Legal Organisations

A handy list of legal organisations in the United Kingdom that can help you pinpoint legal advice.

Lawyers in Local Government

Formed in 2013, Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) represents and promotes the interest of local government legal officers who work in a local authority. With eleven branches in England and Wales, the organisation has several special activity areas, including Children's Services, Adult Social Care and Health, and Highways/Environment.

The Courts Service

HM Courts and Tribunals Service exists to provide support for the administration of justice in courts and tribunals. The organisation is responsible for the administration of tribunals, criminal, civil and family courts in order to provide a 'fair, efficient and effective justice system', allowing the public to get access to justice according to their needs.

The Law Society

An independent professional body who represent solicitors in England and Wales to promote the highest standards of professionalism. They also provide advice and support for the general public who are seeking representation from a solicitor. It also includes the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which deals with regulatory and disciplinary matters.


This organisation provides support to solicitors who want to give their skills to help individuals and community groups that cannot afford to get legal representation through legal aid. The organisation brokers free legal help by working with member law firms and teams of in-house counsel, as well as mediators, law students and solicitors who have been made redundant.

Law Society of Scotland

Created in 1949 without government funding, the Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solititors. They represent and regulate practising solicitors in Scotland, and aim to promote high levels of professionalism, reputation and performance. The organisation is made up of solicitor members in all Scottish constituencies covering the whole country.


The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) provides access to freely-accessible public legal information. With 90 databases covering seven jurisdictions, there is a huge 36 gigabytes of free legal information and materials within 297,513 searchable documents and files. It is made available for the benefit of the public on a subscription-free basis.

Public Prosecution Service NI

The PPS (Public Prosecution Service) is established by the commencement of the Justice (NI) Act 2002. The Act defines the Public Prosecution Service, its statutory duties and commitments and the legislative framework within which it provides its services. The PPS is designed to incorporate good practice on a national and international basis.

Association of Women Solicitors

The AWS (Association of Women Solicitors) promotes and supports the role of women solicitors throughout their careers, campaigning on issues that are important to women in the legal profession, promoting their interests and opposing discrimination. Founded in 1923, the association members are made up of solicitors, trainee solicitors, law students and paralegals.