We are campaigning to improve access to justice for all, regardless of social background or wealth.
Ordinary people are finding it more difficult to access justice because of issues including legal aid cuts, court closures and increased court fees, as well as changes to the rules regarding the legal costs a client can recover.
Our current access to justice campaigns are:
Early advice Criminal justice Criminal duty solicitors Legal aid deserts
Our poster and leaflet explains the areas of law where legal aid is still available and how to find help.
We have also published an online guide to legal aid and the eligibility criteria.
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 MoJ has published a legal support action plan setting out the steps it plans to take following the post-implementation review of LASPO.
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 Many legal professionals feel current divorce law is out of date.
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.
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.
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.
The Law Society has responded to proposals from the MoJ for amendments to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme.
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.
The legal profession's charity, the Access to Justice Foundation, celebrates its tenth year.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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’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”.
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 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.
Research undertaken by Ipsos-MORI in collaboration with Law Society Research Unit shows that: shows a clear statistical link between getting early legal advice and resolving problems sooner.
A crisis in the criminal justice system triggered the barristers’ strike and though the dispute seems to have been resolved, the crisis has not gone away.
The fragility of the criminal legal aid market is underscored by the looming crisis in the number of criminal duty solicitors across vast areas of England and Wales.
Richard Miller, head of justice, and Daniel Bonich, joint chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the impact of legal aid cuts.
Law Society president Joe Egan responds to the decision to exempt the Home Office from data access rules, claiming it will inevitably lead to miscarriages of justice.
By listening to the challenges voiced by the members of the profession, the Law Society can respond with high-quality and relevant support. Addressed here are the concerns surrounding Criminal Legal Aid, the SQE, and diversity and inclusion...
The Society understands that in reaction to the new Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), certain barristers’ chambers will no longer accept work under the AGFS from 1 April 2018.
This practice note outlines changes to the evidence requirements for legal aid funding in private law family cases (domestic violence gateway).
Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become extinct, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today as it unveiled new data showing a looming crisis in the number of defence solicitors.
We understand that in reaction to the new AGFS proposed by the MoJ, certain barristers’ chambers will no longer accept work under the AGFS from 1 April.
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.
Poverty-hit families are being denied vital help to fight eviction, tackle severe housing disrepair and address other life-changing legal issues.
Ahead of the 2018 Spring Statement, the Law Society of England and Wales has put together an assessment on the economic policies needed to ensure that the country remains a world leader in legal services, and to support our justice system.
The Law Society today issued proceedings against the Ministry of Justice to challenge a decision to implement further cuts to legal aid.
The number of domestic abuse victims able to access free legal advice is set to increase after the government relented on excessively strict evidence rules introduced in 2013.
A legal challenge has been launched by the Law Society of England and Wales in a bid to halt cuts to fees paid to criminal defence lawyers.
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As part of our awareness campaign, we've set up a guide for the public:
This committee promotes improvements in legal aid and access to justice and is part of our Legal Affairs and Policy Board.