City Law Soc kickstarts lobbying campaign

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) announced today (5 March) its plan to intensify its lobbying campaigns.

The CLLS, which represents 12,000 solicitors whose combined billing power is in excess of £16bn, will be pushing hard to ensure there are appropriate facilities in London for commercial dispute resolution and adequate training for City lawyers.

The society will also be focusing its efforts on ensuring that there is a proportionate and effective regulatory framework as the Legal Services Bill saga rumbles on and issues around the Professional Code of Conduct are assessed.

Outside of the campaigns arena, the CLLS are committed to expanding its web facilities and in establishing an e-briefing system for its members during 2007.

Last year saw the CLLS successfully set up a corporate membership with 50 firms joining the representative body. It also launched a new associates forum as well as a professional rules and regulation committee.

David McIntosh, Chairman of the CLLS, explained that the society’s membership was growing on a weekly basis.

He said: “The needs of business clients and their legal advisers are our exclusive concern and we intend to continue to work hard to represent their interests as CLLS expands and becomes ever more influential.”