About the Society of Labour Lawyers

The Society of Labour Lawyers was founded in 1948 by Gerald Gardiner QC, who later became Lord Chancellor in the 1964 Government of Harold Wilson and was responsible for establishing the Law Commission.

The Society is the pre-eminent professional association for lawyers on the left of politics and supports the Labour Party in developing legal policy and advising on legal proposals. We provide a forum for our members to discuss, debate and campaign on current political and legal issues and a meeting point for like-minded lawyers from a wide variety of backgrounds and practice areas.

We seek to promote change of the legal and justice system to embed the principles of justice and equality in the law and to work for a fairer society. Through this work we provide a focus for legal concerns throughout the Labour movement. Our members provide specialist advice to the Labour Party front bench on a range of legal issues through our specialist groups.

Our members are proud to be members of the Labour Party and range from students to magistrates to academics to judges, and above all we are concerned to uphold the rule of law and to restore to everyone the access to justice which is their right.

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