“Law is the foundation of any civilised society. Law affects everyone, every day. But law, by its nature and complexity, is inaccessible to the uninitiated. We lawyers are the intermediaries between society and the law, and as such are crucial to the effective functioning of the rule of law. This is our higher calling.”
Shen Yi, in his first OLY speech as President of the Law Society, asks what the true role of lawyers is, in society. See the video of Shen Yi’s speech (at 31:53 onwards) here or read it here.