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Introducing our new member-focused strategy

20 November 2015

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon summarises the Society's new strategy.

This week, we launched a new strategy for the Law Society that focuses on representing, promoting and supporting you, our members.

Earlier this year we committed to think about the future for the solicitor profession and how the Law Society should support solicitors as they prepare for the changes ahead.

From April to June, we had wide-ranging and open conversations about our future role. We engaged members in a range of ways, from meetings across England and Wales to roundtables and one-to-one interviews.

We held meetings, roundtables and event where we met and engaged with members actively involved with the Law Society and with members who have not engaged with us in the past.

We encouraged further debate and discussion with even more members through dedicated Twitter hours, using the hashtag #lawsociety2020, and through LinkedIn and our website.

In August and September we consulted on our draft strategic aims and asked for your views.

Thank you to all our members who took part and who gave us useful and valuable insight.

Vision and aims

Our strategy sets out our vision for the Law Society and for the profession.

We want the Law Society to be valued and trusted as a vital partner to represent, promote and support solicitors while upholding the rule of law, legal independence, ethical values and the principle of justice for all.

To help us achieve that vision, we have developed three strategic aims.

Aim 1: Representing solicitors

We will represent solicitors by speaking out for justice and on legal issues

Find out how the Law Society will represent its members and what our key activities will be over the next three years.

Aim 2: Promoting solicitors

We will promote the value of using a solicitor at home and abroad

Find out how the Law Society will promote its members and what our key activities will be over the next three years.

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

Find out how the Law Society will support its members and what our key activities will be over the next three years.

You can also access details of the services we currently provide.

So what difference will it make?

Everything we do is to ensure that we represent, promote and support solicitors and support justice for all. You can see our full strategy and our three-year plan to deliver it.

Next month, we will publish our report The Future of Legal Services. This is our horizon scan of the issues impacting on our profession in the coming years. We hope that the report will help you consider and prepare for the future.

We want to know more about our members so that we can support you better. In the new year, we will be launching 'My Law Society' and asking you to give us more information about your career stage and interests so that we can further tailor the information you get from us. Once registered, your My Law Society home page will give you the latest information from the Law Society and the Gazette based on your profile.

Our Find A Solicitor service already helps you promote your services to potential clients and peers. Over 38,000 people use the site each month. Registering with 'My Law Society' will give you the ability to add more detail to your Find a Solicitor profile to help you differentiate your services.

This is just the beginning. We are committed to representing, promoting and supporting solicitors and achieving our vision. If you require further updates about our services or for help about your practice, please call 020 7242 1222.

Find out more about the Law Society's strategy and our three-year plan to deliver it

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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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