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

New Law Society president ready for challenges ahead

Perth-based solicitor Amanda Millar has taken up the Law Society of Scotland's presidential reins, while Stirling-based Ken Dalling becomes the new vice president.

Published 1 June 2020

Brodies launches virtual training for newly qualified solicitors across Scotland

Brodies LLP has launched a training programme that aims to give all newly qualified solicitors across Scotland access to quality learning opportunities and to connect with industry peers.

Published 1 June 2020

Solicitors approve reduction to cost of practising

A reduction to the practising certificate fee for 2020-21 has been approved by solicitors at the Law Society of Scotland’s first ever virtual annual general meeting (AGM).

Published 29 May 2020

Philip Yelland retires after three decades with Law Society

Philip Yelland, executive director of regulation at the Law Society of Scotland, has retired after 30 years at the professional body for Scottish solicitors.

Published 28 May 2020

Remote authentication by notaries now possible

Real-time video technology can now be used to allow notaries to authenticate the execution of a document remotely.

Published 27 May 2020

New and familiar faces returned to Law Society of Scotland Council

The results are in for the Law Society of Scotland Council elections, with a number of new members as well as familiar faces elected.

Published 22 May 2020

Conversations with SYLA launches

The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) has launched its new podcast series: Conversations with SYLA.

Published 14 May 2020

Half of SLCC levy payment deferred

Payment of half of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) levy has been deferred until December 1.

Published 12 May 2020