Solicitors reveal wish for better representation by Law Society

Solicitors want the Law Society to be a strong representative body over and above providing member services or influencing public policy, a profession-wide consultation has shown.

The Law Society’s ‘Have Your Say’ survey targeted solicitors in England and Wales and garnered responses from nearly 19,000 lawyers, or 17 per cent of the profession.

The preliminary results, released last week (15 May), showed that 50 per cent of respondents want the Law Society to represent the views of the solicitor’s profession. A third of the profession wants the society to provide services to members, while 19 per cent think it should focus on influencing legislation.

‘Have Your Say’ follows the split in the society’s regulatory and representative functions, which came a result of the Clementi review. It was designed to allow the profession to dictate what the Law Society’s principal role should be in the future.

The profession said it wants the Law Society to carry out work on areas of practice and procedure rather than work in the public interest or on broad areas of public policy.

Respondents were split evenly between practice sizes, but nearly a third (4,804) were based in London.