Law Society of Northen Ireland
Established by Royal Charter in 1922
II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Victoria Street, 96
Belfast BT1 3GN
(+44)028 9023 1614
Avenue des Nerviens 85
Mr Alan Hunter
Mr Mickael Laurans
Head of Joint Brussels Office
The Law Society of Northern Ireland is a professional body, which has the authority to represent discipline, educate and regulate practising solicitors in Northern Ireland.
Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public. It carries out these functions to ensure that solicitors receive the highest level of support and that their clients receive the required standard of work.
Since its establishment in 1922 under Royal Charter, the Law Society of Northern Ireland has proven to be an exemplar of legal professionalism and service delivery. Undoubtedly its positive and contributory role has helped shape the legal system within Northern Ireland.
General Data Protection Regulation COM(2012) 11 final or 2012/0011 (COD)
Directive 2055/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and its revision (directive 2013/55/EU, COM 2011/883)
Communication on evaluating national regulations on access to professions COM(2013) 676 final
Evaluation of directives 77/249 and 98/5
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations
Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations
review of the European Transparency Register
Proposal for directive on fuels and energy from renewable sources, COD 2012/0288
Proposal for mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation, COM (2015)135
Financial transaction tax proposal, COM(2013)71, CNS 2013/0045
Special committee on tax rulings
Digital Single Market COM(2015) 192 final
Upgrading the Single Market COM(2015) 550/2
Competition Section Events:
4 December 2014 - Towards the Juncker Commission and a new EU Parliament – What to expect?
19 March 2015 - Defending our right to good administration: The role of the European Ombudsman in competition cases
29 June 2015 - Competition Section event: Current Issues in Cartel Enforcement & Policy
4 February 2016 - The role of the press in the competition investigations
16 September 2015 - Seminar - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): what does the future hold for legal profession?
1 December 2015 - Business and human rights
20 January 2015 - Brussels Office Joint reception with EU Stakeholders (speakers from DG JUST and EP JURI)
16 June 2015 - 25th anniversary of the Brussels Office - event and reception on the Rule of Law and Magna Carta
December 2015 - Law Society response to the European Commission's proposal on investment protection and resolution of investment disputes and the introduction of an investment court system
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.
The above figure represents the share of the full time equivalent (FTE) that is dedicated to carrying out the activities covered by the register in the name of the LSNI.
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The Law Society represents ca. 2,300 solicitors in Northern Ireland: http://www.lawsoc-ni.org/about-us/
The Law Society is a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
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 a member of the Society of European Affairs Professionals.
10/2014 - 10/2015
10,000 € - 24,999 €
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
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 England and Wales (ref no 38020227042-38) and the Law Society of Scotland (ref no 80169287043-57).
The overall figure for the Brussels office is the annual costs of its operations and includes staff time and resources dedicated to the direct lobbying of the EU institutions. These include events for practitioners and for stakeholders (those that involve EU officials). Other representational activities not directed to the EU institutions have not been included (these are, among others, the publication of information material to the solicitors’ profession).
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.
The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
Members of the Law Society of Northern Ireland are bound by the Solicitors Practice Regulations 2013: http://www.lawsoc-ni.org/fs/doc/TheSolicitorsPracticeRegulations1987%20as%20amended25%20June2013.pdf.