As the organisation for lawyers in commerce and industry, Commerce and Industry Group is a representative body in respect of the in-house community and is regularly in touch with the Law Society and other bodies such as the SRA and Legal Services Board to lobby and put forward its members' views. Commerce and Industry Group offers training courses designed to satisfy and fit the requirements of members' self-assessment. Commerce and Industry Group has seven regional groups who, through local committees and the support of the National Office, organise local events such as soft skills events, round table discussions, legal briefings and social events such as dinners and fund raising events. Its regions are London, Thames Valley, Central, Yorkshire, Midlands, Tyne Tees and North West. Over the years and at the request of its members, Commerce and Industry Group has set up a number of special interest groups in the following sectors - Corporate Governance, Sole/Small In-House Legal Teams, North & South Food & Drink, Automotive and Privacy groups.