The 'resilience fund' offered to criminal legal aid solicitors by the Scottish government is worth less than half of the money it has saved in legal aid payments over the pandemic as a result of the sharp decline in criminal business.
Published 12 May 2021
Legal aid fees have increased by five per cent across the board from today, the biggest increase in more than a decade – but the Law Society of Scotland has warned that more must be done to address a "generation of underfunding".
Published 23 March 2021
The Scottish government's revised legal aid package has been welcomed by the Law Society of Scotland.
Published 18 January 2021
Significant concerns have been raised over the Scottish statutory instrument implementing an ostensible increase in legal aid fees proposed by the Scottish government last year.
Published 5 January 2021
The Scottish government's announcement that legal aid solicitors will benefit from a 10 per cent uplift in legal aid fees and access to a £9 million fund to help those experiencing hardship as a result of Covid-19 has received a cautious response.
Published 23 December 2020
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has agreed to look at additional options for financially supporting Scotland's legal aid sector.
Published 7 December 2020
So, today it’s the beleaguered staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service balloting on strike action. Yesterday, it was the hard-pressed members of the Edinburgh and Glasgow bar associations taking action.
Published 1 December 2020
Lawyers are taking action today in protest at the Scottish government's refusal to increase legal aid.
Published 30 November 2020
The Edinburgh Bar Association is to strike on St Andrew's Day next week, citing the failure of the Scottish government to take Scotland's legal aid situation seriously.
Published 27 November 2020
The Scottish government has declined to increase legal aid fees or provide financial assistance to law firms that are currently struggling.
Published 25 November 2020
The Glasgow Bar Association (GBA) said it is "astonished" that the Scottish government has not yet offered any financial support for legal aid firms "despite what has now been months of consideration of the profession’s proposals".
Published 29 October 2020
The Law Society of Scotland has responded to an open letter published in yesterday's edition of Scottish Legal News that decried the paltry fees paid by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to a law firm for its work on a Supreme Court case.
Published 20 August 2020
Robert More makes some worrying predictions about legally aided criminal defence work in the wake of the lockdown.
Published 25 June 2020
Moir and Sweeney Litigation partner Ian Moir is well known as a vociferous defender of legal aid, with his role as co-convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s legal aid committee seeing him lobby hard on behalf of colleagues who make a living doing publicly funded work.
Published 14 April 2020
More flexible interim payment arrangements for legal aid lawyers will be made but require primary legislation, the Scottish government has announced.
Published 26 March 2020