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.
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.
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.
We run training courses to help solicitor advocates working with children and vulnerable witnesses practise more effectively.
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.
This practice note provides advice on good practice for legal practitioners who advise and represent clients at mental health tribunals.
PACE requires that police interviews with suspects are recorded. You must ensure that interviews with clients who require a sign language interpreter are video recorded. This practice provides advice on how to meet the requirement.
Issues arise when you are considering either withdrawing from representing a defendant, or taking on a transferred case, close to or in the course of the trial. This practice note provides advice on managing the process.
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 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.
Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.
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 MoJ is reviewing the current criminal legal aid fee schemes. It will deliver a final report, including any recommendations, in summer 2020.
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 guide for solicitors who deliver civil legal aid services explains when ECF may be available and how to apply.
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 will be attending the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences this autumn as part of our influencing work on behalf of members.
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.
Our president Simon Davis has written to the government calling for urgent investment across the wider criminal justice system.
Information on bidding for a contract to offer legal aid services from the Legal Aid Agency.
We produced this guide to help those conducting pro bono work understand when their clients may be entitled to legal aid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC MP shares her thoughts on what the future holds for the justice system and what this means for the legal profession.
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.
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.
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.
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This committee promotes improvements in legal aid and access to justice and is part of our Legal Affairs and Policy Board.