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.
This year's conference provides practical advice on business survival: how to establish a business approach to legal aid work, reduce your overheads and work on a tighter budget. The conference will cover innovation and the role of technology in access to justice and provide a dynamic speed consultancy session, enabling you to speak directly to experts on issues that concern you.
The Law Society welcomes the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) decision to abandon plans for the two-tier criminal legal aid contracting regime.
The Law Society has responded to the news that David Cameron has ordered ministers to take action to clamp down on lawyers pursuing claims against veterans.
Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wrote to The Times, regarding the lord chief justice's report on increased civil court costs and the impact of LASPO.
Law Society called on LAA and MoJ to issue an urgent public statement to provide certainty for all involved in the legal aid duty contract procurement process.
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
As we prepare for the holiday, thoughts turn to those who will be working over Christmas in the service of others.
The Ministry of Justice has laid regulations postponing the restructuring of criminal legal aid fees until 1 April 2016.
The Legal Aid Agency has announced its intention to mandate the CRM14 eForm from 1 May 2016.
Rollout at all Crown court sites will take place from 5 January 2016.
The Law Society has again called for explicit statutory protection for legal professional privilege in its evidence to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee.
The Law Society has responded to the draft code of practice on the Mental Health Act 1983 for Welsh Ministers.
The Law Society is strongly opposed to a suggestion that instructing an in-house advocate represents a conflict of interest.
Clients should be able to choose which lawyer they want to represent them in court, the Law Society said today.
The Legal Aid Agency has announced details of the own-client contract arrangements from January 2016.
The Court of Appeal held that the lord chancellor did have power under LASPO to introduce the test.
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.
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The Practice Advice Service provides a dedicated support line for Law Society members and employees of law firms. Call us on 020 7320 5675.
Join our community of legal aid lawyers, run by the Law Society Gazette.
The Law Society's priority is to do all that it can to provide support to its members and their firms during this most difficult time.
Whoever you are, wherever you are from, however much, or little you earn - you deserve access to legal advice and the justice system.
Access to justice is on the verge of a crisis. There can be no effective rule of law when we lack a fully accessible and affordable judicial system.
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