The Society of Conservative Lawyers is an association of lawyers who support or are sympathetic to the aims of the Conservative Party. Members hold a range of different views within those parameters. All publications by the Society reflect he personal opinion of the author and do not represent legal advice or a corporate view of the Society.

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  • 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 – ANTHONY SPEAIGHT 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.”

 
 
PRESIDENT

The Rt Hon The Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT

VICE PRESIDENTS

The Rt Hon the Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

CHAIR

The Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE

CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Victoria Prentis MP

VICE CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Simon Randall CBE

HON TREASURER

Andrew Kidd

CHAIR OF RESEARCH

Anthony Speaight QC

VICE CHAIR OF RESEARCH

Matthew Gass

SECRETARY

Michael Poole-Wilson

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Sarah Bool, Robert Courts MP, Matthew Kinghorn (Younger Members Coordinator),  Lorinda Long, Bob Neill MP, Lord Sandhurst QC, Anthony Seymour, Isabel Steinmetz, David Wolfson QC (co-opted)

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY
CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
VICTORIA PRENTIS MP

“The Society has recently produced thought-provoking papers on a wide range of subjects including devolution, education policy and certain aspects of legal issues post-Brexit.

 

"Its stimulating events have explored issues such as intelligence and ethics, justice in the modern age, and the balance between liberty and security.

 

"The Society has been delighted to welcome the Lord Chancellor, the Home Secretary and the Solicitor General to recent events.”