We're calling on the government to address the problems by adopting our policy recommendations on criminal justice.
Provision of legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating 'legal aid deserts'.
We are campaigning to improve access to justice for all, regardless of social background or wealth.
Early legal advice can stop a problem from escalating. Back our campaign to bring back legal aid for early advice
We are promoting the benefits of England and Wales as the leading global centre for legal services.
We launched our new campaign on 3 October to support the reputation of the profession - based on the results of research that we conducted with members, the public and commissioners of legal services in 2015.
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This article highlights some of the key bills announced in the Queen’s Speech that will be most relevant to solicitors.
The Queen's Speech announced 26 pieces of legislation for the next parliamentary session, with crime emerging as a domestic priority for the government.
This guide for solicitors who deliver civil legal aid services explains when ECF may be available and how to apply.
Release under investigation (RUI) is used by the police instead of bail – but unlike bail it has no time limits or conditions.
Tens of thousands of suspects are being released without bail conditions for unlimited periods, according to our new research.
Emily Weidner and William McSweeney discuss whether technology is the key to improving access to justice and what barriers could impact this.
We've published guidance for the profession on what to do if you encounter a victim of modern slavery.
We conducted a research project to investigate whether technology is the key to unlocking access to justice innovation.
Technology has the potential to unlock justice for all, according to our new report, but it is by no means a "silver bullet".
We will be attending the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences this autumn as part of our influencing work on behalf of members.
The MoJ is reviewing the current criminal legal aid fee schemes. It will deliver a final report, including any recommendations, in summer 2020.
Our president Simon Davis has written to the government calling for urgent investment across the wider criminal justice system.
We are aware of the considerable problems with the Defence Solicitor Call Centre this week. Find out what we're doing to help our members.
Information on bidding for a contract to offer legal aid services from the Legal Aid Agency.
The SRA is consulting until 13 November on proposals to improve civil and criminal advocacy standards and the way the SRA regulates advocacy.
What's changing relating to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).
Joint statement by the Law Society, LCCSA and CLSA.
We are encouraging people to write to the new lord chancellor today to urge him to back our criminal justice and legal aid deserts campaigns.
Law Society president Simon Davis spoke at the swearing in of the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, on 30 July at the Royal Courts of Justice.
After lobbying by the Law Society the Ministry of Justice will bring forward areas of work for implementation under the Criminal Legal Aid Review.
The government has published an evaluation framework for the upcoming flexible operating hours pilots, which are due to begin on 2 September 2019.
We are calling on the new prime minister to prioritise fixing our justice system and ensuring the legal services sector remains diverse and globally competitive.
Solicitors’ leaders today made an urgent plea to incoming prime minister to put the criminal justice system at the heart of the priorities of his administration.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is conducting a Criminal Legal Aid Review to consider the future of the criminal legal aid fee schemes.
We have responded to a Sentencing Council consultation on overarching principles: Sentencing offenders with mental health conditions or disorders.
Richard Miller speaks to Alice Mutasa, Vicki Butler and Valerie Robertson about issues facing the criminal justice system.
We responded to the Legal Aid Agency's consultation on changes to the general crime contract following the Parole Board rules review.
The MoJ is introducing location monitoring tags to all courts across England and Wales as an option for community and suspended sentence orders.
A decade of underfunding has left the criminal justice system in a perilous state with every part of the process floundering.
Our report shows how failures in the justice system are leading to injustice, and sets out policy recommendations for the government.
Following a year-long investigation, we have concluded that the ad hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight.
This report contains findings and recommendations concerning the use of algorithmic systems in the criminal justice system.
The map shows what we know today about where complex algorithms are being used in the justice system in England and Wales.
We are travelling the country collecting your views to inform our engagement with the government's criminal justice reform programme.
The Law Society and Bar Council are supporting the FDA's Manifesto for Justice which seeks to ensure the Criminal Justice System avoids collapse.
More than half local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, the Law Society said.
Our criminal justice and early advice campaigns were raised with the lord chancellor and his ministerial team during justice oral questions.
This briefing sets out the Law Society's views on legal aid deserts in England and Wales.
The award of legal aid in the case of Shamima Begum raises some of the most fundamental principles underpinning the justice system.
Although it remains unclear when and how the UK will withdraw from the EU, we continue to advise our members to prepare for all eventualities.
Our campaign to improve the criminal justice system has recently received support from a number of politicians.
We have produced a parliamentary briefing ahead of the chancellor's spring statement on 13 March 2019.
Carol Storer reports on the Law Society’s Future of Law lecture delivered by Lucy Frazer QC MP on 26 February 2019.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in four weeks’ time cross-border criminals will have much to celebrate, the Law Society said today.
Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC MP shares her thoughts on what the future holds for the justice system and what this means for the legal profession.
This guide highlights the changes to criminal justice and security mechanisms should the UK leave the EU without an agreement.
HMCTS is hosting an online update on the Criminal Justice System Common Platform for defence practitioners.
A move to ease some of the hurdles restricting access to justice for hundreds of thousands of people is a shift in the right direction.
The reputation of our justice system is in great danger at a time when the country needs it most.
We are calling on the government to address the problems that impact on all areas of our criminal justice system by taking up our recommendations.
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