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Dewar Debate 2021 finalists confirmed

Four teams from schools across Scotland have reached the grand final of our national schools debating tournament, after a nail-biting semi-final that saw the return of the unseen motion.

Law Society Council nomination period opens

From Lerwick to London, Scottish solicitors from across the country are being invited to stand for nomination to the Law Society of Scotland’s Council.

Public Policy highlights – March 2021

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law. Read our round up of the key pieces of work completed in March.

SLCC budget change must mark start of a change in approach

Law Society President Amanda Millar responds to SLCC announcement of budget and levy for 2021/22.

5% legal aid fee increase is a first step, not a fix

Today (22 March) marks the introduction of a 5% increase in legal aid fees, but Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that this is just the first step on a journey.

Welcome news that weekend trial courts aren't part of September recovery plan

Weekend trial courts are off the cards, but holiday courts will still impact on resilience of profession warns Law Society of Scotland President.

Welcome for Mortgage Lending and Cladding Working Group recommendations

A report published today has recommended a single building assessment programme to carry out safety assessments on high rise buildings and use of public funding towards remediation work.

New two-year strategy set to drive improvement in Scottish legal sector regulation

The Society's Regulatory Committee has published a new two-year strategy which aims to improve regulatory processes, enhance competition in Scotland’s legal sector and ensure robust consumer protections.

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission “costing more for doing less”

We have submitted the Law Society's response to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission's budget and levy proposals for 2021/22.

National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership report published

The report and recommendations set out a statutory framework for human rights, but Scotland's record on human rights should never be taken for granted.

Call for education programme to support hate crime legislation

We have called for an education programme to support proposals to modernise hate crime legislation, which will encourage an inclusive, equal and diverse Scottish society

Statement of solidarity in support of lawyers in Myanmar

We have joined with the law societies of Northern Ireland and Ireland to issue a joint statement of solidarity in support of lawyers in Myanmar being threatened for working to uphold the rule of law.