The Law Society of Scotland has congratulated the Scottish Mental Health Law Review on the publication of its final report and urged the Scottish government to avoid delays in moving to the implementation phase.
A proposed rise in legal aid fees is a step in the right direction, but further action is urgently needed to resolve the long-term crisis in the sector, the Law Society of Scotland has said. Following discussions with the Law Society, the Scottish government has proposed an £11 million increas
The Law Society of Scotland is calling on the legal profession, stakeholders across the justice system and members of the public for their views on proposals for a principles-based approach to administrative justice in Scotland. Richard Henderson, convener of the Law Society’s Administrative J
The Law Society of Scotland has given broad support for proposed changes to bail and release from custody arrangements, but remains deeply concerned at the high number of accused people being held on remand when charged but not convicted of a crime. The society recently submitted its response on the
The Law Society of Scotland has raised serious concerns about a possible move to judge-only sexual offence trials in Scottish courts, and the creation of additional courts outside the existing judicial structure. The proposals are among a number contained in a Scottish government consultation paper
A tool designed to mitigate risks for solicitors has won the Law Society of Scotland's 2022 Innovation Cup. Mary-Jay Morton, a senior associate solicitor at Laurie & Company in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, has won with an easy-to-use key dates calendar. It is designed to save time, stress, and worry
Law Society of Scotland president, Murray Etherington, is to take to the road for a series of in-person constituency visits after a two-year hiatus. The society’s annual visits to faculties across the country moved online during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s events present an opport
The Lawscot Foundation’s programme to assist aspiring solicitors from disadvantaged backgrounds will be further expanded, thanks to a new sponsorship agreement with the Clark Foundation. The Clark Foundation for Legal Education – which was established in 1991 by former Law Society of Sco
The Scottish legal sector is currently on track to record its highest ever number of solicitor traineeships in a year, maintaining the momentum from a record-breaking 2021. The Law Society of Scotland has already registered 316 traineeships to the end of July, surpassing the 299 at the same point la
The Law Society of Scotland and Scottish Legal Complaints Commission have welcomed the agreement among responses within a Scottish government report on improving regulatory processes. The Scottish government has today published its analysis of responses to its recent consultation on reforming t
Iain Jane has been appointed as the new Law Society of Scotland Council member for solicitors in the North East. He is joined by new lay member Lesley Watt and Scottish government solicitor Ruaraidh Macniven, who has been reappointed for a three-year term. Mr Jane, principal at Iain Jane & Co in
Nearly 100 less-advantaged pupils have shown their ambition to join the legal profession by attending a four-day virtual summer school hosted by the Law Society of Scotland. Pupils in grades S3 to S6 and a number studying at college logged on to participate in the sessions held over four days from M
Mariel Kaney, deputy legal secretary to the Lord President’s Private Office has been named winner of the Law Society of Scotland’s In-House Rising Star Award 2022. Law Society president, Murray Etherington announced the winner at this year’s virtual In-House Annual Conference yeste
The Law Society of Scotland has joined its legal peers across Europe in signing the Vienna Declaration in Support of the Rule of Law. The document was signed by 38 legal bodies from the member states of the Council of Europe and of the European Union when they met in Vienna on 11 June.