Regulatory Committee

Regulatory Committee

Carol Ford - Convener

Phillip Yelland - Secretary (philipyelland@lawscot.org.uk)

Who are we and what do we do?

The Regulatory Committee was created by the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010. It is a committee of the Council of the Law Society but it acts independently. It is responsible for the oversight of the Society’s regulatory functions and must be chaired by a lay member, not a solicitor.

The Regulatory Committee is of the view that its clear remit is to set, maintain and enforce standards in the interests of the public and the profession. The information contained in this report illustrates the extent and depth of its work, and its commitment to a well-ordered legal profession, which retains the trust of the public.

The committee consists of ten members – five solicitors and five non-solicitors.  

Members of the committee are:

Solicitors
Joe Boyd
Colin Dunipace
Frank Hughes
Frank McAuley
Ross Taylor

Non-solicitors
Craig Cathcart
Stuart Fair
Carole Ford
Alan Plumtree
Elaine Tait

The current convener of the committee is Carole Ford, a retired head teacher.

The committee meets regularly every two months. It also convenes as required to deal with regulatory issues as they arise.

Underneath the Regulatory Committee there are 12 regulatory sub-committees. These operate under a schedule of delegated powers from the Regulatory Committee. Some of those delegated powers are further delegated from the sub-committees to members of the executive. 

Each sub-committee is responsible for the regulation of different aspects of the regulatory framework.

 

The regulatory sub-committees are:

Admissions

Education and Training (Standard Setting)

Appeals and Reviews

Practising Certificate

Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance

Professional Conduct (2)

Client Protection (formerly Guarantee Fund)

Right of Audience

Complaints

Rules, Waivers and Guidance

 


The Regulatory Committee operates under a the following remit agreed by the Council.

  1. To ensure that standards for the profession are set by making relevant and appropriate rules and guidance, to be applied in a uniform and consistent way and reviewed regularly.

  2. To ensure on an ongoing basis that the internal processes, policies and procedures adopted by the regulatory sub-committees are effective, appropriate and proportionate in order to ensure consistent regulatory decisions are made for the protection of the public and profession and to ensure that the sub-committees comply with sections 3B (2) (a) and (b) of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.

  3. Where any rule, policy, process or procedural changes are not in the authority of the Regulatory Committee, to make recommendations for any changes to the appropriate governance group in the Society (eg the Council, Board, Finance Committee or chief executive or, in the case of rules, the general meeting of members and the Lord President).

  4. To build, develop relations with and consult all stakeholders to ensure confidence in the work of the profession and Society’s regulatory regime.

  5. To contribute to the Law Society of Scotland’s overall strategy, annual plan and budget processes, including assisting the chief executive, Board and Council in making resourcing decisions.

  6. To create a plan of work for the Regulatory Committee based on the strategy and annual plan and report progress on this to the Board.

  7. To provide a written annual report at the Council and Board on the work of the committee and key regulatory issues.

  8. To submit all minutes of its meetings to the Council on a timely basis and provide regular reports to the Board.

  9. To delegate regulatory functions to relevant sub-committees having created and sought approval for the scheme of delegation and the remits of those sub-committees from the Council.