In the document, published on Friday, the Society lays out its top five priorities which include enforcing the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, continuing civil justice cooperation with the EU, and negotiation of reciprocal rights of practice, audience and legal professional privilege for UK solicitors across the EU's 28 nations. It also focuses on the reinstatement of legal aid for early advice in housing and family law (which was ended by the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act).
The legal profession has made its views known on the election. The question that remains is whether our politicians will take any notice?
Society president Robert Bourns said: 'The legal sector of England and Wales underpins the UK economy - our law enables global commerce so it is vital that however Britain is led after the election, reciprocal arrangements are negotiated so our lawyers can practise law in the EU. Legal services employ and train more than 380,000 people - the sector was worth £25.7bn in 2015 and it's growing. Every time turnover in the legal sector goes up by £1, it creates £1.39 in the wider economy.' Bourns added: 'Early legal advice prevents difficult societal and personal situations escalating. So if you've a problem with housing, how immeasurably better it is to solve that before you and your family become homeless - which is also likely to cost the taxpayer far more than the initial legal advice.'