Convener: Christine McLintock

Secretary: Katie Hay (katiehay@lawscot.org.uk)

Aims & functions of the committee

The aim of the committee is to take a leadership role in the delivery of the Law Society's strategy, particularly the area under influencing the creation of a fairer and more just society and being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership, through the development of positions relating to public policy.

The committee (together with other committees of the Society) also has an aim of meeting the Society's statutory objectives of:

  • Supporting the constitutional principle of the rule of law and the interests of justice
  • Promoting the interests of consumers and the public interest generally
  • Promoting access to justice and competition in the provision of legal services
  • Promoting an independent, strong, varied and effective legal profession
Members

Christine McLintock (Convener)
Emma Dixon
Sheila Inglis*
John Maciver
David Mair
James McLean
John Morgan
Katy Nisbet
Sheekha Saha
Lynda Towers
Katie Hay (interim secretary)

 

Public Policy sub-committees

The Public Policy Committee has a number of sub-committees reporting to it which are listed below. These sub-committees cover a number of areas of law and members of each of the sub-committees, both solicitor and non-solicitor, have a working knowledge of the relevant subject area.

Sub-committee remit:

Each of the sub-committees has an overarching aim to support the Public Policy Committee in the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, particularly in influencing the creation of a fairer and more just society and being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership, through the development of positions relating to public policy. Each sub-committee also has the aim of meeting the Society’s statutory objectives of:

  • supporting the constitutional principle of the rule of law and the interests of justice
  • promoting the interests of the profession and the interests of the public
  • promoting access to justice, competition in the provision of legal services
  • promoting an independent, strong, varied and effective legal profession.

Each sub-committee has the power to:

  • pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal systems through the proactive development of public policy proposals
  • respond effectively to law reform and other public policy proposals which come from the Scottish, UK and European institutions, the UK and Scottish Civil Service and other institutions such as the Law Commissions which produce proposals for law reform and public policy change
  • engage with government, their agencies and other stakeholders as well as the Society’s members in order to fulfil its role, ensuring close collaboration with Law Society office bearers
Sub-committee members

The sub-committees require some members to be willing and able to:

  • prepare reports or responses to consultations
  • draft comments on Bills
  • provide evidence to the EU, UK and Scottish Parliaments
  • provide media comment