LAG was formed in 1972 out of a desire to encourage a more active approach to the delivery of legal services and the role of non-lawyers. A major concern was the inadequate access to advice for private inner city tenants. In November 1971, four prominent solicitors called a meeting which was attended by about 80 advisers, lawyers and academics. The aim was to raise money for an information service and to monitor the delivery of legal services around the country. This led to the founding of the Legal Action Group in November 1972.
In 2017 we celebrated our 45th anniversary.
L–r: Simon Hillyard and Lord Andrew Phillips, two of the four lawyers who called the meeting which led to our foundation, with Susan Marsden, the first director of LAG. The photo was taken in November 2017 at an event to celebrate our anniversary
Some pages from the Legal Action and LAG Bulletin on LAG history