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On The Web: Where to Find Law Societies Around The World

England and Wales

In England and Wales, barristers are represented by the Bar Council and regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Solicitors are represented by the Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


The two main branches of legal practitioners in Scotland are solicitors, governed by the Law Society of Scotland and advocates, governed by the Faculty of Advocates.

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission is the independent gateway for all public complaints about solicitors, advocates and commercial attorneys. Additionally, The Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal is an independent judicial body that deals with serious complaints of solicitor misconduct. 


In the Republic of Ireland, lawyers practise as either solicitors or barristers, and are governed nationally by the Law Society (solicitors) or the Bar Council (barristers).

Northern Ireland

The legal profession in Northern Ireland is divided. Solicitors are regulated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland. The Bar Council is responsible for the admission and conduct of barristers.

Isle of Man

Manx lawyers practise as advocates, combining the functions performed in England and Wales by solicitors and barristers, and are regulated by the Law Society.


In Jersey, lawyers practise as advocates and solicitors and are governed by the Law Society.