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Law Society calls for Scotland-wide high-rise cladding assessment following new funding announcement

​The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the UK government’s announcement that it will make further funding available for removing dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings and called for a Scotland-wide assessment of high-rise buildings.

Published 15 February 2021

Traineeship numbers hit by pandemic

The number of traineeships offered by solicitors fell by more than a quarter in the last practice year, as the effect of the coronavirus pandemic took its toll, the latest figures show.

Published 4 February 2021

Law Society sets out priorities ahead of Scottish elections

The Law Society of Scotland has set out a comprehensive programme for reform in the run up to this year’s Scottish elections, which includes measures to enhance access to justice, boost economic recovery, improve diversity and drive legislative change.

Published 3 February 2021

Nominations sought for Law Society honorary membership

The Law Society of Scotland is inviting nominations for honorary membership for outstanding service for the public good by a Scottish solicitor.

Published 21 January 2021

Law Society welcomes Scottish government’s revised legal aid package

The Scottish government's revised legal aid package has been welcomed by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 18 January 2021

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