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The Law Society of Scotland has granted 16 new solicitor advocates extended rights of audience at back-to-back ceremonies at the Court of Session.

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The Scottish government’s 2024-25 budget continues its distorted and shortsighted approach to criminal justice, according to the Law Society of Scotland. The budget papers reveal an extra £22 million has been provided to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), while the f

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Christmas has come early for 66 new Scottish solicitors, as they were formally welcomed to the profession at an admissions ceremony in Edinburgh.

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The UK's international reputation is "in jeopardy" as a result of Rishi Sunak's Rwanda bill, the Law Society of Scotland has warned. The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill is designed to allow the UK government to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda in spite of a UK Supreme Court ruling last

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The Law Society of Scotland has granted extended rights of audience to seven solicitors, with the new solicitor advocates introduced to the court in a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The ceremony yesterday held extra significance, as 2023 marks 30 years since the first solicitor advoc

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The Law Society of Scotland has announced further steps in response to the escalating climate crisis, seeking to act and lead change across the legal sector. On Friday the Law Society’s governing Council passed a resolution formally setting out the society’s strong commitment to climate

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A critical cross-party MSP report on the Scottish government’s new legislation on regulating legal services has shown why the bill needs to change, the Law Society of Scotland has said. The Scottish Parliament’s Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has published its report on the Re

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Solicitor Pat Thom has been nominated as president-elect 2025/26 of the Law Society of Scotland. Ms Thom's career has spanned criminal and civil legal work in both Canada and Scotland and she has worked in-house and in private practice for several years. She has been a Law Society Council member sin

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Peter Nicholson, editor of the Law Society of Scotland’s Journal magazine, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Herald Law Awards. The tribute comes just a matter of months after he was conferred honorary membership of the Law Society of Scotland.

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Strong momentum in recruiting solicitor trainees in Scotland has been maintained for a third consecutive year, with another 765 traineeships commencing in the past 12 months, according to the Law Society of Scotland. The total number of trainees registered by the Law Society of Scotland during the l

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New research suggests that nearly two out of three Scottish legal professionals have experienced mental health issues in the past five years, underlining the importance of the Law Society of Scotland’s sector-wide focus on wellbeing. More than 3,000 legal professionals – including solici

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Law Society of Scotland staff have shown their support for autistic people by raising £3,606 for the charity Scottish Autism. The Alloa-based organization, the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice, has been the L

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The Law Society of Scotland has called for enhancements to environmental governance in Scotland, including the monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws, to improve public confidence and ensure more consistent outcomes. The suggestions are included in a submission to the Scottish government&r

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Scotland's legal aid system is in "deep crisis" and requires urgent reform, the Law Society of Scotland has said following the publication of figures showing a 14 per cent increase in legal aid spend in the past year. The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) yesterday published its annual report showing

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The Law Society of Scotland has endorsed the International Bar Association condemnation of the attacks by Hamas along with its call for urgent talks to restore peace. The Law Society’s Council supported the IBA's statement last week calling the attacks a violation of human rights and internati

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