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The Faculty of Advocates has launched a fresh probe into sexism after it was criticised in the wake of a report into a senior advocate. The move follows the Daily Record's report that Brian McConnachie QC had sent messages saying he would "sh*g" Sandy Brindley, the head of Rape Crisis Scotland, &ldq

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The closing date for the Faculty of Advocates’ scholarship programmes for 2023 is the end of April, so anyone keen to access funding to support them while devilling must apply soon. In addition to providing financial assistance, the scholarships are also aimed at promoting and encouraging dive

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The Faculty of Advocates has again voiced its support for ending the tacit relocation of commercial leases in response to a consultation on the draft Leases (Automatic Continuation etc.) (Scotland) Bill. The doctrine of tacit relocation was the among issues raised by the Scottish Law Commission in i

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The Faculty of Advocates has cautioned that amendments to a draft code of practice for continuing and welfare attorneys should be rendered more user friendly lest they discourage people from supporting vulnerable adults. The Faculty was responding to a Scottish government consultation on the terms o

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The Faculty of Advocates has again objected to any rise in civil court fees, saying they are already “excessively high and should not be increased”. The Scottish government is currently consulting on proposals to increase court fees over the next three years – a two per cent rise d

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The Faculty of Advocates’ scholarship programmes aim to remove barriers to membership of the Scottish bar for those with the skills and motivation to practise as advocates. Applications are now invited from those considering commencing devilling in 2023. Four scholarship schemes are available

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The Faculty of Advocates is hosting a free event next week ahead of International Women's Day. A screening of the film Dying to Divorce – this year’s British entry for the Best International Film at the Oscars – will be held on 7th March at the Mackenzie Building bet

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The committee members for the Faculty of Advocates' new Junior Bar Association have been elected. President Antonia Welsh is joined by Cameron Smith as vice president, Amy Donachie as secretary and Emma Boffey as devils' representative. Fergus Whyte, Valentina Mori, Ayla Iridag and Emily Bradbury ha

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Faculty members have elected Neil Mackenzie QC as the new Keeper of the Advocates Library. Mr Mackenzie was director of training and education at Faculty between December 2017 and June 2021. During this period he built on the strengths of the existing devils’ training programme and devised and

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Geoff Clarke QC Geoff Clarke QC of Compass Chambers has passed away.

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A new association has been launched by the Faculty of Advocates to provide a supportive and accessible platform for newer members of the bar. Its first president, Antonia Welsh, explains the details. The junior bar association will focus on the needs of advocates called five years ago or less a

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Proposals on remote hearings advanced by Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) would adversely affect access to justice and the quality of justice, the Faculty of Advocates has said. The Faculty submitted its response to the SCJC Consultation on Mode of Attendance at Court Hearings today. The consul

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The Faculty of Advocates has presented its first annual report on anti-money laundering (AML) supervisory activities. Its publication comes in the wake of new reporting requirements which came into effect for the first time this year. In devising its approach to AML supervision the Faculty carried o

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The nights are drawing in and there’s a definite nip in the air. Winter is on its way, which means so is the season for giving. And while many of us are already looking forward to the festive season, cuts in financial support and rising fuel and food costs mean vulnerable families will struggl

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