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Policy and Engagement

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 across the public, private and third sectors, the Society and its membership are uniquely placed to inform policy issues in relation to justice and beyond.

The Society regularly responds to consultations from a variety of Government Department and other stakeholders to outline the views of members and influence change on their behalf. 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.

The Society actively monitors the work of the NI Assembly and seeks to engage MLAs, Ministers, and government officials on a range of issues of interest to the Society. The Society also engages with the Westminster Government on reserved and excepted matters where relevant.

The Society has developed and maintains strategic relationships with key organisations and institutions, promotes the contribution of the legal services sector to the regional economy, represents the interests of those within the profession and influences the development of law and practice in NI.

The Society regularly engages with the Government, Lady Chief Justice’s Office, other professional organisations such as the Bar of Northern Ireland, and the business community through representatives such as the Confederation of British Industry.

The Society also engages regularly with the Law Societies in England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and participates in a programme of international engagement including liaison with the UK Law Societies’ joint office in Brussels.

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