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Banging the legal aid, human rights, and diversity drums

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers talks to John van der Luit-Drummond about firefighting some of the most difficult issues Chancery Lane has ever had to face

24 November 2015

 

A criticism often levelled at the solicitor profession is its inability to bring its considerable lobbying weight to bear against the government, unlike the Bar, which often appears to get its way when critiquing policy with which it disagrees.

This is perhaps unsurprising when considering the disparate nature of the solicitor profession, comprised of more than 160,000 practitioners with numerous specialisms and competing interests. ?The Bar, by contrast, is more often likely to speak with one clear and resounding voice. 

So, who is to blame? Some point accusatory fingers at the Law Society itself, citing ineffectual leadership and lack of direction as the primary causes for failure. The motion of no confidence in the senior leadership, which passed in December 2013, is still fresh in the minds of many both within and outside Chancery Lane.

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