New ‘voice for legal Wales’ to be created

The Law Society is delighted to be playing an integral role in the creation of the new Law Council of Wales.*

The Commission on Justice in Wales, set up by the Welsh government, undertook a review of the justice system there between December 2017 and October 2019.

Led by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the commission’s report set a long-term vision for the future of justice in Wales, and one of its priority recommendations was the creation of a Law Council of Wales to be the ‘voice for legal Wales’.

The umbrella body will focus on ensuring a strong and sustainable legal sector for Wales, as well as promoting collaborative working and providing resources for those working in Wales’ unique legal environment.

Independent of Welsh government, the Law Council of Wales’s establishment has been facilitated by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society’s Welsh office will provide secretariat support for the council.

The Law Council of Wales will represent the sector as a whole, going beyond the solicitors which the Law Society represents and will establish its own terms of reference and ways of working, and set its own agenda.

“My tenure as the chair of the Wales committee of the Law Society has coincided with a highly challenging time for the legal profession in Wales including unprecedented demands for legal advice and support – in particular as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year,” said Mark Evans, chair of the Law Society’s Wales committee.

“Throughout the pandemic, our team in the Wales office have worked closely with Welsh government officials and the profession has received tremendous support from the counsel general.

“I am delighted that the Law Society has been given the opportunity to facilitate the Wales Law Council which is one of the priority recommendations of the report of the commission on justice in Wales, which was chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.”

Notes to editors

*Read the written statement from the counsel general

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