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

RIGHTS-LIBERTIES-JUSTICE (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 Joint-Chairs
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

James Sandbach and Andrew Halsam-Jones
Joint-Chairs LDLA

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Officers 2017-18

President Emeritus Lord Lester of Herne Hill Q.C.


Deputy President:

Lord Marks QC

Joyce Arram

Joint-Chairs: James Sandbach and Andrew Halsam-Jones
Secretary: Mari Hughes Edwards
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.


Brighton Help Needed
14 September 2016
Brighton Help Needed Please, can you help hand out our popular brochure on Saturday Morning to arriving party members? Anita and Lizi who have our Rights-Liberties-Justice exhibitor passes both cannot be at conference Saturday morning as they each have close relatives who will be coming out of hospital having been under general anaesthetic at that time. NHS operations are not like buses they just come in twos! They would have been helping to hand out the R-L-J brochure to arrivals at conference. Can you help us overcome this temporary problem? Please message me with your email address and mobile number if you can help.


Liberal Democrat - Brighton Conference 2018

Fringe Meetings for Rights Liberties Justice 

For More information Visit us at Stand 32 .