For members

We offer support and a wide range of services to our members throughout Scotland.

The Society provides many professional, membership and regulatory services to Scotland's solicitors.

Member services

Among our services, the professional practice helpline offers guidance to members, while the professional support team provides tailored resources for individual solicitors and businesses, including information about legal aid and access to justice, legal reform and information for in-house lawyers and paralegals.

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Regulation and standards

All Law Society of Scotland members are expected to work to and maintain highstandards of service and conduct. Through its regulatory and other services, the Society defines and promotes standards of conduct and service to members and their clients.

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Membership and registrar

The membership and registrar team manages membership, the roll of solicitors, training contracts, entrance and admission and the Society's membership database.

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Legal reform and policy

Policy development at the Society is carried out by our teams in law reform and education and training. The Society also represents solicitors and the public in relation to the legal aid system and is responsible for the development of international relations.

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Legal aid and access to justice

The Society is committed to promoting a sustainable system of publicly funded legal aid and access to justice.

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In-house lawyers

In-house lawyers are a large and growing part of Scottish legal profession, with almost a quarter of practising solicitors working within government, local authorities, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the public and third sectors, and commerce and industry.

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Paralegals

The Registered Paralegal Scheme provides a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals and recognises the important role of the paralegal in Scotland.

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SOLAS

The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland represents cash room and accounting staff who support solicitors.

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Notaries

The Society's Council is responsible for for the admission and registration of notaries.

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Independence referendum 2014

We aim to provide fair, reasoned and balanced comment during the independence debate, ensuring the voice of Scotland's solicitors is heard.

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Practice management

Law Society's practice management consultation.

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