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  • The public affairs and campaigns team is at the heart of the Law Society's work influencing government, parliament and key stakeholders in the UK.

    By harnessing the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of the legal profession, the Society can lead in developing public policy solutions to challenges facing the legal services sector.

    As the Society is a professional body governed by a royal charter, its work with government and parliament is underpinned by its duty to act in the public interest. We work closely with the Society's members when engaging and influencing political stakeholders and policy-makers.

    Find out more about our work, view our briefings below or support our campaigns.

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    Law Society backs new manifesto for justice

    The Law Society and Bar Council are supporting the FDA's Manifesto for Justice which seeks to ensure the Criminal Justice System avoids collapse.

    1 May 2019
    Press release

    Parliamentary briefing: Legal aid deserts

    This briefing sets out the Law Society's views on legal aid deserts in England and Wales.

    24 April 2019

    SDT standard of proof rule changes

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal announced it will apply to adopt the civil standard of proof when it hears cases brought by the regulator.

    11 April 2019

    Online probate system - cause for grave concern?

    We speak to Ian Bond, head of trusts and estates at Talbots Law, about the new online probate service and what it means for you.

    27 March 2019

    Support for criminal justice campaign continues to build

    Our campaign to improve the criminal justice system has recently received support from a number of politicians.

    13 March 2019

    Legal Services Board business plan consultation 2019/20

    We have responded to the Legal Services Board's consultation on its proposed business plan for 2019/20.

    1 March 2019
    Consultation response

    Parliamentary briefing: Law Society opposes Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018

    We are strongly opposed to the proposals to hike the fees for grant of probate from the current flat figure to a sliding scale of fees.

    20 February 2019

    DEFRA consultation on biodiversity net gain - Law Society response

    We have responded to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' consultation on biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements.

    11 February 2019
    Consultation response

    Take action against the probate stealth tax

    We are calling on our members to write to their local MP to urgently raise concerns regarding the government's attempt to raise probate fees.

    8 February 2019

    Legal Ombudsman business plan 2019/20 consultation

    We have responded to the Legal Ombudsman's consultation on its proposed business plan for 2019/20.

    4 February 2019
    Consultation response
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