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Profile of registrant

Law Society of England and Wales

Identification number in the register: 38020227042-38
Registration date: 27/10/11 16:30:09

The information on this organisation was last modified on 30/09/14 09:37:13
The date of the last annual update was 30/09/14 09:37:13

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Law Society of England and Wales
Acronym: LSEW
Legal status: Incorporated by Royal Charter dating from 1845
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Paul Coen
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Mickael Laurans
Position: Head of Brussesl Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 113 Chancery Lane 
London WC2A 1PL
Telephone number: (+44) 2072421222
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Law Societies Joint Brussels Office
Avenue Des Nerviens 85 box 10
1040 Brussels

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Law Society is the representative body for over 145,000 solicitors in England and Wales. The Law Society negotiates on behalf of the profession and makes representation to regulators and government, including the EU institutions.

Two other bodies are part of the Law Society but operate independently. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates solicitors in England and Wales, as well as registered European lawyers and registered foreign lawyers. Established in January 2007, it is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society dealing with all regulatory and disciplinary matters, and setting, monitoring and enforcing standards for solicitors across England and Wales. It acts solely in the public interest. The Legal Complaints Service (LCS) is an independent body handling complaints against solicitors. The functions of the LCS will by law pass to a new body, “the Office of Legal Complaints" (which will assume control of all complaints handling against all lawyers e.g. Barristers and Solicitors in England and Wales) in late 2010 following which the LCS will be closed.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Mickael Laurans 11/09/14 10/09/15
Carolyn Thurston Smith 05/03/14 03/03/15
Emilie Balbirnie 18/03/14 14/03/15
Anna Drozd 27/09/14 15/09/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The Law Society’s representational activities at the EU level focus primarily on issues that affect the regulation of the legal profession and the way in which lawyers practise. In particular, these include the Directives on lawyers, legislation on the provision of services, competition law as it applies to professional services, international trade in services, anti-money laundering legislation and policy that impacts on questions of deontology.

The Law Society’s activities also cover other areas of EU legal policy that are pertinent to solicitors’ areas of practice and to the advice they give to their clients. This includes a broad range of policy areas including civil law, company law and financial services, competition law, criminal law, consumer law, employment law, environment law, family law, intellectual property law, and tax law.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Environment
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Taxation
  • Trade


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

The Law Society is a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). The Society’s memberships include the International Bar Association, Union Internationale des Avocats, International Financial Services London, European Services Forum (ESF), LawAsia, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the UK India Business Council and the China Britain Business Council.

The Law Society’s Brussels office is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. All staff working in the Brussels office involved in making representations to the EU institutions are members of the Society of European Affairs Professionals.

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2010 - 03/2011
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 100000  € - 150000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

This figure represents a proportion of the Law Society’s contribution to the operation of its Brussels office, which is operated jointly with the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland. It is estimated according to the amount of staff time and other resources dedicated to the direct lobbying of the EU institutions. Other activities of the Brussels office, such the publication of information material to the solicitors’ profession and the organisation of events for practitioners have not been included. Other representational activities not directed to the EU institutions have not been included.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.