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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.

Importance of rule of law as House of Lords debates UK Internal Market Bill

As the House of Lords debates sections of the Bill which contain provisions which will be inconsistent or incompatible with international or other domestic law, Law Society President Amanda Millar restates the impact a breach would have on the UK's reputation.

Price transparency guidance to come into effect in January 2021

Guidance for Scottish solicitors on publishing pricing aims to help consumers better understand the cost of legal advice and services is due to come into effect in January 2021.

Continuing to lead legal excellence in challenging times

We have today published our new strategy setting out our plan to sustain and evolve the Law Society and the Scottish legal profession over the next two years.

Law Society of Scotland calls for action to reform crofting law

We have published recommendations in relation to the law of crofting and urged the Scottish Government to take prompt action to reform the law.

Law Society opposes plans for economic crime levy on solicitors

The Society has opposed proposals to introduce a UK-wide anti-money laundering levy on solicitors.

Public policy highlights September 2020

The Society’s policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law. Key areas of work in September include a particular focus on Covid-19 and trade.

AML Certificate results 2019

Our Anti-Money Laundering Risk Manager, Fraser Sinclair provides an update on the key insights and analysis from the data you provided in this year's AML Certificate.

 Human rights lawyer appointed to Law Society Council

The co-founder of a human rights and equality charity is the first to be appointed to a brand new seat on the Law Society of Scotland Council to represent third sector solicitors. Kirsty Thomson, partner and director of JustRight Scotland, will take up the new role when she joins the Society’s Council next month. Her appointment was confirmed today, Friday 16 October.

Menopause resource launched to support Scottish legal profession

The Law Society of Scotland, in partnership with Peppy Health, has launched a comprehensive menopause support resource, designed to help individuals and firms access the support that they need.