legal aid

Reality of Scottish government’s legal aid offer laid bare

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

Mixed response to Scottish government’s £20 million legal aid package

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

Law Society hopeful of legal aid support following government talks

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has agreed to look at additional options for financially supporting Scotland's legal aid sector.

Published 7 December 2020

Editorial: Teflon Nicola coming unstuck on Scottish justice system

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 strike in protest at Scottish government refusal to increase legal aid

Lawyers are taking action today in protest at the Scottish government's refusal to increase legal aid.

Published 30 November 2020

Edinburgh bar to stage St Andrew’s day strike over underfunding of legal aid

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

Scottish government refuses increase in legal aid fees but promises traineeship subsidy

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

Legal aid lawyers left in the lurch as Scottish government ignores pleas for help

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

Law Society responds to open letter decrying SLAB fees for Supreme Court case

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: Criminal legal aid – why lockdown will soon turn to meltdown

Robert More makes some worrying predictions about legally aided criminal defence work in the wake of the lockdown.

Published 25 June 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Ian Moir

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

COVID-19: More flexible interim payments for legal aid promised

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

Labour: Half a billion pounds slashed from legal aid since SNP came to power

Almost half a billion pounds has been slashed from the legal aid budget since the SNP came to power, Scottish Labour has said.

Published 10 February 2020

Exclusive: Scottish government claims dire legal aid warnings ‘untrue’, despite exodus from profession

The Scottish government has said legal aid is functioning well and that "any suggestion to the contrary is untrue" amid a warning that the tide of lawyers leaving the profession makes its collapse imminent.

Published 27 January 2020

Editorial: Not so fast, Ms Cherry!

The surfeit of 'awards' ceremonies has devalued many of the honours bestowed on recipients and we can all feel a tad award-weary from time to time.

Published 7 January 2020