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Law Society President to meet Moray solicitors

17 February 2014 | tagged News release

Law Society of Scotland President Bruce Beveridge is to meet Moray solicitors at an event being held today, Monday, 17 February.

The Law Society's President will highlight the Law Society's top priorities for the future in supporting both its members and the public at the meeting in Elgin and aims to make the most of the chance to meet solicitors practising in the area.

Mr Beveridge said: "Solicitors play a vital role in communities across Scotland. They provide a wide range of essential services such as advising community groups and businesses whether large or small, or helping at key points in people's lives - buying and selling a property, making a will or power of attorney or dealing with the death of a loved one. They can often provide a lifeline when someone is in the greatest need of help and support. 

"I am keen to meet with as many practitioners across Scotland as possible during my time as President to discuss issues that affect them and their clients directly and also share ideas, information and look at the opportunities that are out there for solicitors to develop their businesses and provide the services their clients want and need.

"The past few years have been a time of rapid change for the legal profession. The economic downturn has had a major impact on all sectors, including legal services and has particularly affected local high street law firms up and down the country. The constraint on public spending has also had a significant impact - for example on legal aid and the closure of some local courts - on top of the economic cutbacks in the private sector.  

"There are welcome signs of greater economic activity but there will be no let up in the pace of change for solicitors as the legal marketplace becomes ever more competitive; and I am keen to find out the views of our members and listen to their concerns on a variety of topics to understand better the issues that they and their clients and communities face on a local as well as national level."

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17 February 2014

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