The public affairs team is at the heart of the Law Society's work influencing government, parliament and key stakeholders in the UK.
By harnessing the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of the legal profession, the Society seeks to provide leadership in the development of public policy solutions to challenges facing the legal services sector.
As the Society is a professional body governed by a royal charter, our work engaging with government and parliament is underpinned by our duty to act in the public interest. For this reason, the team works closely with the Society's members to assist policymakers when considering changes to the law or making new laws.
The team also undertakes activity to promote the interests of the solicitors' profession, and seeks support among government members and parliamentarians for the fundamental legal principles of access to justice and the rule of law.
We welcome the news that the CMA is not planning to recommend a formal market investigation into the legal sector.
We have responded to the CMA's interim report into legal services.
We condemn the killing of Bilal Anwar Kasi and other members of the legal profession in Pakistan.
The Law Society is consulting with stakeholders to prepare its response on the small claims limit.
The LSB has announced that it will be conducting research to assess the risks for clients if firms switch regulator.
On 26 July, Jonathan Smithers delivered the valedictorian address on behalf of the Law Society to the outgoing master of the rolls, Lord Dyson.
Fair competition between solicitors' firms and ABS benefits clients and is in the public interest.
We are participating in Honorary QC appointments by nominating by our members.
Judicial diversity figures for 2016 released are a case of ‘some progress but must try harder’.
Law Society cautiously welcomes proposals for an online court, made in a comprehensive review of the structure of the civil courts in England and Wales.
Families across England and Wales are denied state-funded advice on housing issues because of 'legal aid deserts' which emerged due to drastic government cuts.
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.
We have responded to the Law Commission’s consultation entitled Updating the Land Registration Act 2002.
The Law Society has responded to the lord chief justice's consultation the duty of candour in judicial review proceedings.
On 21 July, president of the Law Society Robert Bourns delivered a speech at the lord chancellor's swearing in ceremony.
The outcome of a consultation on the new 2017 criminal legal aid contract was today greeted with concern by the Law Society of England and Wales.
A report from the TheCityUK confirms the important contribution the legal sector makes to the British economy.
The FCA is consulting on possible reform options and amendments to the regulatory framework to address its concerns and improve the UK the IPO process.
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has just opened the tender for the 2017 criminal legal aid contracts.
The CJEU has said that government retention of data may be compatible with EU law, but that LPP must be protected.
England and Wales is a highly attractive jurisdiction when it comes to international commercial contracts - and that hasn't changed because of Brexit.
In collaboration with others, we have set up a joint working group to examine the viability of a contingent legal aid fund.
We are gravely concerned about the dismissal of 2,745 judges in Turkey, following an attempted coup.
We have responded to the SRA's consultation on removing the obligation for run-off cover when a firm switches from the SRA to another approved regulator.
Solicitor firms should be able to choose the most appropriate regulator for their business, but client protection must not be compromised in the process.
The Law Society has welcomed the Legal Services Board's thematic review of restrictions on choice of insurer.
This briefing is designed to help our members consider the implications of the Looking to the Future consultation.
Partner at the national law firm TLT Solicitors, Robert Bourns, today takes office as the 172nd president of the Law Society.
On 14 July, Robert Bourns delivered his inaugural presidential speech at the president's inauguration event.
The Law Society will be writing to the new justice secretary Liz Truss to wish her well in her role.
Theresa May's appointment has prompted the Law Society to call on her to recognise the experience and expertise of the legal sector.
CEO Catherine Dixon described government proposals to introduce fixed costs in clinical negligence claims as 'truly shocking'.
The Law Society welcomes this strong defence of the principle that the right to British justice applies to everyone who is subject to the laws of this country.
We have commented on the proposed reform of VAT and inheritance tax (IHT) related disclosure regimes which aims to prevent tax avoidance.
We have responded to the Land Registry’s consultation on the Local Land Charges Rules 2017.
The House of Lords should act to safeguard legal professional privilege when debating the Investigatory Powers Bill.
SRA proposals for changes to their handbook for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients with less protection.
An interim report into the legal services market was released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
The Law Society has joined forces with leading claimant solicitors representing victims of personal injury in a strategic alliance
The Law Society says it hopes the government will reach a sensible decision over plans to privatise the Land Registry.
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.
We have responded to the government's consultation on whether action should be taken in this parliament to improve further the UK's competition regime.
It is vital that legal regulation protects consumers and enables fair competition, the Law Society said today
A report by a key UN committee has criticised government moves to restrict access to justice in England and Wales, echoing the case made by the Law Society.
Chief executive Catherine Dixon comments on Legal Services Board (LSB) research into unregulated providers of legal services.
Changes to key laws in the wake of Brexit could take years to accomplish, the chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales said.
Our Planning and Environmental Law Committee recently to the Welsh government's consultation on proposed changes to compulsory purchase reform proposals.
Plans to review regulation of the legal services market should be put on hold in the wake of the Brexit referendum, chief executive Catherine Dixon said today.
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) sets out the process for a member state to withdraw from the EU.
Alexandra Cardenas (public affairs manager) 020 7320 5935 Email Alexandra Cardenas
Dr. Carolina Gasparoli (public affairs adviser) 020 7320 5581Email Dr. Carolina Gasparoli
Miki Bhalla (public affairs adviser) 020 7320 5678 Email Miki Bhalla
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