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Help us develop the Law Society's new strategy

06 August 2015

To make sure we meet our members' needs, we are developing our new strategy for the Law Society. We have launched a simple survey, which asks you about each of our draft strategic aims. Please take a moment to give us your thoughts. The survey closes on 11 September.

The solicitor profession is going through a period of unprecedented change. The Law Society of England and Wales needs to change too so that we are able to serve you effectively, providing relevant support and representation and ensuring that we actively promote our profession.

We started out by asking questions about the future of legal services, legal education and training, the brand of 'solicitor' and what regulation should look like. We have also been asking how we should focus our communications and influencing activities to effectively represent you.

Since becoming chief executive earlier this year, I have met members from across the profession in England and Wales and have heard your views about the role of the Law Society and the future of our profession. We have held events, had discussions with members in person and on social media and have been listening actively to what you are telling us.

When we set out to develop the strategy, we said we'd be listening and then developing the strategy for Council to agree in October. We want to be sure all of you have the chance input and give your views and so we have published our draft strategic aims for your comments.

We want to put our members at the heart of what we do: understanding what you want and expect from us is critical to serving you well. I want more of you to benefit from the services your fees provide by making sure we build a relevant and responsive relationship with solicitors. Our new strategy will help us focus on what you want and on delivering relevant advice, guidance, products and services, but it can only do that if our members have helped shape it.

Based on our discussions so far, we have drafted the strategic aims we want to focus on for the next three years. The strategy will include more detail on what we will do to deliver these aims, but in the meantime, we would like your views. Our draft aims are:

Aim 1: Representing solicitors

We will represent solicitors by speaking out for justice and on legal issues, upholding the rule of law and thereby promoting justice for all.

By being recognised as the authoritative and knowledgeable voice of solicitors and the legal profession, we will speak to those with a key role in shaping our legal system.

We will ensure that we are heard by governments in England and Wales and internationally. We will raise awareness of the role of solicitors and the importance of independent legal services and justice for all.

Aim 2: Promoting solicitors

We will promote the value of using a solicitor at home and abroad, and of England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice.

We are proud of the profession and will celebrate what it means to be a solicitor. We will promote the benefits of using solicitors to the public and to business, whether the services are provided by a law firm or through a solicitor employed to work in-house.

We will promote the law of England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice and the value that legal services bring to the economy.

We will encourage the best candidates to join the profession irrespective of their background and highlight the significant contribution solicitors make.

Aim 3: Supporting solicitors

We will support solicitors to develop their expertise and their businesses, irrespective of whether they work for themselves, in-house or for a law firm.

We will be at the forefront of identifying issues that may affect solicitors, helping them to prepare for the future.

By providing accessible, relevant and high-quality education and training, products, services, guidance and support, we will enable our members to innovate and compete in changing markets.

This will help raise professional and ethical standards and support career development enabling solicitors positively to differentiate themselves from other providers of legal services.

We will help members who want to expand internationally by opening up new legal markets.

We will target information, products and services where they are most needed. By building our understanding of the roles, career stage, priorities and specialism of each of our members, we will respond to their diverse and individual needs.

Please take a moment to give us your thoughts. The survey closes on 11 September.

We will feed your views in to our Council before the strategy is finalised and will set out a three-year plan to deliver against our strategic aims when we publish the strategy in November.

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About the author

Catherine Dixon is the former chief executive of the Law Society. She is a solicitor and PDSA trustee. She also has an MBA and is an accredited mediator. 

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