113 Chancery Lane


About/History of the Law Society

The need for a law library was one of the key reasons for establishing the Society in the 1820s. Before the building work had even begun attorneys were encouraged to donate books for the collection. As a result today’s library has a comprehensive legal collection going back to the 16th Century. The Law Society itself is the professional body for solicitors of England and Wales.

The role of the Society is to regulate the profession; by acting as a trade union for solicitors as well as lobbying parliament on their behalf. And promoting solicitors interests in the media, as well as offering training and advice for solicitors.

The Law Society has been the centre of the legal world since 1832, and now resides at 133 Chancery Lane the Grade 2* building we see today. Only 5.5% of listed buildings in the UK fall under this prestigious category. It actually took over 75 years to acquire the site for the Law Society building we have today.

The sculptures at the front of the building of the ladies are by Charles Pibworth and represent Truth, Justice, Liberty and Mercy. At the time, they were known as the ‘lightly clad ladies’ for obvious reasons.

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