The Law Society of England and Wales is a professional body established by Royal charter which represents Solicitors. It works to promote and protect its members by lobbying and negotiating with the government, the profession’s regulatory bodies, and others.
The Law Society no longer deals with the regulation and training of Solicitors, or complaints against them. These areas are now handled by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Ombudsman.
The Society provides advice and assistance to its members on a wide variety of legal topics. It operates the Lexcel scheme, a practice management standard for firms of Solicitors, and set up the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) to promote a high level of service to Conveyancing clients.
Solicitors doing Conveyancing and other property work can belong to the Society’s Property Section. This keeps the all aspects of Conveyancing law and practice under review, as well as providing advice to members on changes in the law, and representing the views of members to the government and bodies such as the Land Registry.
The Society has for many years published Conditions of Sale which provide a standard set of terms to be incorporated into residential property contracts. It has also promoted the ‘TransAction’ scheme, which provides a standard protocol to be followed in residential Conveyancing transactions. This is intended to assist both Solicitors and their clients. The widely-used property information forms (such as the TA6) are published as part of this scheme.
For more information, visit the Law Society website.