Law Society staff raise £7,700 for West Lothian Foodbank

Walking the Kiltwalk, running the Edinburgh marathon relay, and organising a staff ‘soup kitchen’, are just a few of the fundraising activities Law Society of Scotland staff have undertaken to raise a total of £7,708 for West Lothian Foodbank in the last year.

Published 26 November 2019

SLCC reports best ever year of performance

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has reported its best ever year of performance in dealing with complaints about lawyers and law firms in Scotland.

Published 25 November 2019

Nine solicitors granted extended rights of audience

Nine Scottish solicitors have been granted extended rights of audience by the Law Society of Scotland Council to become solicitor advocates.

Published 22 November 2019

Snailed it… Law Society takes a shine to ‘Pilgrimage to Paisley’ commemorations

Two commemorative plaques highlighting the importance of the ‘snail in a bottle case’, which laid the foundations of the modern law of negligence, have been refurbished and unveiled in Paisley today as part of the Law Society of Scotland’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Published 8 November 2019

Controversial change to allow trainees to appear in court comes into effect

A change in admission regulations for Scottish solicitors to allow trainees to appear in court after completing just three months of their traineeships, rather than a year, has come into effect.

Published 4 November 2019

Law Society seeks views on representing vulnerable accused individuals

The Law Society of Scotland is seeking views from the profession relating to their experiences of representing vulnerable individuals facing criminal prosecution.

Published 28 October 2019

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC set to open Law Society of Scotland annual conference

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will discuss law and politics in an age of disruption at the Law Society of Scotland's 70th anniversary annual conference in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Published 24 October 2019

UK and Belgian bars sign up to post-Brexit cooperation

Positive relationships between legal professionals in the UK and Belgium are set to continue post-Brexit with the signing of a first-of-its-kind document by legal organisations in each of the nations.

Published 2 October 2019

All welcome to Law Society of Scotland debate on positive discrimination in the profession

The Law Society of Scotland is hosting a debate to mark its 70th anniversary and 100 years of women in law.

Published 26 September 2019

Law Society of Scotland launches new accreditation for legal technologists

Lawyers with specialist technology roles could be awarded a new accreditation in recognition of their expertise.

Published 25 September 2019

Law Society of Scotland responds to consultation on legal aid reform

The Law Society of Scotland has highlighted the importance of making the legal aid system easier to navigate for members of the public and solicitors, and reiterated concerns about the sustainability of funding for the service as part of the response to a Scottish government consultation on legal aid reform.

Published 20 September 2019

Law Society of Scotland announces strategic partnership with Braemar Finance

The Law Society of Scotland has announced a strategic partnership with Scotland-based Braemar Finance, a finance provider for the professions in the UK.

Published 17 September 2019

A tale of the SLCC and its determination levy, by Johnston Clark

After 35 years last month in the profession, 20 of them spent in senior management positions, including client relations manager, in a large firm practising in the higher risk areas of executries, litigation, family and residential conveyancing, I thought it would take more than a determination from the SLCC, a levy, and what they spent the money on, to upset me. However, despite my natural reluctance to air laundry in public, I need to bring my story to the attention of the profession. I doubt it will appear as ‘Johnston’s story’ in the ‘case studies’ on the SLCC website.

Published 12 September 2019

SLCC poll finds majority of public oppose Law Society’s regulatory function

The majority of the public do not think an organisation should both regulate lawyers and represent them, according to a poll commissioned by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).

Published 11 September 2019

Solicitors vote for below inflationary practising certificate fee rise

A below inflationary rise in the cost of practising as a Scottish solicitor, has been agreed by solicitors at a special general meeting.

Published 6 September 2019