A to Z of what we do

Below is a quick guide to the services that the Society provides

Accreditation

operate a specialist accreditation scheme

Business development

work with different sectors (family-run businesses, renewable energy and others) to improve take-up of legal advice

Business support

such as publishing the Recession to Upturn guide

Careers service

for those interested in working in the law

Complaints

advice, training and support on handling and how to avoid complaints

Confidential helpline

for all practitioners to advise on rules, guidelines and practice

Cost of time survey

cost and profitability benchmarking for the profession

CPD programmes

comprehensive, relevant and affordable training

Education policy development

to ensure quality training for those entering the profession

Entrance and admissions

oversee admissions to the profession

Equality and diversity

work to support equality and diversity in the profession

EU office in Brussels

represent views and promote interests of the profession at EU

Events

conferences, DVDs, online learning

Faculties

liaise with local faculties to listen and discuss current issues

Fee negotiations

on behalf of the profession, eg pre-action protocol fees and judicial tables of fees

Financial compliance

regular inspection of firms' accounts, with advice on reducing risk

Foreign lawyers and registered European lawyers

provide regulatory scheme

Client Protection Fund

administer the fund on behalf of the profession and compensate clients in cases of dishonesty

Incidental financial business registration

for members offering incidental financial advice

In-House Lawyers' Group

provide support through training, updates and networking opportunities

Insolvency practitioners

license solicitors to practise in this area

International

engagement to develop business opportunities

Interventions

to manage failed legal firms and transfer the business to other firms

LawCare

pastoral and health support for members, their families and staff

lawscotjobs.co.uk

online job search site

Law reform

analyse and respond to legislation from Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels to improve the law and legal system for the profession and public

Legal aid rates

work with the profession to negotiate with government and Scottish Legal Aid Board

Master Policy

(professional indemnity) ensure best value for members

Member benefits scheme

offer benefits, services and discounts specially negotiated for members

New lawyers

careers advice and development work

News

we publish the Journal, Bulletin, website and promote the profession in the media

Notaries

maintain the register, issue guidance and regulate notaries

Online directory

Find a solicitor function on the website

Paralegals

operate the Registered Paralegal Scheme

Practice guidelines

to provide clear and accessible guidance for the profession

Practice management

best practice advice and training from setting up a firm onwards

Professional indemnity insurance

see Master Policy

Promote the Scottish solicitor brand

to the public and stakeholders, both locally and internationally

Public information

provide information on buying/selling a property, wills, complaints systems and finding a solicitor

Represent members' interests

with government, parliament, SLAB, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Represent members' interests

with non-legal organisations, commercial & consumer bodies and other regulators

Research

to understand issues and to provide data to assist our work with members

Rules online

practice, accountancy and money laundering rules

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission liaison

Making a complaint

SLCC levy collection, complaints liaison and representation

Solicitor advocate training

training of solicitor advocates

Solicitor roll

maintain the roll of solicitors

Specialisations

to recognise expertise and inform the public

Standards

set, develop and maintain standards for the profession

Support

key business decisions, such as conversion to LLP. See also Alternative business structures

Tailored programmes

for key groups, eg in-house lawyers and newly qualified solicitors

Traineeship advice

for training organisations and trainees

University accreditation

accredits universities as education providers