Specialist Committees

 

The specialist sub-committees exist to enable exchange of information and views, to formulate responses to consultation papers and encourage debate on areas of mutual interest. 

Forums and special meetings are sometimes organised as a result in which wider participation from the Society’s members and beyond is encouraged.

To join a specialist sub committee
If you wish to join a committee please write in to the Chair or email the Society committees@liverpoollawsociety.org.uk stating which committee you would like to join. You should be a member of Liverpool Law Society.   Co-option to the sub-committee must then be approved by General Committee.

 Below are some of the sub committees you may wish to join:  


Access To Justice:

This committee was created in January 2012 prior to the implementation of the LASPO Act.  Its main remit is to look at access to legal advice and assistance particularly to those who are of limited means. The Committee encourages pro bono initiatives, and organises conferences and forums involving private sector lawyers, third sector agencies providing legal advice such as Citizens Advice and law centres, local universities’ law clinics, local authorities from the Liverpool City Region, and members of the local judiciary. The Committee also inputs into the agenda of Liverpool Law Society’s directors’ twice-yearly meetings with local councillors and MPs.

It has a membership of solicitors in private practice and third sector agencies including local university law clinics. It meets every couple of months, over a working lunch at Liverpool Law Society’s offices.

The Society feels there is still a continuing role for lobbying, particularly to elected representatives, and the meetings enable the Directors of the Society to highlight areas of injustice as they arise with a view to arguing for the re-opening of access to Legal Aid in the future.

 
In 2015, it was decided to set up a Joint Forum on Access to Advice.  The initial aim of the Forum was to create an arena where those advice giving bodies who were primarily affected by the cuts in Legal Aid that came into effect in April 2013 could meet and seek to bridge gaps between need and provision of advice. The Forum has sought to co-ordinate efforts in providing advice across the six local authority areas covered by the Liverpool Law Society (Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral, Halton, Sefton and Knowsley) and continues to meet twice a year.


Civil Litigation:
 
The Society’s Civil Litigation Committee is made up of a cross section of practitioners who work at all levels and within both Claimant and Defendant spheres. The Committee has an ongoing dialogue with the Courts and its Chair sits as a stakeholder with the CCMCC assisting with the development of policy. Members have active involvement in consultations with the MOJ and other bodies including the Civil Costs and Civil Procedure Rules Committees and are regularly invited to take part in discussions and working parties as a body able to present the interests of the individual and legal profession as a whole in areas which include:
 
Personal Injury
Commercial Litigation
Mediation
Debt Work
Insolvency
Housing
 
It is hoped more non PI lawyers will apply to sit on this sub committee.  
 


Criminal Practice:
This committee seeks to identify important issues, both local and national and to give voice to the concerns of the profession. The committee works with local court representatives so as to maintain mutual co-operation and ensure proper representation for members’ clients before the courts.  


Employment Law Committee:
This committee was formed in 2003 to discuss all matters relating to Employment law.  It is a lively forum and
– Discusses and shares best practice and the latest guidance from the Tribunals service.
– Engages in national consultation exercises about proposed changes to employment law,  practice and procedure.
– Provides feedback and raises issues via the local Employment Tribunal Users' Group.
– Arranges an Annual Employment Law Conference which attracts top speakers from across the UK 
 


Family Business:
The Committee is dedicated to promoting and providing excellent conferences and seminars to all family lawyers at a reasonable price. This year promises to be another challenging one for family lawyers. There is a real commitment in Liverpool and the wider area amongst family lawyers to promote an excellent standard of service combined with client care. We aim to continue to make a real difference. The committee meets five times a year for an hour at Liverpool Law Society’s offices. 


In-House:
The purpose of the committee, formed in 2018, is to offer in-house teams a forum to come together regularly, up to four  times a year, to arrange ad hoc events for in-house lawyers, exchange ideas and information amongst peers, discuss best practice, contribute ideas to Liverpool Law Society’s training programme, and respond to relevant consultation papers.
 


 
Non-Contentious Business Committee:
The Non-Contentious Business Committee is the Society’s forum for those aspects of non-contentious law which are not addressed by the more specific specialist sub-committees.  Much of the committee’s business involves private client (including wills and probate), company/commercial and property (including residential conveyancing and commercial property).  
 


Regulatory Committee:
The main focus of this committee is to look at and respond to consultation papers on legal professional topics from such bodies as the SRA, and to keep members of the Society informed of regulatory issues through articles in the Bulletin and other means.