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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: 30/09/2014 09:26:54
The date of the last annual update was: 30/09/2014 09:26:54

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    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/professional associations

Trade, business & professional associations

    Contact details

Victoria Street, 96
Belfast BT1 3GN

(+44) 028 9023 1614

(+44) 028 9023 2606

Joint Law Societies Brussels Office
Avenue des Nerviens
1040 Brussels

    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


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


    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

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

    Membership and affiliation

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

04/2010  -  03/2011

< 50,000  €

0 €

0 €

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.