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.
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 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.
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.
Theresa May's appointment has prompted the Law Society to call on her to recognise the experience and expertise of the legal sector.
The Law Society will be writing to the new justice secretary Liz Truss to wish her well in her role.
On 14 July, Robert Bourns delivered his inaugural presidential speech at the president's inauguration event.
Partner at the national law firm TLT Solicitors, Robert Bourns, today takes office as the 172nd president of the Law Society.
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 responded to the Land Registry’s consultation on the Local Land Charges Rules 2017.
We have commented on the proposed reform of VAT and inheritance tax (IHT) related disclosure regimes which aims to prevent tax avoidance.
The House of Lords should act to safeguard legal professional privilege when debating the Investigatory Powers Bill.
An interim report into the legal services market was released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
SRA proposals for changes to their handbook for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients with less protection.
The Law Society says it hopes the government will reach a sensible decision over plans to privatise the Land Registry.
The Law Society has joined forces with leading claimant solicitors representing victims of personal injury in a strategic alliance
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.
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) sets out the process for a member state to withdraw from the EU.
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.
On 21 June, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech at the Law Society's Chancery Lane HQ.
The legal sector needs to be agile if it is to respond in time to advances in artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology.
New analysis shows that an 8,000 jobs boost follows each one per cent growth in legal services.
The Law Society of England and Wales welcoming the Justice Select Committee new report on fee increases.
The Law Society and the SRA today launched a consultation proposing an individual rate of £290 per solicitor for 2016-17.
While many government departments languish in purdah, the parliamentary debate around the Investigatory Powers Bill continues. Alexandra Cardenas considers the issues.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has started to gather more information about the existing arrangements and how they operate in practice.
Proposals to curtail the ability of 'McKenzie Friends' to recover fees in the wake of a successful court action were today backed by the Law Society.
We have responded to the Judicial Executive Board consultation on reforming the courts' approach to McKenzie friends.
We have responded to the call for information on the action plan for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist finance (CFT) supervisory regime.
We have responded to the consultation on the action plan for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist finance (CFT) legislative proposals.
Alexandra Cardenas considers the intensification of EU referendum and discusses the Treasury's apparent efforts to avert it.
News that ministers will continue to work with legal professional bodies over LPP has been welcomed by the Law Society.
Asylum and Immigration Tribunal fee increases of more than 500 per cent would deny justice to people appealing Home Office decisions, the Law Society warned today.
We have responded to a DCLG and HM Treasury consultation on compulsory purchase system reform.
We have responded to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' consultation on privatising land registry operations.
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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