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The value of your membership

As your professional body, fees from firms and individual practising certificates give us just over £214* per member per year.

This is equivalent to £4.12 per member per week to support our work for the profession and for you.

The practising fee is split between the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and other regulatory bodies:

We also generate commercial income and use our reserves to support our work. We'd like to show you what this money achieves.

From your £4.12 each week...

We are the voice of the profession: our work in Westminster, Cardiff and Brussels and with other governments across the world influences governments, regulators and others who shape the law and the legal market.

We promote solicitors at home and abroad in an ever-changing marketplace through our Find a Solicitor directory, our 'Solicitors. Here to help' campaign in England and Wales and our Global Legal Centre campaign internationally.

We update you on the latest news and developments in our fast moving sector through the Law Society Gazette in print, daily email update and app, My Law Society, Professional Update and other e-newsletters.

We provide you with practice notes and guidance, podcasts, webinars, roadshows and events, helping you meet your legal obligations and learn from the best in the profession. 

One-to-one support from our helplines covering practice advice, anti-money laundering and pastoral care, and our world renowned library service, accessible across England and Wales, are there for you.

We support your career development with events, e-learning and Gazette jobs. We work to tackle unfair barriers to entry and progress to ensure the best people, regardless of background, make up our profession too.

*As your professional body, the Law Society gets just over £214 per member per year from fees. This is made up of approximately: £83 from each individual practising fee; £131 from firm fees.

This is an average per practising fee holder as firm fees vary and are determined by a number of factors including turnover and pay as a percentage of turnover.

The Law Society professional body gets approximately 31% of practising fees and 40% of firm fees. The remainder of the fees cover the costs of the regulation work undertaken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and levies for the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Legal Services Board, the Financial Conduct Authority (to focus on money laundering activity), and the Legal Ombudsman.

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