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Virtual custody courts pilot raises concerns among solicitors

The findings from a recent survey carried out by the Society on pilot virtual custody court hearings has highlighted significant issues faced by solicitors and their clients.

Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression

Plans to modernise hate crime laws in Scotland present a unique opportunity to enhance protections for those most vulnerable to prejudice in our society, however the Society has said flaws within the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill could prevent it from achieving its stated goals.

Fraudulent OPBAS email

We have been informed that members of the public have recently received emails fraudulently claiming to be from OPBAS.

Taxation by teleconferencing

The Law Society’s Civil Working Group, following discussions with Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services (SCTS), has received confirmation that the Auditor of the Court of Session and the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court (ASSPIC) will now conduct taxations of judicial accounts by way of tele-conference.

Law Society President congratulates new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates  

Law Society President Amanda Millar congratulates the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Roddy Dunlop QC

LBTT threshold increase needs to happen sooner rather than later

We are calling on the Scottish Government to prioritise implementation of the increased threshold for Land and Building Transaction Tax for residential property transactions.

Simple procedure claims can be submitted online and in paper

After discusions with the Law Society, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have confirmed that simple procedure claims can still be submitted by both paper and online.

Criminal law and legal aid round-up July 2020

A round-up of activity undertaken by the Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees in response to the coronavirus outbreak so far, as well as a look ahead to what challenges they are focussing on next.

Revenue Scotland update allows online ADS reclaim

Revenue Scotland has introduced new functionality to the Scottish Electronic Tax System (SETS) that allows taxpayers to claim repayment of Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) entirely online.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Client communication plan wins this year’s Innovation Cup

Great client communications can help strengthen solicitor-client relationships and minimise complaints. That’s the idea behind this year’s Innovation Cup winning entry.

Urgent update on simple procedure cases

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that simple procedure action submitted on or after 1 June 2020 must be submitted via the Civil Online plaform. The Convener of our Civil Justice Committee has written to ask for a review of this decision.