Law Society of England and Wales

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Lobbying Costs

100,000€ - 199,999€

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.5 Fte (3)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Law Society of England and Wales   (LSEW)

    EU Transparency Register

    38020227042-38 First registered on 27 Oct 2011

    Goals / Remit

    The Law Society is the representative body for over 200,000 solicitors in England and Wales. The Law Society negotiates on behalf of the profession and makes representation to regulators and government, including the EU institutions.

    Two other bodies are part of the Law Society but operate independently. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates solicitors in England and Wales, as well as registered European lawyers and registered foreign lawyers. Established in January 2007, it is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society dealing with all regulatory and disciplinary matters, and setting, monitoring and enforcing standards for solicitors across England and Wales. It acts solely in the public interest.

    Main EU files targeted

    Monitoring of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement implementation
    Dossiers related to the Withdrawal Agreement
    UK wish to accede o the Lugano Convention
    Commission proposal on the EU accession to The Hague 2019 Convention COM(2021) 388 final
    Following trade negotiations - EU-Australia, EU-New Zealand, EU work in the WTO (JSIs on e-commerce and domestic regulation)
    Following digital dossiers – Digital Services Act, EU AI Act, ePrivacy Regulation


    Head Office
    Chancery Lane, 113
    London WC2A 1PL
    EU Office
    Chancery Lane, 113
    London WC2A 1PL


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 24 Sep 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Rita Giannini 06 May 2021 06 May 2022
    Ms Rita Giannini 21 May 2020 06 May 2021
    Ms Helena Raulus 13 Mar 2020 01 Apr 2021
    Ms Anna Drozd 20 Sep 2019 19 Sep 2020
    Mr Marcus CORRY 20 Sep 2019 19 Sep 2020
    Ms Rita Giannini 29 May 2019 21 May 2020
    Ms Helena Raulus 28 Mar 2019 13 Mar 2020
    Mr Eoin LAVELLE 21 Sep 2018 01 Oct 2019
    Ms Anna Drozd 05 Sep 2018 20 Sep 2019
    Ms Rita Giannini 19 Jun 2018 29 May 2019
    Ms Helena Raulus 26 Apr 2018 28 Mar 2019
    Mr Eoin LAVELLE 31 Aug 2017 22 Aug 2018
    Ms Anna Drozd 03 Aug 2017 02 Aug 2018
    Ms Rita Giannini 27 Jun 2017 19 Jun 2018
    Ms Helena Raulus 05 May 2017 26 Apr 2018
    Mr Mickael Laurans 22 Aug 2016 02 Aug 2017
    Ms Anna Drozd 22 Aug 2016 03 Aug 2017
    Ms Rita Giannini 30 Jun 2016 28 Jun 2017
    Ms Helena Raulus 21 Apr 2016 19 Apr 2017
    Mr Mickael Laurans 09 Sep 2015 23 Aug 2016
    Ms Anna Drozd 02 Sep 2015 23 Aug 2016
    Ms Rita Giannini 07 Jul 2015 01 Jul 2016
    Ms Helena Raulus 16 Apr 2015 14 Apr 2016
    Ms Anna Drozd 27 Sep 2014 02 Sep 2015
    Mr Mickael Laurans 11 Sep 2014 09 Sep 2015
    Ms Emilie Balbirnie 18 Mar 2014 15 Mar 2015
    Ms Carolyn Thurston Smith 05 Mar 2014 04 Mar 2015
    Ms Cate Nymann 01 Mar 2014 06 Jan 2015
    Mr Mickael Laurans 16 Oct 2013 11 Sep 2014
    Ms Carolyn Thurston Smith 06 Apr 2013 05 Mar 2014
    Ms Cate Nymann 06 Apr 2013 01 Mar 2014
    Ms Joanna Kielty 08 Nov 2012 02 Oct 2013
    Mr Mickael Laurans 06 Oct 2012 02 Oct 2013
    Mr Mickael Laurans 28 Sep 2012 29 Sep 2012
    Ms Joanna Kielty 21 Sep 2012 22 Sep 2012
    Ms Carolyn Thurston Smith 19 Sep 2012 01 Mar 2013

    Complementary Information

    The above figure represents the share of the full time equivalent (FTE) that is dedicated to carrying out the activities covered by the register in the name of the Law Society of England and Wales by its Brussels Office. The Brussels Office was shared between the Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Scotland and Law Society of Northern Ireland. It closed in October 2022.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade unions and professional associations

  • Networking


    The Law Society is a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
    The Law Society is also member of the European Services Forum and European Company Lawyers Association.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    100,000€ - 199,999€

    Other financial info

    This figure represents a proportion of the Law Society’s contribution to the operation of its Brussels office, which is operated jointly with the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

    Up until its closure in October 2022, the Brussels Office was a member of the British Chamber of Commerce for EU and Belgium and the European Policy Centre. Also, three staff working in the Brussels office were members of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP).

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    The Law Society’s representational activities at the EU level focus primarily on issues that affect the regulation of the legal profession and the way in which lawyers practise. In particular, these include the Directives on lawyers, legislation on the provision of services, competition law as it applies to professional services, international trade in services, anti-money laundering legislation and policy that impacts on questions of deontology.

    The Law Society’s activities also cover other areas of EU legal policy that are pertinent to solicitors’ areas of practice and to the advice they give to their clients. This includes a broad range of policy areas including civil law, company law and financial services, competition law, criminal law, consumer law, employment law, environment law, family law, intellectual property law, and tax law.

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 20 Sep 2016 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject Transparency
      Cabinet Cabinet of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans
      Portfolio Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
      • Antoine Colombani (Cabinet member)
      • Michelle Sutton (Cabinet member)
    • Date 23 Feb 2016 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject Equal pay, Work life balance
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Věra Jourová
      Portfolio Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
      • Věra Jourová (Commissioner)
      • Kevin O'Connell (Cabinet member)
    • Date 15 Jan 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject DSM - European Contract Sale Law - e-commerce
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip
      Portfolio Digital Single Market
      • Vivian Loonela (Cabinet member)
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