Law reform

Our Law Reform Department and committees work on behalf of the profession and the public to improve the law and legal system in Scotland. The practitioners, academics and other experts who sit on our committees and working groups make a vital contribution.

Analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law is one of our main functions. Part of this process involves commenting on consultations from the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament, Scottish Law Commission and elsewhere. See here for details of our current work.

This also details how the team can help MSPs with any legal questions they may receive from constituents.

Other responsibilities include:

  • representing the interests of the profession with government
  • representing the views of the profession to other legal bodies, such as the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
  • ensuring the profession's views are represented in major debates, for instance, about alternative business structures and legal aid and access to justice
  • working across Holyrood, Westminster, Brussels and the wider international arena
  • working with non-legal organisations - economic, political, consumer - and other regulators
  • consideration of the future education policy for those entering the profession

We also produce a parliamentary newsletter, Law Matters, to highlight our current work to MSPs. This is issued three times a year.

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