The Law Society of Scotland has added to criticism of the prime minister over his remarks last week about the legal profession. Boris Johnson had suggested that “left-wing criminal justice lawyers” act against the public interest.
The Law Society of Scotland has warned the justice secretary that proposed reforms to sexual offences cases must respect the presumption of innocence. Keith Brown said yesterday he will not shy away from reforms that would raise the conviction rate in sex cases.
The Law Society of Scotland has expressed irritation with the pace of court re-openings as Scotland moves to level 0. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) announced today that it will keep in place the suspension of physical attendance at courts, except in relation to criminal trial diet
Diversity data collected as part of the annual Practising Certificate (PC) renewal process has been published by the Law Society of Scotland today. Diversity questions were included for the first time in the 2020/21 PC renewal process, in order to give a better understanding of what the profession l
In-house solicitor Angus Niven has been crowned the Law Society of Scotland in-house rising star of 2021. Law Society of Scotland president Ken Dalling announced the winner at the In-house Annual Conference today.
A significant milestone will be reached for the Law Society of Scotland later this year when long-standing chief executive Lorna Jack steps down. The professional membership body for Scottish solicitors announced that Ms Jack will be retiring at the end of 2021. She has been in post for almost 13 ye
Pupils from Peebles High School have been crowned Scotland’s best young debaters, after winning the grand final of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2020/21, organised by the Law Society of Scotland. Thomas Dunmur and Laura Eggleton of Peebles High School in the Borders won the nat
The Scottish government’s £1 million fund to support legal aid traineeships in Scotland has opened to applicants. The government fund will provide support for up to 40 new legal aid trainees, paying for 50 per cent of their salaries. In addition, trainees’ regulatory costs, nationa
Two Scottish solicitors have been shortlisted for the Law Society of Scotland In-house Rising Star Award 2021. Anna Ziarkowska, a conveyancing and planning solicitor at Aberdeenshire Council, and Angus Niven, in-house general counsel for media and production company, Boxmedia, have been shortlist
The recommended rates of pay for trainee solicitors will remain the same for the second year in a row, due to the ongoing economic impact of coronavirus, the Law Society of Scotland has said. The society’s governing Council has agreed that the recommended remuneration rates for trainees will b
The Law Society of Scotland has been named one of the UK's top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces for 2021 by the National Centre for Diversity. The society placed 93rd on the Top 100 index, which recognises companies across the private, public and charity sectors that are best at promoting equa
Coca Cola’s legal director for Western Europe is to deliver the opening keynote at the Law Society of Scotland’s In-house Annual Conference later this month. Ingrid Cope, Coca Cola’s in-house legal director for Western Europe, will give the opening keynote address on ‘How in-
Scottish solicitors have voted to approve a practising certificate fee for 2021-22 of 10 per cent less than the pre-pandemic cost in 2019-20. The proposal was put forward by the Law Society’s Council in April and is the second phase of a package of financial support announced in 2020, worth a
An eminent Scottish solicitor, who was instrumental in establishing the independence of Malawi, will be awarded honorary life membership of the Law Society of Scotland later today. Colin Cameron graduated in law from the University of Glasgow in 1957 and moved to what was then known as Nyasaland tha
The Law Society of Scotland's Racial Inclusion Group (RIG) is currently running a survey about the experiences of people from an ethnic minority background studying and/or practising law. The Law Society established the RIG last year and is keen to get a more up-to-date account of the exp