In our five year strategy, which takes us to 2020, we promise to INFLUENCE the creation of a fairer and more just society by being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership.

Our voice, which is respected throughout the world, communicates the views of our members and the clients they serve.

Our research, expertise and policy development influences civic society on the rule of law, access to justice, legal issues and the market for legal services.

Our work in legal education is recognised as ground breaking.

In year two of our five year strategy we will focus on:

  • UK withdrawal from the European Union
    We will provide a leading voice as the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union moves forward and ensure the interests of our members feature as decisions are taken on the country’s new relationship with Europe.
  • Public policy
    We will launch the work of our new public policy committee, with a focus on proactive policy development whilst responding to policy proposals of most relevance to the legal sector including plans for new British Bill of Rights.
  • CCBE Presidency
    We will host the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) biennial meeting in May 2017, welcoming over 150 lawyers from across Europe, and proudly supporting our past president Ruthven Gemmell in his year as CCBE president.
  • Legal aid
    We will build on our #Defendlegalaid campaign by arguing for an effective legal aid system as government reforms take shape and publishing new research on the preventative benefits of legal aid.
  • Technology and the justice system
    We will carry out research into the use of technology within our justice system, using successful case studies to identify options for improving access to justice, from public legal education through to dispute resolution.