"In the profession and the party-campaigning for justice for all"

The Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association

  • Comprises barristers, solicitors, academics, legal executives, law students and other legal professionals, plus others with an interest in the law, who are members of the Liberal Democrats.
  • Has members practising in all areas of the law, with considerable diversity of legal knowledge and experience.
  • Campaigns for liberal values in law reform and for the protection of civil liberties and human rights in the legal system and in our substantive law.
  • Contributes to the Liberal Democrats' policy making through working parties on legal policy and law reform.
  • Briefs members of the United Kingdom, European and Scottish Parliaments, the Welsh Assembly and other elected bodies on legal issues.
  • Responds to government consultations on proposed legislation.
  • Publishes the Legal Democrat magazine and a newsletter, which are free to members.
  • Organises regular conferences, lectures and meetings.
  • Holds an excellent annual dinner.
  • Is a registered CPD provider for relevant events.

A message from the Chair - Graham Colley
Welcome to our Website.

Liberal Democrat Lawyers aim to be a pre-eminent campaigning organisation serving the Liberal Democrat Party and helping with policy formation.

Our members comprise not only of Legal Executives, Solicitors and Barristers, academics, magistrates, law students and other professionals involved in the law, but also all, who are members of the Liberal Democrat Party  interested in law reform.
Members are encouraged to become involved in policy development. 'Hot Topics' include consolidation of the parties civil liberties policy , extradition, international law, Legal Aid, 'Tesco law' (Alternative Business Structures), Law as an export.

Interested? Read on. I hope you join and  participate.
Best wishes

Graham Colley
Chair LDLA

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Officers 2013 -14

President Emeritus Lord Lester of Herne Hill Q.C.


Deputy President:

Lord  Carlile of Berriew Q.C

Joyce Arram

Chair: Graham Colley
Vice-Chair: David Ive
Secretary: Adam Cain
Treasurer: Anita Mann

Membership Activities

  • The annual weekend conference is held in the spring, usually during the Summer vacation at an Oxbridge college. Leading academics, practitioners, Liberal Democrat MP's and peers participate. A guest speaker is invited to dinner on the Saturday evening. All members are welcome. Guests are welcome at the dinner.
  • Fringe meetings are organised to discuss and often to debate legal issues of topical interest at the Liberal Democrats' spring and autumn conference.
  • Conferences and fringe events usually carry CPD points for practising lawyers.
  • The 80 Club lecture is delivered in London by a prominent speaker, often from outside the Liberal Democrats.
  • The Association's Annual Dinner is a significant social event, usually held in late January. Members are welcome to bring guests.
  • There are opportunities throughout the year to participate in the Association's policy-making activities.

Learn more about Association Membership.

conferences and fringe events invariably carry CPD points for practising lawyers.