October 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of consultations relating to Scotland’s place in Europe following the result of the referendum. We have also provided comment on the Scottish Government’s legislative programme.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website.

Public Policy Committee

The Society has established a new Public Policy Committee which will replace the Law Reform Committee from the beginning of the new operating year on 1 November.

The aim of the committee is to take a leadership role in the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy through the development of positions relating to public policy. Particular focus will be given to influencing the creation of a fairer and more just society and being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership.

The committee will have  oversight over all the specialist policy sub-committees and the policy work of a number of committees of the Law Society Council, including; Access to Justice, Civil Justice, Criminal Law and the Legal Aid Committee. The committee will also ensure close collaboration on policy work where required with the Law Society Board, its office bearers and various regulatory committees.

You can read our full strategy, leading legal excellence here.