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'.
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.
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.
Support for criminal legal aid trial payments must be balanced by boost for case preparation work to ensure survival of the criminal defence profession.
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.
We discuss the International Bar Association’s guide to legal aid principles and how the UK is measuring up against them.
A number of new measures relating to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) were announced by the Chancellor for the Autumn 2018 Budget.
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 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.
Changes to the insurance environment mean law firms need to take a close look at their own arrangements this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our anonymous Deputy District Judge columnist ponders the changes sweeping through the courts system, both good and bad, and their impact on the judiciary, litigants and access to justice.
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.
A King's College London report commissioned by the Law Society shows that the cuts proposed in the LASPO bill will give rised to unbudgeted costs of at least £139 million.
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’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.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights have reflected Law Society concerns that large parts of England and Wales are becoming “legal aid deserts”.
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.
Mark Surguy argues that the Jackson reforms in relation to disclosure will not work unless solicitors have more of an eye on the trial at the start of a case. Mark explains how the rigour of the trial advocate’s approach can help keep costs...
As the dust settles on the Jeffrey Review, Flora Page calls for solicitor advocates to engage with a voluntary training programme to ensure genuine parity of advocacy training with the Bar.
Adam Tear, Howe+Co, discusses his personal highlights of the year, the challenges facing solicitor advocates, his advice for solicitor advocates, and more.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service offers guidance on solicitor-advocates’s costs in criminal proceedings.
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.
Mr Justice Coulson has ruled that a claimant could recover trial advocacy fees under CPR 45 when a claim settled on the day of the hearing, before the trial was heard.
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.
Emma Scott writes about the consequences of victims of domestic violence being unable to access legal aid.
The changes to legal aid brought in April 2013 mark the end of full access to justice in family law, says Denise Lester. So what does that mean in practice for solicitors and the public, and what can solicitors do to fight back?
Denise Lester surveys interactions between the profession and the Legal Aid Agency post April 2013.
Kirsty Bone looks back over her training contract at Jefferies Essex LLP, working with Karen Dovaston, a member of the Family Section advisory group.
The Law Society has obtained significant concessions from the Legal Aid Agency in respect of the '14-hour' rule in the legal aid contract.
The Law Society welcomes news the LAA will make concessions over key criteria for a criminal legal aid contract as a step in the right direction.
Solicitors could pay the same practising certificate fees in 2018-19 as they did this year under draft plans presented by the Law Society Group.
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