The main role of the society is to support the profession locally, offer training, social events and represent members’ interests.
The society is able to offer advice to members of the public on the following matters
- Finding a local solicitor with a particular specialism.
- Tracing a solicitor or firm where there has been a change of name, merger or closure.
THE SOCIETY ITSELF DOES NOT OFFER LEGAL ADVICE
We are pleased to offer our members the following services
- Range of CPD courses covering all aspects of practice.
- The arrangement of ad hoc meetings and presentations on matters of interest to the profession.
- Opportunities to meet with other solicitors within the area via our social events including the Annual Dinner.
- Liaison with and representation to the Law Society on professional matters.
- The publication of a regular magazine, HAMPSHIRE LEGAL, containing news and articles of special interest to local practitioners.
The Society is managed by an Executive Committee and is divided up into various sub-committees – a list of these and the appropriate contact for each is listed below. The committee meet bi-monthly throughout the year at members’ offices and are elected annually at the AGM. (link to social events page)
In 1892 the solicitors of Portsmouth and Southampton got together with a view to forming an association which would be able to liaise on their behalf with the national Law Society, and at the same time form a local body who could help members of the profession in carrying out their tasks, give an opportunity for members to meet each other and help the general public in their search for local firms to assist them with their legal problems. It was agreed that the society should operate within the geographical county of Hampshire (then known as the county of Southampton.) The Society became incorporated in 1897.