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General election 2017: what you can do locally to support our priorities for law and justice

25 May 2017

We have identified our priorities for the next government in our Vision for Law and Justice. It is important that you get involved. Here's what you can do to support us at a local level.

Over the past few weeks we have engaged with the manifesto writers of each political party to represent and promote the profession’s priorities for the new government to ensure that:

  • legal certainty is maintained in light of Brexit
  • every individual has effective access to justice
  • human rights are safeguarded in business and modern slavery is combated

We have been successful and we need your help to ensure that these priorities are at the top of the political agenda. 

The legal services sector is a success story in terms of our economic contribution and export value. Brexit will lead to opportunities and challenges for legal services and the clients we serve, so it is vital that candidates understand the complexity of withdrawing from the EU and its repercussion on them. 

Until the day of the election, candidates will be speaking to voters in their constituency hoping to convince them that their party deserves to win. It is important that you engage with them:

MPs are sensitive to the opinions of their constituents and will always give priority to their requests and concerns. This is why it is important that you promote law and justice issues with your MPs. You will find that they are often willing to raise an issue in parliament or to write to a minister on your behalf. We have a dedicated public affairs team that can assist you if you have any questions or need more information. 

As a member of the profession, your involvement is key to make sure that access to justice and the standing of our profession are high on your MP's agenda. 

To keep up to date with what we are doing and how you can help, visit our General Election page. 


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Robert Bourns is the 172nd president of the Law Society. He is a senior partner at TLT Solicitors, where he specialises in employment law. Robert is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee, and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Board Regulatory Processes Committee.
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