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Law Society of Northen Ireland

Identification number in the register: 07797487044-04
Registration date: 27/10/2011 16:51:55

The information on this entity was last modified on: 21/04/2015 13:07:03
The date of the last annual update was: 21/04/2015 13:07:03
Next update due latest on: 21/04/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Law Society of Northen Ireland


Established by Royal Charter in 1922

    Section of registration

II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations

Trade and business associations

    Contact details

Victoria Street, 96
Belfast BT1 3GN

(+44) 028 9023 1614

Avenue des Nerviens 85
Brussels 1040

(+32) 27438585

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Alan Hunter

Chief Executive

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Mickael Laurans

Head of Joint Brussels Office

    Goals / remit

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.

  • European
  • national

    Specific activities covered by the Register

4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive COM(2013) 45 final or 2013/0025 (COD)
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
Market stability reserve, COD 2014/011
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
Review of the Common European Sales Law

Competition Section Events:
19 March 2015 - Defending our right to good administration: The role of the European Ombudsman in competition cases
4 December 2014 - Towards the Juncker Commission and a new EU Parliament – What to expect?
16 September 2014 - Dawn raids
23 June 2014 - Birth of the EU Damages Directive - overcoming the challenges and finding workable compromises
7 May 2014 - Multi-jurisdictional monitoring trustee assignments
20 January 2015 - Brussels Office Joint reception with EU Stakeholders (speakers from DG JUST and EP JURI)
Position papers:
(2014) Proposal for a Directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing
(2014) Online public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP)







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.

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 13   50%: 1  



The above figure represents the entire number of the Brussels office in the period from 2014 to 2015 (which also includes staff who left).

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Taxation
  • Trade

    Membership and affiliation

The Law Society represents ca. 2,300 solicitors in Northern Ireland:

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

10/2013  -  10/2014

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).

    Code of conduct

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: