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Law Society raises court concerns with SCTS

The Law Society of Scotland has raised issues over solicitors' ability to perform their jobs properly in courts with the courts service.

Published 7 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

Legal complaints reform ‘a significant and positive step forward’

The Scottish government has launched a consultation seeking views on potential improvements to the legal complaints system, within the current legislative framework of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007.

Published 23 December 2020

Law Society: Wrong to target high street law firms with economic crime levy

The Law Society of Scotland has said that small, high street law firms should not be hit with an economic crime levy.

Published 21 December 2020

Solicitors warned over stupid behaviour online

Lawyers have been warned about their behaviour on social media.

Published 17 December 2020

Climate change high on agenda for legal profession

A survey carried out by the Law Society of Scotland ahead of the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) shows that climate change raises a number of issues for the legal profession.

Published 15 December 2020

Workloads increasing for law firms but recovery ‘a long way off’

While workloads for Scottish legal firms have increased since the early part of lockdown, turnover has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels. A situation most firms expect to see continue into 2021.

Published 4 December 2020

Murray Etherington sole nominee to become Law Society President in 2022

Dundee-based solicitor Murray Etherington has been nominated as a future president of the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 30 November 2020

Law Society: Evidence required to show lockdown hospital discharges were lawful

Evidence is urgently required to show whether all hospital patients discharged to care homes during the height of the coronavirus pandemic were moved lawfully, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

Published 18 November 2020

Legal services price transparency guidance comes into effect next year

Guidance for Scottish solicitors on publishing pricing, which aims to help consumers better understand the cost of legal advice and services, is due to come into effect in January 2021.

Published 3 November 2020

Prompt action needed to reform crofting law

Prompt action is needed by the Scottish government to reform the law of crofting, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

Published 27 October 2020

Law Society opposes plans for economic crime levy on solicitors

Plans to introduce an anti-money laundering (AML) levy on solicitors has been opposed by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 26 October 2020

Menopause resource launched to support Scottish legal profession

​The Law Society of Scotland, in partnership with Peppy Health, has launched a menopause support resource, designed to help individuals and firms access the support that they need.

Published 20 October 2020

DAC Beachcroft’s Beverley Atkinson re-accredited in professional negligence law

Beverley Atkinson, legal director at DAC Beachcroft, has been re-accredited as a specialist in professional negligence law by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 19 October 2020

Senior lawyers to ‘pass the badge’ on World Mental Health Day 2020

​A group of senior figures from Scotland’s legal profession are to kick start a ‘pass the badge’ to mark World Mental Health Day this month.

Published 9 October 2020