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National tragedies, local response

07 November 2017

In 2017 the country has been struck by a series of tragedies. A number of terrorist attacks were followed by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. The whole country was united in sympathy for those affected by these events, and wanted to do something to help. The legal community was no different.

#Collaboration for CoLin: online courts hackathon for Law Society and Wavelength Law

17 July 2017

This packed out room was the start of a 24 hour sprint, trying to find an innovative, tech based solution to many of the challenges faced when trying to modernise our courts system and increase access to justice. 

General election 2017: new lord chancellor and results analysis

13 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled a number of Cabinet posts, including the lord chancellor, and her two most senior advisors – Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – have resigned.

Making the legal system accessible to all - the Law Society’s vision for law and justice

18 May 2017

Along with priorities for the rule of law and Brexit, access to justice represents the third pillar of our Vision for Law and Justice we launched on 5 May.

The Law Society’s vision for law and justice – maintaining legal certainty through Brexit

28 April 2017

With the country going to the polls on 8 June, the Law Society has established our priorities for the next Government on law and justice. We will be releasing a full vision for law and justice next week. One of the priorities will be maintaining legal certainty for Brexit.

Brexit Motions and EU Human Rights

10 April 2017

The House of Commons and House of Lords are both on recess. The House of Commons will return on Tuesday 18 April. The House of Lords will return on Monday 24 April.

How to fundraise for a Legal Walk: 6 top tips

04 April 2017

Legal Walks happen through the year and throughout the country. The London Legal Walk is only 6 weeks away. Have you got your team in place and began your fundraising? If not, now’s the time. Bob Nightingale offers his top tips.

Article 50 is triggered and the Law Society gave evidence to Prisons and Courts Bill

03 April 2017

This week the House of Commons will begin its Easter recess and will return on Monday 18 April. The House of Lords will continue to sit with a number of motions on Brexit and evidence sessions on co-operation with the EU on criminal justice and security.

Second Reading debate of the Prisons and Courts Bill and its implications for access to justice

20 March 2017

This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.

Brexit white paper published and Justice Select Committee hearing on soft tissue claims

07 February 2017

Alexandra Cardenas looks at the progression of the Brexit bill and the government’s consultation on soft tissue injury claims.

More detail on Brexit and LASPO review announced

23 January 2017

The prime minister rules out continued membership of the single market, the LASPO Post-Implementation Review is announced and the Law Society anticipates the Supreme Court judgement on Article 50.

Law Society gives evidence on Brexit and MPs discuss access to justice

17 January 2017

Alexandra Cardenas discusses Brexit, briefing parliamentarians and the Law Society's work on small claims.

A look at 2017: Access to justice

05 January 2017

In the first in a series on the key issues concerning solicitors in 2017, Robert Bourns looks at threats to access to justice.

UK's withdrawal from the EU, and legal aid deserts

28 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the latest Brexit developments and looks at legal aid for housing.

Conservative Party Conference

07 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Conservative Party Conference.

SRA Handbook proposals - a blueprint for a splintered profession?

15 September 2016

Jayne Willetts outlines concerns about the SRA's consultation on proposals which may deregulate the legal market. 

Business and human rights

08 August 2016

Robert Bourns discusses modern slavery and how law firms can advise clients on human rights.

‘Two-tier’ legal profession danger

28 July 2016

Robert Bourns discusses how changes to the SRA Handbook would dilute client protections.

New beginnings: Pride in the profession

14 July 2016

Robert Bourns reflects on the start of his presidency, and discusses our new Pride in the profession campaign. 

Brexit: a traumatic and turbulent week

01 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers how and when the next prime minister will start the official proceedings of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and reports on the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. 

President's farewell blog

30 June 2016

In the last video of the president's blog series, Jonathan Smithers shares the successes of the past 12 months. Hear about the steps that were taken with the criminal courts charges, the Law Society's exploration of technology across the profession and watch the short tribute compilation of his highlights.

Brexit: a shift in policy?

29 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.

London Legal Walk: supporting access to justice

27 April 2016

Bob Nightingale explains how London’s solicitors are helping the poorest and most vulnerable people in the region.

Frictions over legal aid

22 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the legal aid residence test and the judicial review challenge to domestic violence evidence requirements.

Labour launches access to justice commission

22 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers Labour's latest initiative and outlines the details of a Westminster Hall debate on access to justice for vulnerable people.

President's video blog: December 2015

18 December 2015

Jonathan Smithers sees in the holiday period by discussing International Human Rights Day, the successful reversal of the criminal court charges and the regulation of legal services review by HM Treasury.See how you can get involved and hear about the latest developments.

Issues around the EU Referendum Bill

11 December 2015

Richard Messingham discusses the government's problems around the EU Referendum Bill, and also provides a summary of the activity on International Human Rights Day.

President's video blog: November 2015

26 November 2015

Jonathan Smithers shares how you can find out more about how we will be representing, promoting and supporting members following the launch of our new strategy.He also talks about the latest updates on the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors, criminal legal aid duty contracts and the justice committee's report on the criminal courts charge.

Reflections on the Magna Carta exhibition

11 November 2015

Sarah Austin reflects on her background and discusses her contribution to the Supreme Court's Magna Carta exhibition.

President's video blog: October 2015

29 October 2015

Jonathan Smithers reflects on his first 100 days and the annual Law Society Excellence Awards that took place on 22 October. He also discusses problems with criminal legal aid contracts.Looking forward to the month ahead, he talks about the impact that solicitors’ pro bono work has, as National Pro Bono Week takes place during the first week of November.

President's video blog: August 2015

27 August 2015

In the second instalment of the president's video blog, Jonathan Smithers discusses our action in response to the latest government proposals to increase court fees and close 91 courts and tribunals.He talks about how our interactive map has been received by the media and how it’s helping us form our consultation response. Jonathan also shares his feedback on international conferences with law societies and bar associations in the US and Canada.

President's video blog: July 2015

23 July 2015

In this video, the president discusses mass data retention legislation, proposals to change the way solicitors qualify, the UK-China law programme, court closures and criminal legal aid.

The year ahead

09 July 2015

It is both an honour and privilege to become the 171st president of the Law Society of England and Wales. There is a tradition for each president to present to the Law Society’s Council a ‘Presidential Plan’, setting out my priorities for next year. You can see my plan on the website, so please take a look if you have a moment. There are three main areas which will be the focus of my presidency: the rule of law, access to justice and conveyancing and land law.

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