We are campaigning to improve access to justice for all, regardless of social background or wealth.
The Law Society has published data which shows a looming crisis in the numbers of criminal duty solicitors. This could leave many individuals unable to access their right to a solicitor and free advice.
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.
Provision of legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating 'legal aid deserts'.
We are campaigning strongly to oppose the government's proposals, announced in November 2016, to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000.
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.
We are encouraging members to attend this face-to-face event on the crime area of the HMCTS reform programme to learn how it may affect you.
The government plans to reform the divorce process to remove the concept of fault. Many legal professionals feel current divorce law is out of date.
Research from the University of Loughborough, commissioned by the Law Society, has found that the legal aid means test is preventing families in poverty from accessing justice.
An overview of our successes in our Access to Justice campaigns this year.
Support for criminal legal aid trial payments must be balanced by boost for case preparation work to ensure survival of the criminal defence profession.
We have welcomed a pledge by the attorney general to take a look at the rules surrounding disclosure of evidence in the criminal justice system.
The Law Society has welcomed news that the MoJ has scaled down a pilot project to extend court opening hours.
The Law Society's key campaigns played a key role in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of legal aid.
The Law Society has responded to a DoT consultation on proposed new offences of causing death or injury by dangerous or careless cycling.
We discuss the International Bar Association’s guide to legal aid principles and how the UK is measuring up against them.
The Law Society has produced this guide to help those conducting pro bono work understand when their clients may be entitled to legal aid.
Justice is as important to most people as health and education, according to far-reaching research into public attitudes to the justice system.
The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that a no-deal Brexit could leave Britain unable to extradite criminals back to EU states.
HMCTS are conducting research on video hearings and the legal professional user experience as part of the court modernisation programme.
The Law Society has responded to proposals from the MoJ for amendments to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme.
The crisis in the criminal justice system is so acute an independent review into the economic sustainability of legal aid is vital.
Our ‘Justice in focus’ exhibition will be held in the main foyer of the Law Society on Chancery Lane, London, from 29 October to 2 November 2018.
A court heard the Law Society's judicial review to the decision to cut the maximum numbers of pages of prosecution evidence that count for payment.
Our Civil Justice Committee will be submitting a formal response to the Ministry of Justice post-implementation review of LASPO part 2.
The Law Society is inviting members to participate in focus groups to explore the impacts of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
The legal profession's charity, the Access to Justice Foundation, celebrates its tenth year.
The Law Society’s judicial review of the 2017 Regulations limiting PPE claimed under the Litigators Graduated Fee Scheme to 6,000 pages has been allowed.
The Law Society has submitted evidence to the MoJ’s post-implementation review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.
Public access to the justice system has never been so restricted, the Law Society warned today as it filed a hard-hitting submission to government.
Law Society research shows the impact on victims of domestic violence of the changes to legal aid eligibility rules regarding capital and income under LASPO.
Professor Donald Hirsch has conducted a report for the Law Society for inclusion in the Society's submissions to the MoJ's review of LASPO 2012.
The Law Society has outlined its initial views on the MoJ's proposals in its consultation on reforms to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme.
HMCTS are hosting a free online event on video remand hearings from 13:00 to 14:00 on Thursday 27 September.
The Law Society has responded to the MoJ consultation on the impact of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
The Law Society has responded to the Law Commission's consultation on the law concerning search warrants.
From 1 October 2018 notice and grounds of appeal relating to appeals against conviction and sentence must be lodged directly with the Criminal Appeal Office.
The government’s review of LASPO Part 1 is now underway. The MoJ is taking evidence with the intention of publishing its findings by the end of the year.
Law Society responds to Sentencing Council consultation on public order offences.
The High Court has backed a legal challenge by the Law Society to halt cuts that were heightening the looming crisis in the criminal justice system.
The Law Society has responded to the MoJ consultation 'Reconsideration of Parole Board decisions: creating a new and open system'.
The Law Society’s advocacy advisory group has responded to a consultation by Queen’s Counsel Appointments proposing changes to the current process.
Properly funded early legal advice saves taxpayers' money says the Law Society following analysis showing the cost of running a courtroom for a day.
The Law Society has carried out new analysis that reveals that an average day of court time costs at least £2,692.
A group of influential MPs have issued a report highlighting how cuts to criminal legal aid are tarnishing the reputation of the justice system.
MPs say shift in culture is needed to address police and prosecution authorites' failure to disclose evidence that led to miscarriages of justice.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights have reflected Law Society concerns that large parts of England and Wales are becoming “legal aid deserts”.
The Law Society has responded to the Sentencing Council's draft Guideline for Breach Offences.
Andrew Caplen discusses access to justice.
We speak to this year’s winner of the Solicitor Advocate of the Year Award, Adam Tear, about his predictions for the year ahead.
Criminal practitioners frequently encounter vulnerable witnesses in their cases and should ensure they develop the specialist skills needed.
Adam Tear, Howe+Co, discusses his personal highlights of the year, the challenges facing solicitor advocates, his advice for solicitor advocates, and more.
As criminal barristers boycott the most serious cases in protest at legal aid cuts, the MoJ has been criticised for a new recruitment campaign for advocates to join the Public Defender Service.
Ian Kelcey gives his personal take on the findings of the Jeffrey Review on criminal advocacy, including the growing divisions between advocates and the Bar, cuts to remuneration rates, and the need for a cohesive training framework.
Joe Egan shares his thoughts on the current challenges and pressures faced by solicitor-advocates, how advocates can prepare for the future, and how he intends to support advocates when in office.
Karen Dovaston of Jefferies Essex LLP, Southend-on-Sea, Essex discusses the recent announcement that the five-year limit on evidence of domestic violence will be removed.
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