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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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    5 ways we work to help you

    In 2017 we asked you how we could improve our communication about the services we provide for you. Thanks to your feedback, we've fully revised your 2018 member handbook to clearly show what we offer to new and existing members. 

    6 August 2018

    Ray of light for justice system as High Court vindicates Law Society legal aid challenge

    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.

    3 August 2018
    Press release

    Parole Board Reconsideration consultation 2018 - Law Society response

    The Law Society has responded to the MoJ consultation 'Reconsideration of Parole Board decisions: creating a new and open system'.

    2 August 2018
    Consultation response

    House of Lords Committee call for evidence on the Bribery Act - Law Society response

    The Law Society, CLLS and Fraud Lawyers Association have responded to the House of Lords Committee call for evidence on the Bribery Act.

    1 August 2018
    Consultation response

    Cost of a day in court - New analysis by the Law Society

    The Law Society has carried out new analysis that reveals that an average day of court time costs at least £2,692.

    27 July 2018

    Cost of court time highlights need for early legal advice

    Properly funded early legal advice saves taxpayers' money says the Law Society following analysis showing the cost of running a courtroom for a day.

    27 July 2018
    Press release

    Court reform programme criticised by parliamentary committee

    A key parliamentary committee has criticised HM Courts and Tribunals Service's attempt to modernise the courts and tribunals system.

    20 July 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

    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

    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
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