The Cornwall Law Society is a countywide association of Solicitors, Notary Publics, Chartered Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers and trainees, made up of those who practise within the County of Cornwall or within 14 miles of it and currently has in the region of 300 members.
It is an autonomous organisation – there are nearly 150 similar societies throughout England and Wales – and is completely independent of The Law Society, which is the governing and regulatory body for the Profession as a whole.
The Society was formed in 1883 and its first President was Henry Sewell Stokes from Bodmin.
The present constitution was adopted in 1920 and amongst its Objects it cites: “The upholding of the character and status of the Solicitors practising within the County of Cornwall or within 14 miles thereof. The promotion of honourable professional practise. The suppression of malpractice. The settlement of points of practise. The decision of questions of professional welfare, usage, or of courtesy.”
Though the language may be a little archaic, we believe that the sentiments expressed are just as valid today as they were 100 years ago.
Today the society is a modern professional organisation, run by a voluntary committee drawn from the ranks of practising solicitors and supported by a paid administrator, who is responsible for arranging Continuing Education Courses to help Solicitors keep abreast of constant changes in the law, which in turn enables local firms to give their clients as good a service as can be found anywhere else in the country.
As one of the larger Local Law Societies, Cornwall law Society also make regular representations to legal and other government bodies on matters of current concern.