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Profile of registrant

Law Society of Northen Ireland

Identification number in the register: 07797487044-04
Registration date: 27/10/11 16:51:55

The information on this organisation was last modified on 30/09/14 09:26:54
The date of the last annual update was 30/09/14 09:26:54

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Law Society of Northen Ireland
Acronym: LSNI
Legal status: Established by Royal Charter in 1922
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  Alan Hunter
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Mickael Laurans
Position: Head of Joint Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 96 Victoria Street 
Belfast BT1 3GN
Telephone number: (+44) 028 9023 1614
Fax number: (+44) 028 9023 2606
Other contact information: Joint Law Societies Brussels Office
Avenue des Nerviens
1040 Brussels

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 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.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European

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

No accredited persons


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:
  • Consumer Affairs
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights


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 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.

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2010 - 03/2011
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
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 England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland. 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 as 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.