Law Society of England and Wales
The Law Society exists to represent, promote and support all solicitors, so they in turn can help their clients.
They also work to ensure that no-one is above the law and to protect everyone's right to have access to justice. They promote England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice and the vital role legal services play in their economy.
They work internationally to open up markets to their members and to defend human rights while supporting their members with opportunities in the domestic market.
How they work
Solicitors pay their annual practising certificate fee to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Law Society receives around 30 per cent of this fee to support, represent and promote the profession.
Their other funding comes from commercial activities.
The Law Society Council governs their work, with Council members elected to represent members from England and Wales, including different demographic groups and parts of the profession.
They harness the knowledge of their Council members and around 300 volunteer board and committee members to deliver the advice, support and services their members want.
And they continually listen and respond to their members, so they can be sure they are meeting their needs.
Their work for members
The Law Society helps their current and future members by:
providing support, advice and guidance on areas of practice and management, tailored to members' individual needs
supporting equality, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, enabling and encouraging the best people to join regardless of their background
campaigning on legal issues of importance to their members and the public
acting as the approved regulator for solicitors, ensuring regulation is fair and proportionate while protecting the public.See more