Membership & the benefits

Liverpool Law Society is a membership organisation for legal professionals in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.  Solicitors, barristers, legal executives, licensed conveyancers, costs lawyers, notaries, members of the judiciary, academics in law and others in the legal profession including non-legal professionals are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership.

Top 10 membership benefits

  1. Have your interests represented at the highest levels both locally and nationally.
  2. Raise your profile in the local legal and business community and make a difference
  3. Meet your peers, gain knowledge and expertise, discuss topical issues and make your voice heard by joining the Society’s specialist committees
  4. Take advantage of links with other professional associations and the region’s economic bodies
  5.  Interact with senior members of the judiciary, and civic and business leaders from the Liverpool City Region
  6. Enjoy preferential rates on training, business networking and social events
  7. Receive referrals via the Society from members of the public who contact the Society’s office asking for legal advice.  Member firms are listed on our 'Find a lawyer' page
  8. Take up free associate membership of the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce
  9. Free subscription and the opportunity to contribute to ‘Liverpool Law’, the monthly members’ magazine
  10.  Free access to the University of Liverpool Law Library

 


 Information on Types of Membership

There are two different types of membership offered to solicitors: Corporate and Individual

Member firms can make a choice between "individual" membership, where each individual solicitor in a firm is responsible for their own subscription, and corporate membership, where the firm pays a subscription based on the number of solicitors in that firm.

All membership is subject to formal election at the Society's monthly General Committee meeting.  For this reason, we ask applicants not to forward any payment when applying for membership as an invoice will be issued after election.

The Society's subscription year runs from 1st June - 31st May and annual invoices are issued to all members on 1st June each year.

Anyone becoming a member part-way through the year will have their subscription apportioned accordingly.

Legal Executives are included free under Corporate Membership or can pay for an individual membership.  Note their membership is of associated status.

The areas referred to throughout are as follows:

AREA A:

The City of Liverpool, the Metropolitan Boroughs of Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton; and Widnes and Neston in the County of Cheshire.

AREA B:

Any area outside Area A.

Please note that, in accordance with Article 28.2.1 of the Society’s Articles of Association, it is a condition of membership of a member who is a partner in a firm in AREA A, that the other partners in the firm are also members. Also note that, in accordance with Article 31.2.1 of the Articles, members within AREA A shall be entitled to full membership with full voting rights and members in AREA B shall be affiliate or associate members with no voting rights. The Articles of Association of the Liverpool Law Society are available for inspection.  Please use the Contact Us form on this website. 

 



The different Categories of membership of the Society are:

(A) Full membership - Any solicitor residing, practising or employed within Area A shall be entitled to be admitted as a full member of the Society with voting rights.

 (B) Affiliated membership - Any other solicitor who does not qualify for full membership above, may apply to become an affiliated member of the Society, without voting rights.

 (C) Associated membership - Any other member of the legal profession may apply to become an associated member of the Society with approval of the Committee, without voting rights.

 



Solicitors' Corporate Membership

The Society offers a corporate membership to legal practices including in-house legal departments.  This has the benefit of saving money on individual membership fees.  Also included free in law firms' corporate membership are Legal Executives and trainees who will be charged the preferential member rate on training courses and other events if they are employed by a corporate member firm. 

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Legal Professionals Corporate Membership

The Society offers an alternative corporate membership for other branches of the legal profession including legal executives, licensed conveyancers, trademark attorneys, patent agents, notaries and costs lawyers/draftsmen. The membership includes the same benefits as the solicitors corporate membership although your membership type is associate.

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Individual Membership

 The Society's standard membership for individuals in the legal profession which includes the benefits as listed above.

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Barrister Membership

The Society offers Barristers individual membership or, if their Chambers requires, a corporate membership.  The Society has a range of training events which are Bar Standards Board accredited.  You also receive invites at the preferential member rate to the range of social and networking events put on by the Society. 

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Educational Establishment Membership

The Society offers membership to educational establishments. This entitiles all people under the membership to recieve preferential member rates on many events and to recieve digital copies of the Liverpool Law magazine. 

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