We are currently reviewing the technology used to conduct and report back research with valued members of the Law Society Insights Community. While we undertake this review the Community platform will be unavailable for the next few weeks.
For those wishing to join the Community please watch this space for updates on how to get involved early in the new year.
Our current Community members have been advised of the short review and we will be back in touch shortly regarding improved opportunities for you to contribute on issues affecting the legal sector, and ways in which the Law Society can improve its value to the profession.
If you have any queries in the meantime feel free to get in touch with Steve King (firstname.lastname@example.org), Head of Research and Insight at the Law Society.
The Insights Community is an online community of Law Society members who contribute their views regularly on a range of issues, from government and regulators' proposals affecting the legal sector, to practice issues and ways in which the Society can improve its value to the profession. Opinions and experiences are mainly captured through short surveys and online discussions.
Currently, the panel has over 1,300 members from various legal backgrounds.
In return, we share with community members the insight developed - which serves as useful benchmarking information - and provide updates about how the society has used the feedback to represent, promote and support Insights members and fellow solicitors.
The main way that we share this insight is through the Insights newsletter.
The community is open to all Law Society members. Visit our website to join and you will be directed to a short registration form.
Once you have confirmed your email address, you will begin to receive study invitations.
Towards the end of 2015, Insights members had the opportunity to help the Law Society's CPD Centre team decide on a new name for the Law Society's CPD centre. The CPD Centre team went with the most popular name and in the future, thanks to Insights members, it will be known as Professional Development Centre.
In October 2014, the Law Society conducted a career satisfaction survey with 344 members of the Insights Community.
The research found that overall solicitors find their careers highly rewarding and feel that their work contributes to the success of the organisation.
To find out more, learn what risks legal employers face in the future and what the key drivers of employee departures are, download the full report (PDF 553kb).
In-house legal teams have long represented a cost-effective and efficient resource for businesses, however, recent research by the Law Society suggests that, while the majority of in-house teams are able to prove their value overall, there are significant areas for improvement.
New data from a survey of the Law Society’s membership suggests members’ online habits are rapidly evolving. We found 99 per cent of over 55s conduct online business research and that age and experience are no longer good indicators of whether legal professionals are digitally engaged today. This is despite evidence that younger members typically spend more time online. Our research also shows that digital usage tends to differ by sector.