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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.

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    Super regulator must reject uneven rules for solicitors

    News the SRA wants to push ahead with rule changes that will create different tiers of regulation within the solicitor profession has prompted the Law Society to urge the LSB to put the best interests of the public first.

    14 June 2018
    Press release

    End of barristers' strike does not mean end of criminal justice crisis

    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.

    12 June 2018
    Press release

    Court of protection highlights human cost of cuts

    The state must protect vulnerable people from being deprived of their liberty without proper legal safeguards, the Law Society of England and Wales said following a stinging ruling in the Court of Protection.

    25 January 2018
    Press release

    Our campaign for the reintroduction of legal aid for early advice

    Access to justice is a fundamental principle of democratic societies, which shapes much of our work. Whether it is our work supporting pro bono initiatives, or our campaigning on legal aid deserts, we work tirelessly to ensure the justice system is accessible to all. 

    13 December 2017

    Maintaining market access for lawyers post-Brexit

    A submission to government departments on the impact of Brexit.

    9 October 2017

    HMCTS proposals for a flexible operating hours pilot raises more concerns than solutions

    Speed, ease and efficiency are laudable objectives for the court system in England and Wales, but current proposals for a flexible operating hours pilot raise far more concerns than solutions. When the plan to pilot extended court opening hours was first announced in May, the Law Society warned HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that the scheme could heap more pressure on an already fragile system.

    4 August 2017

    Brexit white paper published and Justice Select Committee hearing on soft tissue claims

    Alexandra Cardenas looks at the progression of the Brexit bill and the government's consultation on soft tissue injury claims.

    7 February 2017

    Taxing times: Panama Papers

    Alexandra Cardenas considers the events around the Panama Papers and provides an update on European Referendum debate.

    15 April 2016

    Economic value of the legal services sector report

    New analysis shows that an 8,000 jobs boost follows each one per cent growth in legal services.

    22 March 2016

    Regulation of the profession

    Information about outcomes-focused regulation, professional indemnity insurance and all aspects of compliance with the SRA Code of Conduct 2011.

    24 February 2015
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