We're calling on the government to address the problems by adopting our policy recommendations on criminal justice.
Provision of legal aid advice 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're recruiting members and their clients to get involved with our 2020 solicitor brand campaign, which supports the reputation of the profession.
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We welcome the Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Agency's decision to enable to practitioners to make earlier payment claims.
The SRA is reviewing civil and criminal advocacy standards and regulation. This page explains our view and what we're doing to support members.
This guidance is intended to assist investigators and prosecutors in deciding whether suspects should be interviewed as part of a police investigation during the coronavirus pandemic.
The purpose of this Protocol is to set a temporary framework during the Coronavirus pandemic for the handling of cases that involve a Custody Time Limit.
We're working with the MoJ and HMCTS on how the COVID-19 restrictions affect courts.
President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Simon Davis has responded to solicitors concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19).
We're looking for clients who might be interested in speaking to the media about their case.
We're keeping the coronavirus situation under review and will provide regularly updated advice and sources of information for our members.
Shrinking budgets for the justice system have put it in crisis and the British people increasingly are left high and dry when it comes to accessing vital legal advice.
We have outlined our concerns on the MoJ's proposed changes to the criminal legal aid fee schemes, as part of the Criminal Legal Aid Review.
The criminal legal aid system is doomed to spiral into ever greater crisis unless the MoJ’s plans are urgently rethought, the Law Society warned today.
We do not believe that the accelerated proposals published today will do enough to secure the short-term sustainability of the profession.
The public overwhelmingly supports legal aid, the Law Society said today as it marked the anniversary of the government’s review of the LASPO Act 2012.
A public consultation on pre-charge bail reform has been announced by the government in the wake of a vocal public backlash.
We've responded to the Sentencing Council's consultation on its draft firearms offences guidelines.
The Ministry of Justice is introducing location monitoring tags to Youth courts across England and Wales as an option for bail, RLAA and YROs.
More than 37 million people in England and Wales live in a local authority area without a single community care legal aid service, including over 7.5 million people aged 65 and over.
Judges’ remarks are to be broadcast from Crown Courts under draft legislation to be laid by government.
The MoJ is reviewing the civil and criminal legal aid means tests. We have set up focus groups so that practitioners’ voices can be heard.
The Queen’s Speech on 19 December set out the government’s legislative agenda for the first session of the new parliament.
Plans to hold a commission into the criminal justice system must not delay long-overdue investment, said Law Society president Simon Davis.
Get help in identifying circumstances which may warrant a refusal to undertake legal aid work.
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.
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 explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.
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.
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.
Tens of thousands of suspects are being released without bail conditions for unlimited periods, according to our new research.
Release under investigation (RUI) is used by the police instead of bail – but unlike bail it has no time limits or conditions.
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.
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