About Manchester Law Society

With 3,000 members you’re part of a strong and vibrant community.

Education and Information

You could quite easily get distracted by the breadth and quality of our legal education programme or even wax lyrical about the topical editorial and coverage of the local legal scene in our monthly magazine, The Messenger.

Have your say

You may even love how being a member gives you a say in how our profession is run.

Social, networking and awards

You may want to make contacts at our dynamic and interesting social and networking events or shout from the rooftops about your team, your firm or individual members of staff at the Manchester Legal Awards. Now firmly established in the legal calendar, the awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent this region has to offer.

Exclusive benefits with Member Rewards Card

You will definitely want to get some amazing deals on eating out, meeting up for drinks, health and beauty, travel and accommodation, business services and much more with our complimentary Members Reward Card, in association with Key for the City.

Take Advantage from selected partners

You may want to get more added value for your firm from MLS Advantage member firms and the fantastic offers they have just for Manchester Law Society Members including switchboard support, managed IT services, AML training, search aggregator and telecoms including connectivity and mobiles.

Be part of the legal community

But in these challenging times our members appreciate being part of a supportive community, the chance to network with fellow professionals, to share ideas, put the world to rights, even form partnerships rather than compete.

You certainly shouldn’t miss out so why not join in the conversation…

If you want more details about joining or sponsorship opportunities please contact Fran Eccles-Bech, Chief Executive on 0161 241 7470 or
FranEccles-Bech@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk


Manchester, a flourishing commercial, cultural and sporting centre, is supported by an innovative and lively Law Society.

Today, Manchester Law Society thrives with more than 3,000 members. Their breath of expertise reflects the Society’s position at the forefront of Britain’s second city, which boasts the strongest commercial centre outside London, the major provincial branch of the Bank of England and more than 60 foreign financial institutions.

Two of its former Presidents were among the first solicitors in the country to be appointed Judges, and one of these, The Hon. Mr Justice Sachs, was the first solicitor appointed to the High Court Bench.

In 1993 the Society, and Manchester, were honoured that one of its own Council Members, Mr Rodger Pannone, was elected President of the Law Society nationally, during the same year that Miss Geraldine McCool, also from Manchester, became the Chair of the National Young Solicitors Group and Mr John Rowe QC became Chairman of the Bar Council.

The Society

The Manchester Law Society comprises approximately 3,000 members which includes affiliated members from Stockport and Rochdale Law Societies.

The Society is administered on a Committee system. The Council of the Society which meets once a month, consists of the Officers (President, Vice President, Joint Honorary Secretaries, Honorary Treasurer and Immediate Past President), two national Law Society Council Members, twenty one ordinary members and five representatives from the affiliated societies. The Society continues to promote the interests of its members, so clearly stated in 1838, through the work of its various sub committees, to which Council Members are appointed i.e. Crown & Magistrates Court, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Legal Education, Messenger Editorial, Regulatory Affairs, Social & Inter-professional and Website, Communication & Social Media, Private Client, Commercial Property and COLP & COFA Forum. These Committees meet on a regular basis and report back to the Council at its monthly meetings. During the Society’s administrative year various ad hoc sub committees are convened to discuss consultation papers, circulated from the national Law Society and the Department for Constitutional Affairs or to discuss any other important and relevant topic.

The Society administers an extensive legal education programme running courses and seminar on all aspects of law and its practice.

The Society has hosted an annual Dinner at the House of Commons with local members of Parliament and the House of Lords which has become a very valuable forum for discussion of items of interest concerning members of parliament, the legal profession, clients and constituents.

Having helped to establish Law Centres in Manchester the Society continues to be actively involved in their work.

The Society also organises its Annual Manchester Legal Awards which raises money for local children’s charities.

Another innovation for the Society was the formation of the Manchester Professionals’ Dinner Club which is an informal inter-professional social networking event held six times a year.

The Manchester Professionals’ Dinner Club  is an opportunity for professionals to mix and network to provide a social platform to build professional networks and help to know other business practitioners facing the same issues in practice and discuss matters relevant to your business with likeminded people, which may result in cross referral of work Enjoy a superb menu and have a fantastic evening with old and new friends whilst in relaxed and informal surroundings, tasting the delights of the varied local cuisine, offered in Manchester’s many restaurants.

The Society also supports wholeheartedly the thriving Manchester Young Solicitors Association and the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group and has been instrumental in setting up The Young Professionals Network.

Should you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Society by clicking here or call 0161 831 7337.