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
Eight new solicitor advocates granted extended rights of audience by the Law Society Council were introduced to court at a ceremony at Parliament House on Wednesday.
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.
The annual Law Society of Scotland In-House Rising Star Award is back, and two Scottish solicitors have been shortlisted for this year’s award from six nominations. Mariel Kaney, the deputy legal secretary to the Lord President’s Private Office, and Marion Sweetland, legal counsel in com
The search for the latest bright idea in risk management within the Scottish legal profession has been launched today. The Law Society of Scotland's Innovation Cup competition invites Scottish solicitors, paralegals, trainees, cash-room staff and student associates to submit their bright ideas for r
Scotland’s best young debaters have been crowned – with pupils from Fortrose Academy winning the grand final of this year’s Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.
Nominations are now open for solicitors hoping to join the Law Society of Scotland’s decision-making body, to represent members in the Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead and Stonehaven constituency. The North East seat has become vacant following Michael Kusznir standing down after two years on the so
The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the introduction of the Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill. The legislation, which is in two parts, makes changes to current law relating to bail and to the arrangements for the release of some prisoners and the support provided.
The Law Society of Scotland has called for legal reforms to ensure that the law does not discriminate against people who do not have a diagnosed mental illness. The professional body for Scottish solicitors has said it is essential that support is available to everyone who might need it, particularl
Responding to the Scottish government’s Resource Spending Review announced last week, the Law Society of Scotland has criticised the freezing of justice budgets until 2027, saying that the government’s commitment to the recovery of the courts post-pandemic requires investment which is no
Thorntons partner Murray Etherington has vowed to fight to protect legal aid across Scotland. He said he will also focus on the Law Society’s critical role in regulating the profession following the Scottish government’s proposals to overhaul the country’s legal system.