About CLSA

The Criminal Law Solicitors' Association is the only national association entirely committed to professionals working in the field of criminal law.

The CLSA represents criminal practitioners throughout England and Wales and membership of the Association is open to any solicitor - prosecution or defence - and to court clerks, qualified or trainee - involved with, or interested in, the practice of criminal law.  

CLSA Objectives 

The objectives of the Association are :

  • to encourage and maintain the highest standards of advocacy and practice in the Criminal Courts in England and Wales
  • to participate in discussions on developments in the criminal process
  • to represent and further the interests of the Members on any matters which may affect solicitors who practice in Criminal Courts
  • to improve, develop and maintain the education and knowledge of those actively concerned in the practice of Criminal Law in those Courts and those who are in the course of their training.

What we do for members

The CLSA was established in 1990 to represent criminal law solicitors throughout England and Wales. Since then it has increased in membership and influence and now has approximately 1,500 members. It now responds to every significant consultation paper affecting Criminal Lawyers and has influence upon many important committees and Government bodies. Evidence has been given on behalf of the CLSA to a Parliamentary Select Committee enquiring into Criminal Legal Aid. Representing your interests involves:

Consulting with the Legal Services Commission, Law Society, Government, Courts, and Police on any matter where you might be affected.

Lobbying politicians and media by attending the meetings, conferences and functions where they will listen - that you could not find the time to attend.

Supplying the latest developments in legislation and professional development to keep you advised of regional and national issues that affect you.

An authoritative body of opinion from the real world of criminal practice. We are the only national body representing solely the interests of criminal solicitors in England & Wales. 

What are the benefits of joining the CLSA?

  • Helping us to help you by influencing the Legal Services Commission and the Government
  • Regular email eAlerts* notifying you of the latest news and developments
  • Discounted Police Station ID card
  • Annual CLSA Conference
  • Regional training seminars
  • Membership of the CLSA eGroup**
  • Free listing in CLSA Agency List and Court Directory (subject to consent)
  • Tax-deductible subscriptions

* Only CLSA members are entitled to receive eAlerts. The right is reserved to refuse or suspend any member from receiving eAlerts at CLSA's sole discretion.
** Membership of the eGroup is open to CLSA and LCCSA members but the right is reserved to refuse or suspend any user from the group at CLSA's sole discretion.


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