Faculty of Advocates

Fergus Whyte: How pro bono work helps plug gap of unmet legal needs

This is National Pro Bono Week which provides a useful opportunity to think about when and how lawyers provide legal services to those in need.

Published 3 November 2020

Faculty to hold online event on pro bono after Covid

The Faculty of Advocates' Free Legal Services Unit is involved in online events this week to promote and celebrate pro bono work.

Published 2 November 2020

Tailgate danger unseen in automated vehicles paper, says Faculty

Concerns have been raised by the Faculty of Advocates about a safety omission in plans for automated vehicles on motorways.

Published 28 October 2020

Faculty strongly opposed to judicial review ‘rebalance’

Possible diluting of the judicial review court process, by which a check can be kept on the legality of government decision-making, has been condemned by the Faculty of Advocates.

Published 22 October 2020

Faculty: Cost of adopting UNCRC ‘underestimated’

Enhanced rights for children will come at a cost, and the Scottish government’s estimate of £2 million is unrealistic, the Faculty of Advocates has suggested.

Published 19 October 2020

Help Faculty bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable families

Members and staff, and friends of the Faculty of Advocates are being asked to make an extra special effort with this year’s Christmas collection to bring desperately needed cheer to vulnerable families.

Published 16 October 2020

Faculty against land court/tribunal merger

A proposed amalgamation of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland has been rejected by the Faculty of Advocates.

Published 15 October 2020

Counsel aids drive to highlight evil of slavery

A member of the Faculty of Advocates is helping to put the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery “In Plain Sight”.

Published 15 October 2020

Scots lawyers oppose entrenchment of virtual courts

Lawyers have voiced their opposition to any entrenchment of remote justice following comments from the Lord President that Scotland's legal system will not return to the status quo.

Published 14 October 2020

Dean of Faculty asks PM and Home Secretary to stop ‘denigrating the legal profession’

The Dean of Faculty has made a personal plea to the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary: stop denigrating the legal profession.

Published 8 October 2020

Devils arrive at Faculty for Covid-friendly training

Fourteen devils have been welcomed by the Faculty of Advocates to a greatly-adapted training programme.

Published 5 October 2020

Sheriff Court jury trials to resume in remote jury centres

Sheriff Court jury trials delayed as a result of Covid-19 are set to resume in remote jury centres across Scotland following new government funding.

Published 2 October 2020

Faculty: Abuse survivors need expert advice before opting for redress scheme

A planned redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care needs to be redrafted to remove an “inherently unfair” restriction, the Faculty of Advocates has suggested.

Published 2 October 2020

Lord Carloway hails ‘remarkable’ determination of lawyers during Covid-19

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has hailed the “remarkable” determination of the legal profession to maintain access to justice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 29 September 2020

Faculty of Advocates warns industrial disease bill ‘unlikely to improve safety’

A bill to recover NHS costs in treating industrial diseases is unlikely to prompt any improvement in workplace safety, the Faculty of Advocates has suggested.

Published 23 September 2020