The Law Society of Scotland has been awarded an Investors in Diversity accreditation, underlining its record of leading workplace best practice for the Scottish legal profession. The National Centre for Diversity has awarded the accreditation following a thorough process over a year, which included
Solicitors approved a Law Society of Scotland proposal on Friday to increase the practising certificate (PC) fee, which will remain lower in real terms than before the pandemic. The PC fee for 2022/23 will be £585. The new rate is eight per cent lower in real terms compared to the pre-pandemic
The new president of the Law Society of Scotland has said he will bring his perspective as a chamber solicitor to the role, in contrast to the many litigators who’ve preceded him. Murray Etherington formally took over the role of president from Ken Dalling at a meeting of the society’s g
New legislation aimed at reforming the law of moveable transactions has been published in draft today. Moveable transactions reform is intended to enable smaller businesses to use their assets as security against lower cost loans and so such reform is a welcome development, according to the Law Soci
The world-famous ‘Paisley snail’ will take centre stage at an international conference marking the 90th anniversary of the groundbreaking legal case which founded modern consumer rights law in countries around the globe. The Law Society of Scotland is hosting the virtual event to commemo
Following a two-year financial support package for Scottish solicitors to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, the Law Society of Scotland is proposing a practising certificate fee which is "lower in real terms" compared to the pre-pandemic fee level. The Law Society agreed a £2.2 millio
The Law Society of Scotland has announced an increase in its recommended rates for trainee salaries from the beginning of next month. The new recommended rates from 1 June 2022 will be £20,500 for first-year trainees (up £1,000 or 5.1 per cent) and £23,750 for second-year trainees
Five new members will join the Law Society Council following the nomination process, which closed on Thursday 21 April 2022. Amna Ashraf, Beatrice Nicholas and Jean-Paul Kasasula will join returning Council members Austin Lafferty and David Mair for Glasgow and Strathkelvin.
Legal technology specialist Jonathan Bowker has been awarded accredited legal technologist status by the Law Society of Scotland. Mr Bowker is managing director and owner of Advanced Analytica, a company that specialises in the delivery of tech-enabled services for legal functions seeking to improve
The Law Society of Scotland has published new guidance on its Style Success Fee Agreement (SSFA). The new guidance, which comes into effect on 1 May, supports the Law Society’s SSFA and has been developed to help Scottish solicitors who are intending to enter an agreement either by way of a sp
Nominations are now open for the Law Society of Scotland In-house Rising Star Award 2022. The award recognises the outstanding achievement of a newly qualified Scottish solicitor or trainee who is working in-house.
Nominations are now open for solicitors hoping to join the Law Society of Scotland’s decision-making body, representing the Glasgow & Strathkelvin, Perth, Greenock, Kilmarnock & Paisley Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy constituencies. Becoming a member of the Law Society Council provid
A major conference hosted by the Law Society of Scotland will mark the 90th anniversary of the famous "snail in a bottle" case, Donoghue v Stevenson. The conference will welcome speakers from across the world in recognition of the global significance of the case, which laid the foundations of the mo
The Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) to focus more on its core role in handling legal complaints and go further in controlling its costs. Responding to the SLCC’s consultation on its draft budget for 2022-23, the society has noted the SLCC i
The Law Society of Scotland has outlined its opposition to plans to abolish the 'not proven' verdict in Scottish criminal cases, arguing that the change risks an increase in miscarriages of justice. It claimed the focus on moving away from the system of three verdicts was "irresponsible" at a time w