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Law Society at Conservative Party Conference

Posted: 4 October 2018

The Law Society has attended this year's party conferences.

Read about the Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences  

We highlighted the following priorities with stakeholders at the party conferences:

  • maintaining the attractiveness of the legal jurisdiction after Brexit
  • making the legal system available to all
  • ensuring the UK leads the way on new technology.

Read more about our policy recommendations (PDF 662kb)

Conservative Party conference

  • Our vice president Simon Davis spoke at a drinks reception co-hosted by the Law Society with the Society of Conservative Lawyers and the Bar Council. He spoke about the Law Society’s international work, and our support for the government in reaching a Brexit deal that allows EU and UK citizens to maintain their freedom of choice, certainty and security.
  • At the drinks reception, the lord chancellor, David Gauke MP, said the government had a good, and sometimes full and frank, dialogue with organisations like the Law Society and the Bar Council.
  • Around 80 representatives of the legal profession attended this reception, including the solicitor general Robert Buckland QC MP, chair of the Justice Select Committee Bob Neill MP, and co-chairs of the APPG on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Jonathan Djanogly MP and Lord Hunt of Wirral.
  • Law Society president Christina Blacklaws met with justice minister Lucy Frazer QC MP, CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn, conservative member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Bob Seely MP, director of the think tank JUSTICE Andrea Coomber, and officers of the Birmingham Law Society.
  • The Law Society also participated in three fringe events, focusing on:
    • Technology, and the legal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence
    • The fundamental components of a fully-functioning justice system (with justice minister Lucy Frazer)
    • Brexit, foreign policy and Global Britain.