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A person cannot be admitted as a solicitor unless they are deemed to be a 'fit and proper person to be a solicitor'.
Every person who practises as a solicitor in Scotland maintains the standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism that the public and other members of the profession expect.
Any person who practises as a solicitor in Scotland must be competent to do so and should not pose a risk to their clients, the public or other members of the profession.
The Society has issued guidance as to how fitness and properness will be addressed at the following stages:
This guidance seeks to set out:
The Society has reviewed its guidance to take into account the recent amendments to the Disclosure Scotland processes arising from The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2013. Applicants should bear this in mind when completing any application form or making any declaration to the Society.