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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

Marliese Perks named In-house Rising Star Award Winner 2020

RBS solicitor Marliese Perks has been named the In-house Rising Star Award winner for 2020 by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 6 October 2020

Sheriff Court jury trials to resume in remote jury centres

Sheriff Court jury trials delayed as a result of Covid-19 are set to resume in remote jury centres across Scotland following new government funding.

Published 2 October 2020

New and familiar faces returned to the Law Society Council

Two brand new faces are returned to the Law Society of Scotland Council along with a more familiar face, who returns for a second term.

Published 1 October 2020

Law Society welcomes proposals to clear Covid-19 courts backlog

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed proposals to clear the Covid-19 courts backlog and called for "urgent, full and frank discussions with all interested parties" to address the problem.

Published 29 September 2020

Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto commit to new contextualised recruitment system for trainees

Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto have committed to using the Law Society of Scotland's contextualised recruitment system to increase workplace diversity and social mobility.

Published 10 September 2020

Lorna Jack joins new UK government trade group

Lorna Jack, chief executive of Law Society of Scotland, is to join the Department for International Trade's new Trade Advisory Group.

Published 27 August 2020

Nominations open for Law Society’s 2020 Rising Star Award

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Law Society of Scotland In-house Rising Star award.

Published 30 July 2020

Virtual custody courts pilot raises concerns among solicitors

​A new report on pilot virtual custody court hearings has highlighted significant issues faced by solicitors and their clients.

Published 28 July 2020

BTO trainee Emily Campbell wins Law Society’s Innovation Cup

Great client communications can help strengthen solicitor-client relationships and minimise complaints. That’s the idea behind this year’s Innovation Cup winning entry.

Published 29 June 2020

Law Society calls on SCTS to reconsider refusal of paper-based forms

The Civil Justice Committee of the Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) to urgently review a decision to refuse paper-based simple procedure actions.

Published 26 June 2020

Peebles High School wins national debating tournament

Two pupils from Peebles High School have won the grand final of this year’s national Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, organised by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 10 June 2020

Law Society warns universities over diploma intake as record number of LLB students apply

The Law Society of Scotland has written to the six Scottish universities providing the diploma in professional legal practice to remind them of the importance of acting responsibly and considering likely demand for legal trainees next summer when setting course numbers as it emerged that there have been a record number of applications to study the diploma in the coming year.

Published 5 June 2020

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

Published 5 June 2020

New action plan aims to tackle mental health stigma in Scottish legal sector

The Law Society of Scotland has today launched a three-year action plan that aims to tackle stigma around mental health in the legal sector.

Published 3 June 2020