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Joint statement in support of lawyers in China

Joint statement by the Law Societies of Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Scotland.

Survey finds support for aspects of remote civil hearings

Findings from our recent survey of civil court practitioners have indicated that remote hearings work well for procedural and uncontentious matters, however far fewer respondents thought that more complex hearings should be carried out remotely.

Racial Inclusion Group survey

The Society's Racial Inclusion Group wants to hear the experiences of people from an ethnic minority background, who are studying/practising law. Whether you are a solicitor, solicitor advocate, trainee solicitor or law student, your feedback will help the Group consider steps it could recommend to the Society.

Law Society and Hey Legal team up to boost flexible traineeships

We've joined forces with Hey Legal, the training and resources platform for the Scottish legal community, to help promote flexible traineeships across the profession.

Law Society comment on acquisition of McClure Solicitors by Jones Whyte LLP

The Society's Chief Executive Lorna Jack has commented on the announcement that McClure Solicitors has been acquired by Jones Whyte LLP.

Continued financial support for Scottish solicitors to support business recovery

Our Council has agreed a proposal, which will be considered at next month's AGM, for the practising certificate fee for all solicitors in 2021/22 to be 10% less than the pre-pandemic amount.

COPFS and Law Society PIDM collaboration

Collaborative work between the COPFS and the Law Society for Scotland has been carried out to further improve the pre-intermediate diet meeting process. Read our update from a recent meeting which brought together prosecutors and defence lawyers and was convened by Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar.

Nominations open for In-House Rising Star Award 2021

Do you know an up-and-coming in-house legal star? Nominations are now open for the 2021 In-House Rising Star Award.

Specialist AML guidance for Trust & Company Work and Notaries published

The Legal Sector Affinity Group has published further anti-money laundering guidance for specialist areas of legal practice, following its extensive redraft of the main UK AML guidance in January.

Regulatory Committee update

The Society's Regulatory Committee Convener Craig Cathcart provides an update on the work of the committee in 2020 and 2021.

Our Mental Health Awareness Week programme of events

Explore our full programme of events for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, which runs from May 10-14. We are running daily lunchtime sessions on a different theme, from reflecting on what we've learned about wellbeing during the pandemic, to accessing innate resilience and fertility awareness.

Any change of verdicts must be consistent with principles of Scottish justice system

As Scottish Parliament election candidates pledge to review the not proven verdict, Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that principles of Scottish criminal justice system must be maintained.