Aims & functions of the committee
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 acts independently. The committee is responsible for the oversight of all of the Society’s regulatory functions and consists of five solicitor and five non-solicitor members. It must be chaired by a non-solicitor member, with the committee responsible for choosing its chairperson.
The Regulatory Committee's remit is to set, maintain and enforce standards in the interests of the public and the profession. You can read more about the remit of the committee, which highlights the extent and depth of its work, and its commitment to a well-ordered legal profession, which retains the trust of the public.
The current convener of the committee is Craig Cathcart, a senior lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The committee meets regularly every two months. It also convenes as required to deal with regulatory issues as they arise.
Members of the Regulatory Committee are:
Prof. Alan Paterson
Craig Cathcart (Convener)
Prof. James Gallagher
Alan Plumtree (interim to 31 December 2020)
The Regulatory Committee has a number of 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 Society's executive team.
Each sub-committee is responsible for the regulation of different aspects of the regulatory framework.
As with the Society’s Regulatory Committee, all regulatory sub-committees are 50/50 non-solicitor/solicitor. Non-solicitor members are marked as *