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Our constitution

Our Royal Charter still provides the constitutional basis for much of our corporate governance. The principal 1845 Charter provided for the incorporation of the Society and the establishment of our governing body, the Council.

Our regulatory powers have since been underpinned by statute: the Solicitors Act 1974, the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, the Access to Justice Act 1999, and the Legal Services Act 2007.

Information about these acts is available on the website.

Constitutional documents

Memorandum of understanding

The memorandum of understanding between the Law Society, the Legal Services Board and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal concerning funding and other related matters: