About Manchester Law Society

Manchester Law Society is the most active and vibrant local law society in the country.

As the largest legal community outside London, and with over 4,200 members, we are proud to represent and support the legal profession in the Manchester region, which is a flourishing commercial, cultural and sporting centre.

We offer a wide range of benefits and services to our members, including:

  • Networking, referrals, lobbying and industry sounding board
  • A comprehensive programme of training and professional development conferences and seminars
  • A monthly magazine, The Messenger, and our weekly e-newsletter covering the local legal scene and topical issues
  • A dynamic and interesting social calendar, featuring events such as the Manchester Professionals Networking Club, the Manchester Legal Awards and the Posh Pub Quiz
  • Access to MLS Advantage, a group of carefully selected partners who offer preferential rates and services to our members in various sectors
  • A voice in how our profession is run, through our Council and Committees, and our representation at the national Law Society

Our history dates back to 1838, when the Society was founded by a group of solicitors who met at the Albion Hotel in Manchester. Since then, we have had many distinguished members and presidents, some of whom have become judges, including the first solicitor appointed to the High Court Bench, The Hon. Mr Justice Sachs.

In 1993, we were honoured that one of our own Council Members, Mr Rodger Pannone, was elected President of the Law Society nationally.

We welcome all solicitors, barristers and their fee earners, whether they work in private practice, in-house, or in the public sector, and have strong affiliations with our Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group, Manchester Young Solicitors Association and the Black Solicitors Network North.

If you are interested in joining us, please visit our membership page for more information or you can also contact our Chief Executive, Fran Eccles-Bech, on 0161 667 8086 or [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you and being part of your legal community.