WHAT WE DO
Provide legal assistance to Parliamentarians in relation to policy and legislation
Publish pamphlets on legal matters
Hold meetings to discuss topical issues
Provide speakers and assists in finding candidates
The Society is keen to encourage new members who would like to be actively involved with this important work and who have interests and expertise which they feel would be valuable to the Society.
CHAIR OF RESEARCH SCL – LORD SANDHURST QC
“We have an active research programme with many practising lawyers contributing to pamphlets and papers which the Society will publish over the coming months.”
The Society of Conservative Lawyers was founded in 1947 and since then has provided a regular input to Conservative thinking and Conservative Party manifestos.
Its aims and objectives are to:
Support the Conservative and Unionist Party
Uphold the principles of justice and democracy
Consider and promote reforms in the law
Act as a centre for discussion of Conservative ideas
Provide speakers and assist in finding candidates
Promote and assist in the publication of literature
Behind these objectives lies a vigorous organisation with a proud history which has helped influence Conservative policy in a range of areas since its inception. The Society has produced generations of parliamentary candidates from its ranks and many great post-war parliamentarians have been active members of the Society both before and after entering Parliament.
The Society has 400 members many of whom are eminent silks and leading solicitors as well as senior Peers and Members of Parliament with a legal background.
The Society provided research and drafting assistance to many frontbench teams as they prepared for the last election and a significant number of SCL Members were among those newly elected to Parliament.
THE RT HON THE LORD HOWARD OF LYMPNE QC
“The Society of Conservative Lawyers has an outstanding reputation.
"A great many key figures in the Conservative Party have been closely associated with the Society and have served it with great loyalty.”
WHO WE ARE
The Rt Hon The Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT
The Rt Hon The Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC
The Rt Hon The Lord Clarke of Nottingham CH QC
Sir Ivan Lawrence QC
The Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Sir Bob Neill MP
VICE CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Simon Randall CBE
CHAIR OF RESEARCH
Lord Sandhurst QC
VICE CHAIR OF RESEARCH
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Jill Andrew, Benet Brandreth QC, Robert Courts MP, Jonathan Fisher QC, Andrew Kidd, Matthew Kinghorn (Younger Members Coordinator), Laura Farris MP, Lorinda Long, Anthony Seymour, Isabel Steinmetz, Rory White-Andrews, David Wolfson QC
CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SIR BOB NEILL MP
“It is a privilege to become Chair of the Executive Committee. I pay tribute to the outstanding work of my predecessor, Victoria Prentis MP, and congratulate her upon her richly deserved appointment to the Government.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to maintain the Society’s reputation for high quality research on legal, constitutional and related policy areas, and ensuring that the importance of our work to provide robust legal though and analysis continues to be fully recognised in the development of Party and Government policy.”