Law Society of England and Wales
Incorporated by Royal Charter dating from 1845
II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Chancery Lane, 113
London WC2A 1PL
Avenue des Nerviens 85
Ms Dixon Catherine
Mr Mickael Laurans
Head of Brussels Office
The Law Society is the representative body for over 166,000 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 Office of Legal Complaints is an independent body handling complaints against all lawyers i.e. barristers and solicitors in England and Wales. It was established in late 2010.
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
Cloud Computing Expert Group
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.
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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 LSEW.
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The Law Society represents over 166,000 solicitors in England and Wales and many law firms. For more information: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/
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.
10/2014 - 10/2015
700,000 € - 799,999 €
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 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 (and associated activities, for example events for practitioners if they involve EU officials). Other activities of the Brussels office, such as the publication of information material to the solicitors’ profession. Other representational activities not directed to the EU institutions have not been included.
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 England and Wales are bound by the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2011: http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page.