The incoming president of the Law Society of Scotland has pledged to fight for the independence of the legal profession from government, describing this as a critical time for the profession and the rule of law in Scotland. Sheila Webster, a commercial litigation solicitor, takes up the presidency f
The Law Society of Scotland has signed up to an international declaration on protecting the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession. The move follows the organisation’s warnings about new proposals to reform regulation of legal services, which could see unprecedented direct inte
The Law Society of Scotland has approved a 10 per cent uplift in recommended pay for trainee solicitors to help with ongoing cost-of-living pressures. From 1 June 2023 the recommended minimum pay for trainee solicitors in Scotland will be:
A new bill to regulate the legal profession in Scotland risks seriously undermining its independence from the state, the Law Society has warned. The new bill introduced by the Scottish government will see the Law Society of Scotland continue as the regulator of Scottish solicitors, with additional p
The Law Society of Scotland has today published the results of its major anti-money laundering (AML) thematic review into practices’ Policies, Controls and Procedures (PCPs). The thematic review found examples of best practice, alongside notable opportunities for practices to improve in this c
It’s time for the best junior in-house solicitors in Scotland to shine, as the Law Society of Scotland has launched its In-House Rising Star Award for 2023. The award, which is now in its 11th year, provides recognition for the important work of in-house practitioners and in particular the con
Nominations are now open for solicitors hoping to join the Law Society of Scotland’s decision-making body, representing members working across the UK. Becoming a member of the Law Society Council provides an opportunity to influence key decisions, contribute to the work of the Society and help
Scotland’s legal sector has welcomed 80 new solicitors to the profession, at a record-breaking admissions ceremony in Edinburgh.
The Law Society of Scotland has boosted its advisory body on legal technology, with new members and a new chairman to continue its work leading on innovation for the profession. Law Society president Murray Etherington will join the LawscotTech Advisory Board and step into the role of chairman when
The Law Society of Scotland has congratulated Humza Yousaf on his appointment as Scotland's new first minister. Law Society of Scotland president Murray Etherington said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Mr Yousaf on his appointment as Scotland’s sixth first minister."
A recent spike in online scams with fraudsters impersonating real law firms is a warning to all solicitors to be on the front foot to protect themselves and their clients. The Law Society of Scotland has seen an influx of online scams by fraudsters trying to con solicitors’ clients out of sign
The Law Society of Scotland is inviting nominations for honorary membership for "outstanding service for the public good" by a Scottish solicitor. Honorary membership has been awarded to 19 solicitors in the society's 74-year history. The most recent recipient, Adrian Ward MBE received the award in
The Law Society of Scotland has urged the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to minimise cost increases on solicitors. In its response to the SLCC’s proposed budget, the Law Society has questioned its plan to introduce a nine per cent rise to the levy paid by solicitors.
An Edinburgh-based paralegal is the first to be awarded the Law Society of Scotland’s accredited paralegal status specialising in immigration law. Lily Li Pryde, a paralegal with John Pryde & Co SSC in Edinburgh, received the accreditation earlier this month. Successful applicants must dem
The Law Society of Scotland has said it has "huge concerns" about controversial UK government plans to deport asylum seekers who arrive irregularly and exclude them from modern slavery and human rights protections. Home Secretary Suella Braverman KC last week introduced her Illegal Migration Bill, w