give you the ability to add more detail to your Find a Solicitor profile to help you differentiate your services.

    This is just the beginning. We are committed to representing, promoting and supporting solicitors and achieving our vision. If you require further updates about our services or for help about your practice, please call 020 7242 1222.

    How we have developed our strategy

    Members have directly contributed to the development of this strategy, alongside many other experts and opinion formers both within and beyond the legal profession.

    Members had the opportunity to take part and learn about how and why the Law Society is changing to better support the profession and achieve our vision for 2020.

    We began having conversations with our members in spring 2015.

    We engaged members in a range of ways, from meetings across England and Wales to roundtables and one-to-one interviews.

    We held meetings with committee, section and division chairs. And we encouraged further debate and discussion with even more members through dedicated Twitter hours, using the hashtag #lawsociety2020, and through LinkedIn and our website.

  • Our aims and what we will deliver:

    Represent solicitors

    We represent solicitors by speaking out for justice and on legal issues.

    Promote solicitors

    We promote the value of using a solicitor at home and abroad.

    Support solicitors

    We support solicitors to develop their expertise and their businesses, irrespective of whether they work for themselves, in-house or for a law firm.

  • Give us your feedback

    You can email us your comments on our new strategy and three-year plan or you can leave feedback below: