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The Law Society in the regions

12 April 2018

Engaging with our members across England and Wales is central to our activity. In doing so, we keep on top of emerging trends and issues that impact you and your businesses and are able to provide you with high quality, targeted support. 

In the first quarter of 2018 our regional activity included a meeting of the Society’s Council in Manchester, emphasising the Law Society’s role in representing, promoting and supporting solicitors across the whole of England and Wales. This provided Council Members the opportunity to engage with local members of the profession and a wide range of stakeholders, and gain valuable insight into the local legal economy.

During this period our Office Holders and CEO travelled the length and breadth of the country meeting members and stakeholders in:

  • Exeter
  • Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  • London
  • Cambridge
  • Birmingham
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool

This engagement has been invaluable in providing real-life examples of issues and challenges that can help influence discussions with external stakeholders and promote the profession. If you would like to invite an Office Holder to meet with your Society and discuss local challenges, please contact your Relationship Manager.

We have also undertaken several thematic activities across the regions based on learnings from our member engagement.

1. Apprenticeships

You told us that although you were keen to attract talent into your firms, many of you were not using the apprenticeship framework or levy to do so. We therefore hosted two events, in London and Leeds, during National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), to celebrate apprenticeships and to provide members with guidance on running successful apprenticeship programmes. The presentations inspired delegates across the profession (including both small and large firms, in-house and local law societies) to consider utilising the levy and to be innovative in their approach.

Further information on our guidance and support is available on our Apprenticeships page.

2. Diversity and inclusion

You told us that you would like to share ideas and learn best practice around the many tenets of diversity and inclusion for our profession. As a result, we set up a number of regional diversity and inclusion forums in cities including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and London. These forums are organised on a regular basis and allow members to discuss a wide range of topics such as our Diversity and Inclusion Charter, hiring people with disabilities and the gender pay gap.

If you would like to participate in an existing forum or would like to explore setting up a forum in your area, please contact your Relationship Manager.

3. Anti-money laundering

You told us that you were concerned about your compliance with the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. We therefore ran a series of free money laundering reporting officer networking sessions in the regions, to provide a forum for you to discuss your concerns. These took place in Southampton, Norwich, Maidstone, Sheffield, Newcastle, London, Leicester, Guildford, Cambridge, Bristol and Chester during the first quarter of 2018.

We have also continued with our ongoing engagement programme, which includes events, training courses, roundtables and member meetings. We are continually looking at ways in which we can enhance our regional activities to better represent and support you. If you have any suggestions please contact your Relationship Manager.