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  • The Law Society exists to represent, promote and support all solicitors, so they in turn can help their clients.

    We also work to ensure that no-one is above the law and to protect everyone's right to have access to justice. We promote England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice and the vital role legal services play in our economy.

    We work internationally to open up markets to our members and to defend human rights while supporting our members with opportunities in the domestic market.

    How we work

    Solicitors pay their annual practising certificate fee to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Law Society receives around 30 per cent of this fee to support, represent and promote the profession.

    Our other funding comes from commercial activities.

    The Law Society Council governs our work, with Council members elected to represent members from England and Wales, including different demographic groups and parts of the profession.

    We harness the knowledge of our Council members and around 300 volunteer board and committee members to deliver the advice, support and services our members want.

    And we continually listen and respond to our members, so we can be sure we are meeting their needs.

    Our work for members

    The Law Society helps our current and future members by:

    • providing support, advice and guidance on areas of practice and management, tailored to members' individual needs
    • supporting equality, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, enabling and encouraging the best people to join regardless of their background
    • campaigning on legal issues of importance to our members and the public
    • acting as the approved regulator for solicitors, ensuring regulation is fair and proportionate while protecting the public.

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    Our values

    Our culture code is a guiding set of principles and values about who we are and who we aspire to be. It defines our culture.

    We value clarity, trust, respect and excellence.

    Our values guide what we say and how we act with each other, our members, our suppliers and our stakeholders. Everyone working at the Law Society agrees to respect and demonstrate these principles through their day-to-day decision making and behaviour.

    We will recognise, celebrate and reward people who demonstrate our culture. We will hold each other to account by speaking up when we see behaviour that doesn’t support our culture, and when we do.

    Our people

    Staff at the Law Society are here to make sure that solicitors across England and Wales are represented effectively. We have offices in London, Brussels and Wales covering everything from legal policy, communications, products and services, and business development, to those dealing with our relationship with the government, parliament and overseas bars.

    We have a network of relationship managers based throughout England and Wales. The team has specific responsibility for making sure that members have access to all Law Society news, products and services, regardless of where members are based.

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    Our membership services

    Our products and services meet the needs of the modern legal profession and we focus on making sure that solicitors have the right tools to deliver world-class legal services.

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