The Law Society was first established in 1823 as 'The London Law Institution', by a group of solicitors determined to raise the reputation and standards of their profession. Two years later, it gained a new form when it dropped the qualifier 'London' and became instead 'The Law Society', a body with a managing committee and a national remit. In 1831 it obtained a royal charter, becoming a recognised body representing all those legal roles other than that of barrister, which had previously been looked down upon as relatively lowly.
Editors. "Law Society formed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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