The library holds the Law Society's corporate archive collection dating back to the beginning of the Society in 1825. The corporate archive collection includes the Society's earliest corporate material such as minutes of its first meeting and Lewis Vulliamy's architectural drawings for the Society's Chancery Lane headquarters as well as our charters and grant of arms. The collection also includes publications on the regulation of the solicitors' profession, Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority responses to government consultations, Council and Committee papers and a range of photographs of past presidents. The corporate archive collection also includes a copy of all Law Society priced publications.
The Corporate archive policy provides details of the types of material designated for permanent retention within the corporate archive.
Please contact the library with details about the nature of your enquiry and library staff will search our database and other resources to see if we can find material on your subject. Read the Law Society archive policy (PDF)
Access to the corporate archive collection is governed by our access policy and is by appointment only. See also the access requirements for admission to the library.
If you have any questions regarding access to the collection or our access policy, please contact us. Read the Law Society access policy (PDF)
The Law Society believes in being open about what we do and we make a lot of information available via our website. Requests for information that may be found within the Society's corporate archive are dealt with under the Society's Freedom of Information code of practice.
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