Law Society in the dock

For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana's death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession's pro bono activities is legendary.

This week The Lawyer launches a new campaign: "Law Society in the dock." It is true that Chancery Lane's new leaders have embarked on a commendable attempt to reform the society. But our campaign is a valid contribution to the debate surrounding reform. Carping from the sidelines is not our aim. We will actively encourage independent debate on just what role the Law Society has to play. We want to remind the society's hopelessly inefficient council just how critical it is that they bite the bullet.

Our "Law Society in the dock" logo will be appearing in this newspaper from time to time to keep them on their toes.