The Malawi Law Society (“MLS”) is an umbrella body of all lawyers in Malawi. MLS was originally established under section 25 of the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Act, 1965. The 1965 Act was repealed by section 122(1) of the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Act, 2017 (“LELPA”) which came into force on 1st January, 2019. In its current form, MLS is established under section 63 of the LELPA.
Under section 64 of the LELPA, the MLS has the following objectives: (a) to promote the highest professional standards among legal practitioners and in legal practice; (b) to enhance credibility in the delivery of legal services; (c) to promote integrity, competence and transparency of professional services in legal practice; (d) to promote matters of public interest touching, ancillary and incidental to the law; (e) to promote research towards the development of the law; (f) to regulate the setting up, management and dissolution of legal practice; and (g) to do all other things that are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objects or any of them.