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Climate change and the Scottish legal profession

Our COP26 and climate change working group surveyed members about what the profession thinks are the key climate change issues.

Workloads increasing but law firm finances yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels

Our recent survey highlights that while workloads for Scottish legal firms have increased since the early part of lockdown, turnover has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

Social media updated guidance

The Technology Law and Practice Committee has developed a refreshed set of tips and tricks to help you gain the most out of social media opportunities, while at the same time helping keep you cyber-secure, navigating the safer online path, and avoiding the hidden social media platform pitfalls. As an introduction, check out their golden rules of thumb to avoid potentially serious issues, embrace a clear online strategy, and benefit from social media as a legal professional.

First fully virtual Dewar Debate kicks off

The first fully virtual Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, organised by the Law Society of Scotland, has kicked off, with pupils from across Scotland taking part online in the opening round of the contest.

Public policy highlights November 2020

Recent areas of work for our policy committees have included the UK Withdrawal from the EU (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, UK Internal Market Bill and responding to consultations on artificial intelligence and Capital Gains Tax. We have also responded to a survey on coronavirus guidance in the context of criminal law.

FinTech Scotland, ScotlandIS and LawscotTech to build strong digital economy through collaborative clusters initiative

FinTech Scotland, ScotlandIS and LawscotTech are to take a collaborative cluster approach to building strong digital economy in Scotland

Court protests show ‘clear and understandable’ frustration among solicitors

Commenting on today’s protest action by court solicitors, President of the Law Society of Scotland, Amanda Millar said, “The frustration being felt by the profession across Scotland is clear and completely understandable. Over recent days, I have seen some legal aid solicitors in tears, fearful of the future and angry at a system which does not seem to care.

Murray Etherington sole nominee to become Law Society President in 2022

Dundee-based solicitor Murray Etherington has been nominated as a future President of the Law Society of Scotland at today's meeting of the Council.

Law Society welcomes further amendments planned for Hate Crime Bill

The Society has welcomed plans for Stage 2 amendments to Hate Crime Bill

Evidence required to show lockdown hospital discharges were lawful

We have called on the Scottish Government to release data showing the legal basis for moving hospital patients to care homes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, due to the lack of information in a recent Public Health Scotland report.

Fraud alert - fraudulent SRA email

We have been made aware of Scottish solicitors recently receiving emails fraudulently claiming to be from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Scam alert - cloned emails

Our members must continue to be vigilant with reports of scammers continuing to target the profession, with a recent scam reported to us involving cloning emails.