Solicitors’ body the Law Society is about to invite PR agencies to
pitch for a project to improve public perception of its members, and is
looking for a new head of its Parliamentary unit.
The society has not yet approached any agencies. Communications director
Barbara Cahalane said she intends to recruit help in improving the image
of solicitors and galvanising some of its more inactive members. The
society has just under 90,000 members. Solicitors cannot practise
without a Law Society certificate.
The Law Society does not currently retain any PR agencies, but has
worked with Lowe Bell Consultants, now Bell Pottinger Consultants, in
the past, most recently in 1996.
Last summer it was alleged by the Guardian that the agency was acting
for one of the candidates running for election as president of the Law
Society. In fact, two consultants had offered to give advice in a
private and unpaid capacity, and the agency was not retained.
The society has a 28-strong communications team, working across public
affairs, PR, media relations, and handling PR in six regional
It is looking for a replacement for its Parliamentary unit head, Chris
Philipsborn, who will leave next month to become a senior public affairs
adviser at BT.