Access to justice is on the verge of a crisis. We will be focusing on three core goals, and need the help of our members to achieve them.
We have been working hard to respond to a series of unwelcome and often confusing changes to lender panel membership.
Lord Justice Jackson has recommended sweeping changes to litigation funding and solicitors' costs. We believe the proposals will reduce access to justice, increase costs to business and result in a windfall for insurers.
The Law Society continues to oppose legal aid cuts. Our priority is to continue to influence the Ministry of Justice in our members' interests.
The Law Society is working to improve the current education and training system for those seeking to enter the profession and those within the profession undertaking CPD and other learning activities.
Whoever you are, wherever you are from, however much, or little you earn - you deserve access to legal advice and the justice system.
The Law Society is committed to assisting solicitors in protecting themselves and their firms from being exploited.
We aim to create a stable and competitive insurance market to ensure affordable and accessible insurance for the entire profession.
The future of the UK's relationship with the rest of the EU is a hot topic. The Law Society is contributing to the debate.
Our public campaign aimed at attracting new clients to six areas of law: conveyancing, wills and probate, family law, criminal law, business law and personal injury.
FCA announces disciplinary action taken against five individuals and three insurance firms in connection with solicitors' PII schemes.
The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) opens for applications today, 3 February.
Law Society response to a speech by Lord Justice Jackson calling for the extension of fixed recoverable costs to apply to all claims valued up to £250,000.
The Law Society welcomes the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) decision to abandon plans for the two-tier criminal legal aid contracting regime.
Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wrote to The Times, regarding the lord chief justice's report on increased civil court costs and the impact of LASPO.
The Law Society has responded to the news that David Cameron has ordered ministers to take action to clamp down on lawyers pursuing claims against veterans.
This practice note aims to clarify the position relating to the management of unclaimed client funds, and provides an overview of the requirements imposed upon firms under the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 (SAR).
Law Society called on LAA and MoJ to issue an urgent public statement to provide certainty for all involved in the legal aid duty contract procurement process.
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
As we prepare for the holiday, thoughts turn to those who will be working over Christmas in the service of others.
The Law Society has welcomed the government's decision to keep the maximum fee cap in money claims at £10,000.
The Ministry of Justice has laid regulations postponing the restructuring of criminal legal aid fees until 1 April 2016.
The Legal Aid Agency has announced its intention to mandate the CRM14 eForm from 1 May 2016.
Rollout at all Crown court sites will take place from 5 January 2016.
The Law Society has again called for explicit statutory protection for legal professional privilege in its evidence to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee.
Social mobility and the global competitiveness of UK law could be damaged by the removal of current approved routes to qualifying as a solicitor.
The Law Society has responded to the draft code of practice on the Mental Health Act 1983 for Welsh Ministers.
The Law Society is strongly opposed to a suggestion that instructing an in-house advocate represents a conflict of interest.
Clients should be able to choose which lawyer they want to represent them in court, the Law Society said today.
The Law Society has criticised a government plan to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000.
The Legal Aid Agency has announced details of the own-client contract arrangements from January 2016.
The Court of Appeal held that the lord chancellor did have power under LASPO to introduce the test.
The Law Society has provided the Justice Committee (the Committee) with evidence in response to its inquiry into courts and tribunals fees and charges.
The Law Society is calling on members to oppose any restriction on the use of in-house advocates.
The president has written to the Justice Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.
The Law Society has published a map highlighting where legal aid contracts are subject to legal challenge.
The Metropolitan Police are distributing posters to businesses with information on how to avoid and report fraud attempts.
The Law Society has called on the Legal Aid Agency to urgently address the widespread concerns about the procurement process.
An email survey from an organisation called 'Solicitors Member Support' is not authorised or administered by the Law Society.
The LAA has pushed back the date it plans to enter into new solicitor duty contracts to 2 November. Read our updated advice.
The Law Society has emphasised the need for the Legal Aid Agency to address the concerns about the contract procurement process.
The LAA has provided some additional information on what firms can expect when the tender notifications start to be issued on 15 October.
Our consultation response reflects solicitors' views on the likely adverse impact of the proposed closures.
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
The Law Society welcomes the Ministry of Justice's review of the impact of Employment Tribunal fees.
The outcome of the criminal legal aid duty provider tender will be delayed until 15 October.
The Law Society has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee reviewing the implementation of the Equality Act in relation to disability.
The Law Society has prepared potential remedies for criminal firms should they be unsuccessful in relation to all or part of their duty provider tender.
Letter to The Independent on extortionate fees and debt collection.
The Law Society has set out its concerns about the proposed increases in court and tribunal fees.
Court fee increases have failed to deliver any tangible improvements in the court service or helped to protect access to justice.
Letter to The Independent on criminal court charges.
Find out how you can lobby your MP over government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals. Our campaigner pack includes a template letter.
This practice note outlines the regulatory and legal requirements that apply when a firm's client account has fallen victim to scammers.
Land Registry will treat simple and complex postponements in the same way and accept either a letter or deed when a charge is registered.
How will government proposals to close 91 courts affect you and your clients? View our interactive map.
Family lawyer Rebecca Stevens has demonstrated exceptional commitment to her client and publicly funded work, even making national media headlines in November 2014.
Weil has a goal of having all lawyers at the firm perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year.
On 31 July, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech on access to justice at the ABA Conference in Chicago.
Employment tribunal cases have fallen by over 60 per cent since substantial charges were introduced for people wishing to bring a case against an employer.
The Law Society runs regular public-facing campaigns to promote the legal profession to consumers of legal services.
We have many social media channels for our varied audiences.
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