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Law society claims solicitor practices put £14m into economy

Northern Ireland's 570 solicitor practices contribute nearly £14m a year to the economy, according to new research from The Law Society.

The body, which regulates and represents solicitors in Northern Ireland, said practices employ over 6,000 staff and that each business provides around £25,000 a year to the economy by purchasing products and services vital to run their practice.

And through Pro-Bono work, each solicitor provides over £21m in free advice and assistance to the local community.

It said 96% of solicitors perform a voluntary role with a community charity or voluntary group.

Law Society chief executive Alan Hunter said: "Our research underscores the important role which solicitor practices throughout Northern Ireland provide to our economy and community.

"It is important that we recognise their contribution and work to preserve the existing network of solicitors' offering a one stop shop for legal services in our cities, towns and villages."

He added: "The Society will be working with the Minister for Justice to ensure that the implementation of the Access to Justice Report supports the existing network of solicitors' practices and does not undermine it."

The Law Society has over 3,000 members and presented its findings to the Committee for Justice.