Online PC renewal to benefit Scottish solicitors and firms
Solicitors and law firms are being encouraged to take advantage of time and cost savings by renewing practising certificates online, prior to it becoming mandatory next year.
For businesses and individuals who have not already opted in, the opt-in window for renewing PCs online is between 12 August and 17 September 2014 and can be completed at www.lawscot.org.uk/pc-renewal
Individuals who opt in this year will be in with a chance to win an iPad, while firms can win an Update Direct seminar for their staff with a value of £500.
Over the last three years, thousands of members across Scotland have chosen to save time and money by renewing online and the Society is urging more members to take advantage of this service.
Mubasher Choudry of Mubasher Choudry Family Law Solutions in Aberdeen said: "As a sole practitioner, I try to make use of whatever tools are available to make my working life easier. The Law Society's online Practising Certificate renewal facility is one such great tool. It took me just a few minutes to complete, and it was very easy and simple to use. I would recommend all solicitors to take up this option."
The online process has also been welcomed by organisations which employ a large number of solicitors.
It has cut down on the time spent issuing and completing paper forms according to Gill Rust, a legal manager at Standard Life.
"I have found the new online system simple and intuitive to use. It has made the process of managing the PC renewal process within the business much more straightforward. We have lawyers in a number of buildings and departments so to be able to track progress online rather than have to chase up paper copies saves a lot of time and hassle.
Gill added: "The feedback from the lawyers within the business has been positive - particularly as it no longer requires writing out long hand. This is also good for me as it eliminates mistakes."
James Ness, Deputy Registrar at the Law Society of Scotland, commented: "We're delighted with the feedback we've had from members and firms who have taken part in online PC renewal.
"Next year the Society will move away from a paper-based renewal option to an entirely online renewal system. We're urging members to get a head start on this process and opt-in for online renewal this year."
For more information on online PC renewal, visit www.lawscot.org.uk/pc-renewal or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.