Experts from the legal sector and beyond are being urged to get involved in work to shape Scots law and legal practice. Thirty-two of the Law Society of Scotland's 57 committees and sub-committees are looking for new committee members and conveners.
The Law Society of Scotland has described the Scottish government’s confirmation of an additional £11 million for legal aid as ‘a step in the right direction’ but called for urgent progress on a formal review mechanism to ensure the sector remains sustainable. Legal aid solic
The Law Society of Scotland has stepped in to ensure that clients are protected while appropriate managerial arrangements are put in place to cover the absence of a director at Hendrie Legal Limited. The Law Society’s petition for a judicial factor on the client account of the practice was gra
The Law Society of Scotland has expanded its accreditation programme for paralegals with a new accreditation in immigration law. Accreditation is offered to paralegals who can demonstrate experience and knowledge in their chosen field as well as meeting a set of competencies.
Scottish government plans to bring forward new legislation to reform and modernise the regulation of legal services are good news for consumers and the Scottish legal sector, the Law Society has said. Scottish ministers today published their formal response to last year’s consultation on updat
The Law Society of Scotland has launched consultation on proposed minor changes to modernise the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. The diploma is the first of two parts required to qualify as a solicitor under the Law Society’s Professional Education and Training (PEAT) programme, with t
The Law Society of Scotland has backed the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s call for urgent reform to address the crisis facing the legal aid system and access to justice as a whole. The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) annual report was laid before the Scottish Parliament yesterday and revealed that
The Law Society of Scotland’s work on advance choices in case of future disablement has inspired a major project to encourage legal reform across Europe. The Council of the Vienna-based European Law Institute (ELI) has approved a project to draft model laws for advance choices, to facilitate c
Scottish solicitors are being asked to share their views on issues affecting the legal profession in a new survey. The Law Society of Scotland’s annual members’ survey aims to provide a better understanding of members current views on a wide range of topics, including where they believe
Following the recent hearing on the provision of information relating to third-party complaints against solicitors, Law Society members should be aware that its guidance on this is under review and may be subject to change at short notice. The Court of Session opinion in the case of Scottish Legal C
Students have debated Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup during the opening round of Scotland’s premier high school debating competition. The first heats of the 24th Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament concluded last night, with half of the 64 participating schools making it throu
The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the introduction of a bill aimed at consolidating and modernising Scottish law around trusts and making limited changes to the law of intestate succession. The long-awaited Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill, was introduced in the Scottish Parliament last