The independent review of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is a step in the right direction for compliance with modern human rights standards, according to the Law Society of Scotland. Commenting on the announcement made by the mental health minister Clare Haughey yesterday
The Law Society of Scotland has criticised Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) proposals for a third consecutive above-inflation levy on solicitors, which it says will lead to rising costs for legal services consumers. In its response to the SLCC annual budget and levy, the Law Society has d
Scottish solicitors say the Law Society of Scotland should continue to regulate solicitors in Scotland, according to new research. Ninety-three per cent of respondents agree that the Law Society should continue to be responsible for representation, support and regulation of solicitors in Scotland, a
If you’re a Diploma or LLB student in your final or penultimate year, the Law Society of Scotland is offering you the chance to win three weeks’ paid work experience in the Scottish Parliament’s Legal Services team as well as a £500 cash prize. To enter, the society asks entr
Greenock solicitors are to have their first female dean of the town’s faculty of procurators. Jill Carrick was appointed dean of the Faculty of Procurators in Greenock, the first woman to take up the post in the organisation’s 200-year history, at the faculty’s annual general meeti
The laws on cohabitation in Scotland are problematic and disadvantageous to vulnerable and grieving people, according to a report by the Law Society of Scotland. Published today, Rights of cohabitants calls for a full review of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.
The Law Society of Scotland is to carry out research on access to legal advice and services in Scotland following a decade of austerity. The Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee is undertaking two projects which will examine the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which allows pe
Governments and organisations which collect people’s data should work together to create good practice standards for managing it, according to the Law Society of Scotland. In its response to a UK Parliament inquiry into whether new safeguards are required to regulate the use of personal data b
Scottish law firms can find out more about their financial health by taking part in the Law Society of Scotland's 2019 Financial Benchmarking Survey, which opens today. The survey helps firms of all sizes, from sole practitioner and high street firms to larger commercial firms, assess their financia
The public must be engaged if Scotland moves to an opt-out organ donation system, the Law Society of Scotland has said. The society, commenting ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on proposals to move to an “opt-out” system for organ donation, has called for greater public aware
In-house solicitors are being encouraged to have their say on in-house solicitor traineeships. A new survey, launched today aims to provide a better understanding of the in-house traineeship market, including why there is a disproportionately low number of in-house trainees.
Individuals with concerns that members of the legal community are involved with financial improprieties or money laundering can now anonymously report their concerns to the professional body for Scottish solicitors. The confidential reporting concerns line and online form, which have gone live today
The Law Society of Scotland has launched an online version of its popular career mentoring scheme with the aim of supporting even more solicitors and students with career development. Since its introduction in 2014, 150 mentees have successfully been matched with a mentor.