Publications

We're responsible for a number of publications, either produced internally or by a third party publisher.

Technology Survey Report

Results of an extensive survey among members of the legal profession, carried out in 2016, into uses of technolgy and what our members view as the opportunities and threats it presents. Read the report.

Consumer Protections in Conveyancing Cases

A report to the Council of the Law Society of Scotland by Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen
Read the report

Preventing Bullying & Harrassment

This guidance is for all members and provides practical information to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Cost of Time Survey

The Society's annual benchmarking survey of firms' performance. Download the 2014 Benchmarks and cost of time survey.

Older survey reports:
2013 Benchmarks and cost of time survey

The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Reissue Service

The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia is the only comprehensive and authoritative narrative treatment of the law of Scotland and is the cornerstone of the Scots lawyer's library. Order it hereLexis Nexis are currently carrying out a survey of on Stair's title scheme.

Directory of Expert Witnesses

The most comprehensive and up-to-date listing of expert witnesses working in Scotland. Order a copy or use the online service.

The Journal

The Journal is the official monthly publication of the Law Society of Scotland. The magazine can be accessed via Journal Online. Non-members can subscribe to the Journal. Please contact charlottacederqvist@lawscot.org.uk for more information.

Scottish Criminal Case Reports

A bi-monthly publication providing commentary on the most interesting criminal cases reported in Scotland. To subscribe, please contact W Green.

Scottish Civil Law Reports

A bi-monthly publication providing commentary on the most interesting civil cases reported in Scotland. To subscribe, please contact W Green.

The Scottish Law Directory (the White Book)

The White Book contains the official list of certificated solicitors and other legal contacts on an annual basis. Copies of the publication can be ordered from LexisNexis.

Solictors Professional Handbook

Comprehensive and up-to-date source of legislation, providing collections of consolidated statutes, legislative amendments and subordinate in key areas of law. Copies of this publication can be ordered from Sweet and Maxwell.

Recession to Upturn: Financial Management and Strategy for Law Firm

This publication is aimed at practitioners and explains the importance of forward financial planning in building a sustainable and profitable business.

Surviving the Downturn: A Practical Guide for Individuals

This publication is aimed at solicitors who have found themselves out of work during this difficult time, be that through redundancy, at the end of a traineeship, or are individuals finding it hard to return to the profession after some time away.

Ensuring fairness, creating opportunities: A practical guide to equality and diversity for Scottish solicitors

This guide is designed to support solicitors in understanding why diversity is important and a central element of building a sustainable and profitable business.

This supplement is available in PDF for desktops or eBook format for tablet and smartphone devices.

Ensuring Fairness, Creating More Accessible Services

To help firms with some of the specific requirements around access for people with disabilities to their services a supplement to the main guide has also been issued.

This supplement is available in PDF for desktops or eBook format for tablet and smartphone devices.

Ensuring Fairness, Closing the Pay Gap

Despite more than 40 years of equal pay laws in Scotland, the pay gap, between men’s and women’s average pay, is still significant. This document takes a detailed look at this issue.

The modern notary public in Scotland

Guidance for intrant notaries

Understanding the Business Family - Booklet 1

The Law Society of Scotland commissioned the Scottish Family Business Association to produce three booklets designed to help members of the legal profession understand business-owning families and their businesses better.

Available for download: Understanding the Business Family - Booklet 1

Advising the Business Family - Booklet 2

The Law Society of Scotland commissioned the Scottish Family Business Association to produce three booklets designed to help members of the legal profession understand business-owning families and their businesses better.

Available for download: Advising the Business Family - Booklet 2

Mediation and the Family Business - Booklet 3

The Law Society of Scotland commissioned the Scottish Family Business Association to produce three booklets designed to help members of the legal profession understand business-owning families and their businesses better.

Available for download: Mediation and the Family Business - Booklet 3

Profile of the profession 2013

In January 2013 MVA Consultancy was commissioned by the Law Society of Scotland to conduct their Profile of the Profession survey 2013.

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