Established in 1943 to ensure the provision of ethical and efficient legal services to the community, we are now the largest local association of solicitors in Northern Ireland.
In its long history, the BSA has consistently represented its members’ interests, lobbying government, promoting the highest standards of legal practice and organising a varied social and Continuing Professional Development programme.
We provide an independent lobbying support to ensure that legal issues and challenges are debated in an informed and fair way so that in turn, members of the public can be confident that their solicitors are representing their needs and promoting access to justice and fair representation.
The BSA prides itself on its keen sense of social responsibility and has acted as a staunch defender of the most vulnerable sections of society.
The BSA places charitable work at the centre of our organisation. We have supported various local charities in recent years, including NSPCC, NI Hospice, Action Cancer, Marie Curie, Helping Hand and The Welcome Organisation.
Sarah Wilson has been elected as Chair in 2023 and said:
‘It is with great excitement that I take up my appointment as Chair of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2023. I am both delighted but also astonished to be the sixth female and youngest ever lawyer to hold this role. I look forward to the events planned throughout the year and to support our chosen charity’.
For 2023 our nominated charity is Employers For Disability Northern Ireland (EFDNI). Their role is to promote the recruitment, retention and development of disabled employees.
We in the BSA, and our valued partners, look forward to engaging in fundraising activities throughout the coming year to continue to support the excellent work of EFDNI.
If you would like to support our fundraising efforts throughout the year you can do so via GoFundMe.