The Law Society of Northern Ireland engages in the process of policy and law reform to ensure adequate regard is given to the interests of the profession and to the public interest. Given the unique role played by solicitors, the Society considers itself uniquely placed to inform policy and law reform discourse relating to justice issues.
As it contributes to policy and law reform discourse, the Society endeavours to ensure adequate regard is given to human rights and equality considerations and to the need to ensure justice is accessible for those who seek it. Where the Society identifies a matter of public interest which presents a case for reform it will raise awareness of this within Government and advocate for reform.
Since the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly the Society has actively engaged with a number of Minister and MLAs on a range of issues. The Society meets with each party’s justice spokesperson on a regular basis to discuss issues of interest to the Society and the Assembly.
The Society continues to engage with the Westminster Government on un-devolved issues, including criminal justice and the regulation of the insurance industry. Increasingly the Society has found that legislative developments are emerging from the European Union and the Society has established a permanent presence in Brussels through the Law Societies Brussels Office, which is a joint venture with our sister Societies in England & Wales and Scotland.
For information on the issues which the Society is active on please consult the section Policy Issues. Details of current policy proposals which the Society have been asked to comment upon can be found in the section Current Consultation Papers.