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  • 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.

  • Latest public affairs news

    • 25 August 2015

      Court closures: write to your local MP and AM

      Find out how you can lobby your MP over government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals. Our campaigner pack includes a template letter.
    • 24 July 2015

      Political update - 24 july 2015

      There are three factors changing the dynamic of parliament which will become increasingly apparent after the House returns from recess on 7 September.
    • 17 July 2015

      Political update - 17 July 2015

      Today the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove made his second major key-note speech in the role where he set out his vision for prison rehabilitation.
    • 3 July 2015

      Political update - 3 July 2015

      This week hundreds of solicitors across England and Wales began to strike in protest at the latest wave of legal aid fee cuts.
    • 26 June 2015

      Political update - 26 June 2015

      On Tuesday 23 June Michael Gove used his first speech as lord chancellor to attack what he sees as the inequality of the current justice system.
    • 25 June 2015

      Parliamentary briefing: Employment tribunals

      The briefing was issued in advance of a House of Lords oral question and covers our concerns about the decrease in employment tribunal applications.
    • 25 June 2015

      Parliamentary briefing: legal professional privilege

      This is a joint Law Society and Bar Council briefing, shared with legally qualified parliamentarians, on reports into investigatory powers and legal professional privilege.
    • 19 June 2015

      Political update - 19 June 2015

      This week marks the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. On Monday at a speech at Runnymede to mark the exact date of the anniversary.
    • 16 June 2015

      Parliamentary briefing: Domestic violence

      This briefing was prepared in advance of an oral question in the House of Lords about the regulations for access to legal aid for victims of abuse.
    • 10 June 2015

      Parliamentary briefing: LASPO

      This briefing was shared with members of the House of Lords in advance of an oral question on LASPO.