News and advice for legal aid practitioners and information about our campaigns for an adequately funded legal aid system and access to justice for all.
Clients should be able to choose which lawyer they want to represent them in court, the Law Society said today.
The Law Society is strongly opposed to a suggestion that instructing an in-house advocate represents a conflict of interest.
The Court of Appeal held that the lord chancellor did have power under LASPO to introduce the test.
The Legal Aid Agency has announced details of the own-client contract arrangements from January 2016.
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 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.
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
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 criminal court charges.
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 Ministry of Justice is consulting on increasing fees for a wide range of court and tribunal proceedings.
Increases in court fees announced by the government yesterday amount to a further assault on access to justice for individuals and small businesses.
The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the closure of 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and the integration or merger of 31 more.
Letter to the Guardian on exceptional funding (legal aid).
The judgment vindicates our long-running concerns about the LASPO changes.
The government has loosened restrictions imposed on victims of domestic abuse which were preventing them from accessing legal aid in family cases.
The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
The letter expresses grave concerns over the recent change in policy imposing criminal courts charges on those convicted of criminal offences.
We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bush Theatre's summer production The Invisible by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, opening 3 July to 15 August.
This practice note will assist solicitors in adapting their practices to identify and meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
Read the statement by the Law Society president Andrew Caplen.
MoJ has questions to answer about criminal legal aid regulations following House of Lords Committee report.
On 24 June 2015 the outgoing president of the Law Society, Andrew Caplen, delivered the Presidential Lecture in the Law Society's Reading Room.
On the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, president of the Law Society, Andrew Caplen, comments on its importance and the rule of law.
The Law Society has reacted with dismay to the government's announcement that it will press ahead with further cuts to legal aid.
Legal organisations have drafted guidelines for lawyers who come up against ordinary people who find themselves in court without legal representation.
Legal organisations have drafted guidelines for lawyers who come up against people who find themselves in court without legal representation.
On 25 May president of the Law Society Andrew Caplen delivered a speech on the rule of law at the Malaysian Bar Council.
The Law Society is making a number of recommendations to try to ensure that more people can get the legal help they need.
The Law Society is sponsoring the production of a new play by Academy Award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Recent changes have made it more difficult to get professional legal advice. We think there are ways the government can improve access to legal advice.
Thousands of lawyers will walk on Monday 18 May to raise much-needed money for free legal advice agencies. Find out how you can get involved.
The Law Society has drafted some additional guidance on the crime duty tender in response to a number of questions raised by members.
Following the disappointing rejection by the Court of Appeal of our legal challenge to the crime duty tender process, the LAA has today re-opened the tender for crime duty work provider contracts.
In a deeply disappointing judgment, the Court of Appeal rejected legal challenges brought by the Law Society, the CLSA and the LCCSA.
The deadline for submitting tender applications is Tuesday 5 May. Read our latest advice and download a template for delivery partnership agreements.
Letter to The Times on legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence.
We have updated our guidance for solicitors who are helping clients access legal advice in the wake of government cuts to civil legal aid.
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