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.
Concerns have been raised by the Law Society about the proposed membership of a new advisory council of solicitors and barristers chaired by Gary Bell QC.
We have responded to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers' consultation on new professional indemnity insurance arrangements.
On Saturday 25 June, the Law Society will be leading a group of legal sector representatives at the Pride in London parade.
Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon responds to the Legal Services Board's Cost of regulation report.
Alexandra Cardenas considers the parliamentary debate on the European Convention of Human Rights and discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit.
BBC London News interviewed Law Society head of legal aid Richard Miller for its report on the impact of cuts to civil legal aid.
A gathering of thousands, including solicitors, barristers, and members of the public, took part in a 10km charity walk across London yesterday in support of access to justice.
We have responded to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills's consultation on reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements.
On 6 May, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech at the Presidents' and Secretaries' Conference.
We have responded to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills's consultation on transparency of ownership information of foreign companies.
The Law Society has issued a joint statement on anti-corruption with professional bodies from the legal and accounting sectors.
A group of professional bodies today pledged to continue their work to tackle bribery and corruption, as world leaders gather in London for a summit.
The best way to bring down the cost of clinical negligence claims to the NHS is to reduce the harm caused to patients by negligent NHS care.
The Law Society has responded to the Sentencing Council's consultation on its draft guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea.
A call for urgent action to secure the release of two Turkish lawyers unlawfully and arbitrarily detained was today submitted to the United Nations.
Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon today said that we are concerned that the proposed changes may have the effect of hampering access to justice.
Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wrote to the Financial Times, regarding the European Convention on Human Rights.
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.
A report by Transform Justice suggests that miscarriages of justice and long delays in the criminal justice system are becoming more common.
The Law Society today announced the results of its 2016 presidential elections. Christina Blacklaws will take office as deputy vice president in July.
The Law Society has responded to the LSB’s consultation on first-tier complaints handling.
The Law Society has responded to the Welsh government's consultation on the statement of public participation.
We have published a survey to learn more about how members record their time and discover which members are already using J-codes to time record
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the legal aid residence test and the judicial review challenge to domestic violence evidence requirements.
Alexandra Cardenas considers the events around the Panama Papers and provides an update on European Referendum debate.
The number of practising solicitors is on the up, according to the Law Society of England and Wales Annual Statistics Report for 2015.
The Law Society has responded to the ministerial statement on civil legal aid.
On Wednesday 20 April, practitioners and parliamentarians came together to discuss the legal implications of a vote on 23 June to leave the EU.
While we support plans to speed up the introduction of legislation tackling tax evasion, enough time should be given for proper consideration and scrutiny.
On 5 April, president of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers delivered a speech during a joint seminar with the French National Bar Council.
We have responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government's technical consultation on the implementation of planning changes.
Solicitors, barristers, members of the judiciary and law students will be walking through central London, raising money for the London Legal Support Trust.
This infographic gives some key outcomes for the Law Society and shows the range of the president's work.
We welcome the LSB's report on the prices of legal services, which shows that clients can choose from a broad range of options when purchasing legal services.
With parliament in recess, Alexandra Cardenas highlights the latest legal aid statistics and provides an update on court closures.
We have responded to the Welsh government's consultation on changes to the Technical Advice Note TAN 20 on Planning and the Welsh Language.
Alexandra Cardenas considers Iain Duncan Smith's surprise resignation and the subsequent mini reshuffle.
We have responded to the SRA consultation on proposed changes to the minimum terms and conditions of the professional indemnity insurance rules.
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Home Office's newly-published Investigatory Powers Bill and the Cabinet Office's report on potential post-Brexit EU relationship models.
On 16 March, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech at Nottingham Trent University to LLB, LLM and LPC students.
The Law Society submitted a response to BIS' proposal to apply the growth duty and Small Business Appeals Champion.
The Law Society is seeking the views of solicitors on alternatives to client accounts.
New analysis shows that an 8,000 jobs boost follows each one per cent growth in legal services
The Law Society is keen to gauge the views of the profession on alternatives to client accounts.
Changes to stamp duty land tax are among the budget measures that will have the biggest impact on the legal sector, the Law Society said today.
On Wednesday 16 March, the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, presented his annual budget to the House of Commons.
The Chancellor's confirmation that the government is set to fire the starting pistol on a consultation over regulation of the legal services sector.
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham MP raised the Law Society's concerns over legal professional privilege.
The Law Society would like your views on the potential separation of legal regulation from professional bodies.
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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