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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Get help in identifying circumstances which may warrant a refusal to undertake legal aid work.
This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.
This practice note sets out the new obligations and the ethical considerations solicitors should consider when conducting a case involving defence witnesses.
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
An investigation by Newsnight showed that 93,000 suspected violent criminals and sex offenders have been released in the wake of law changes in 2017.
This practice note explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.
The number of people illegally trafficked to the UK has risen in recent years. You may encounter victims of trafficking in the criminal justice system.
Ahead of the general election, we've analysed the key justice-related pledges made in the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru manifestos.
We've responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's consultation on assuring advocacy standards.
The controversial practice of releasing suspects under investigation is to be reviewed following our campaign for a rethink.
An update on our discussions with the MoJ and the lord chancellor on progress of the criminal legal aid review.
This podcast marks European Lawyers Day 2019. This year, the focus is on the right to legal aid in criminal matters and access to a lawyer when detained in prison.
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 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've published guidance for the profession on what to do if you encounter a victim of modern slavery.
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.
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.
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.
The government has published an evaluation framework for the upcoming flexible operating hours pilots, which are due to begin on 2 September 2019.
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.
Our criminal justice and early advice campaigns were raised with the lord chancellor and his ministerial team during justice oral questions.
More than half local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, the Law Society said.
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.
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