What is the Law Society?

The Law Society is a union for solicitors, and might also be described as a trade organisation for solicitors. They also have rights over the training, and qualification of undergraduate, and graduate lawyers. The main philosophy behind the conception of the Law Society was to offer, paid or unpaid, services and provide social justice for their clients.

Around mid 1500s there were two categories of legal profession, the first one was barristers and the second one was attorneys and solicitors. Solicitors usually dealt with landed estates, and attorneys helped their clients during lawsuits. With time, the two sorts combined, and a common name solicitors was embraced. Although there were many excellent solicitors, there were also some pettifoggers and vipers, who were insulting their very own profession by wrong practices.

In 1923 well known attorneys called a meeting, and they agreed that they should have form the London Law Institution where the service was properly offered, and standards were set. The term London was used to show that the society will enhance the whole nation’s services, and show their aspirations.

The society was formed on 2 june 1825. The society came to be known as the Law Society, although the formal title was The Society of Attorneys, Solicitors, Proctors, and others not being Barristers, who practiced in the court of Law and Equity of the United Kingdom. Then in 1903, the society changed its official name to The Law Society.

The society first proceeded to work against fraudulent practitioners. They got the right to investigate the accounts of a practitioner, and to award them with annual practicing certificates. The society also has an office, Consumer Complaint Service, that deals with complaints regarding solicitors.

Numerous lectures have been delivered in the Law Society with a focus towards improving their standards. Proper legal education was essential to improve the status of the profession. The Solicitors act of 1860 gave the society rights to set up an examination system. The society also went on to create their very own school of Law, which later became the College of Law. Later on, it became necessary for clerks to have one academic year.

The society had a strong agenda from the beginning, which enabled it to have powerful connections with the Government. The fact that they independently waged war against deceitful practitioners, was enough to bring them out into the open, and have a special relationship with the Government on the Law reform, and the formulation of legal policy. Today the society monitors, and maintains validating control over undergraduates and post graduates, training contracts, and ensure continuing professional development.

The services provided by this society have increased since it was formed. The society has a library, and a dining club to add to its impressive brochure. Due to the Gazette, that was launched in 1903, interactions between parties received a welcome boost. By 1959, advice to members on costs, licensed practice, and office management was made available. A Researh Unit was founded in 1988 that published a detailed analysis into the profession as well.