The Law Society believes - as one may imagine - that whoever wins the general election should put access to justice at the heart of their plans for post-Brexit Britain. This is the driving motivation behind the Society's report General election 2017: Our vision for law and justice.
Unveiling the five-point plan, Law Society president Robert Bourns said:
The legal sector in England and Wales underpins the UK economy [...] Legal services emply and train more than 380,000 people - the sector was worth £25.7bn in 2015 and it's growing.
The Law Society's calls include:
- Reinstate legal aid for early advice, particularly in housing and family law
- Negotiate access for UK lawyers to practise law across the EU, base themselves in the EU, and have rights of audience and legal professional privilege in EU courts
- Ensure civil justice co-operation is maintained with the EU in the interest of consumers, families and businesses
- Combat modern slavery by enforcing the Mordern Slavery Act 2015 and allocating the necessary resources to protect victims
- Scrap the current employment tribunal fee system