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Law Society call for expert views on planning obligations

The Planning Law Sub-Committee is inviting Scottish solicitors and interested stakeholders to share their views on the subject of planning obligations under section 75 (Planning Obligations) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the Act’).

Give the gift of thanks this BaubleFest

The theme for this year's annual festive Lawscot Foundation fundraiser is 'thank you'. Buy a bauble for our Lawscot Foundation tree to say ‘thank you’ to someone who has made a difference in your life, with all the proceeds raised going to support more young people.

Ken Dalling nominated to become next Law Society of Scotland Vice President

Stirling solicitor Ken Dalling has been nominated to become the next Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland.

Tribute paid to past president Philip Dry

The Law Society of Scotland has paid tribute to former president Philip Dry, who passed away on 24 November 2019.

Law Society staff raise £7708 for West Lothian Foodbank

Walking the Kiltwalk, running the Edinburgh marathon relay, and organising a staff ‘soup kitchen’, are just a few of the fundraising activities Law Society of Scotland staff have undertaken to raise a total of £7708 for West Lothian Foodbank in the last year.

SLCC annual report

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) annual report for 2018/19, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, Lorna Jack said, “We are pleased to see the SLCC’s improved performance and its progress in clearing the backlog of cases. However, it is clear much more needs to be done.

2019 Scottish legal award winner blog

Jill Sinclair, who recently won the Lawyer of the year award for 2019 gives an insight in to the factors which led to the award win.

Nine new solicitor advocates welcomed

Nine Scottish solicitors, admitted by our Council as solicitor advocates with extended rights of audience, have been introduced to the Court at a ceremony on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

SNAILED IT… Law society takes a shine to ‘Pilgrimage to Paisley’ commemorations

Two commemorative plaques highlighting the importance of the ‘snail in a bottle case’ which laid the foundations of the modern law of negligence, have been refurbished and unveiled in Paisley today as part of the Law Society of Scotland’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Journal online integration

There is nothing as constant as change and that is particularly true in the digital world. So later this month, you can expect to see a big change when you visit the Journal online.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include the opportunity to comment on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, responses to the International Trade Committee’s call for evidence on Trade and the Environment, and our Child and Family Law Committee’s response to the Law Commissions' joint consultation on building families through surrogacy.

Platinum blog series - the future of Scotland’s 'not proven' verdict

As part of our platinum blog series our policy executive and secretary to the Society's Criminal Law Committee Gillian Mawdsley looks at the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Act and what it means in ensuring a more just, equal and fair society for us to live in as its citizens.