About us

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors.

About us

We were established in 1949 and are financed by our members without any funding from government.

All Scottish practising solicitors are members of the Society and are required to meet our high standards. We also have an important duty towards the public interest.

To find out more, please see an A to Z of what we do.

As a professional body, our purpose is to lead legal excellence – this reflects our leadership role and our pursuit of excellence, taking us beyond simply being successful and respected and recognising that our members operate in and outside of Scotland.

This aim is underpinned by five objectives.

  1. To ASSURE our members’ clients and employers by setting and upholding standards that ensure excellent legal and customer service
  2. To SERVE our members through a detailed understanding of their needs, providing tools and services which they can use every day
  3. To EXCEL by operating as a world-class organisation
  4. To INFLUENCE the creation of a fairer and more just society by being an international centre in law and justice thought leadership
  5. To GROW our membership and income by being a vibrant, influential and inclusive organisation

 

 

The Society has a governing Council, which sits as the principal decision-making body of the organisation. It is made up of solicitor members, the vast majority of whom are elected by solicitors in constituencies covering each part of Scotland.

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We have created a bold, ambitious five-year strategy taking us towards 2020.

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We provide a range of services to our members and the public. Take a quick look at our A-Z of services to see how we can help you.

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The Society publishes an annual report and corporate plan every year. The latest versions are available here, along with a range of financial and other information.

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We aim to provide a high level of service to all those who depend on our services and with whom we interact.

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As in every organisation and despite our best efforts, things sometimes can and do go wrong. We want to know when we have not provided the kind of service we aim for.

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As the professional body for solicitors in Scotland, the Society has equality and diversity responsibilities to the profession, to the public as a whole, and as an employer.

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The people who work at the Society are our greatest asset. We advertise job vacancies and positions on the Council, our committees and working parties.

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You can contact the Society in writing, by phone or email.

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