The professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, incorporated by royal charter in 1831. The Society exists both to further the professional interests of solicitors and to discharge important statutory functions in relation to the admission to practice, the conduct, and discipline of solicitors. It issues annual practising certificates to solicitors, without which they may not practise, and through its disciplinary committee may strike a solicitor's name off the roll or take other disciplinary action, subject to an appeal to the High Court. The Society is responsible for the examination of intending solicitors and organizes educational and training courses both through the College of Law and recognized universities.
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/home.law Website of the Law Society of England and Wales: includes guidance on finding and using a solicitor and advice on common legal problems