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Inaugural AML supervisory report and Risk Appetite statement published

Today, we publish our inaugural annual anti-money laundering (AML) supervisory report, highlighting the breadth and range of AML initiatives that the Law Society of Scotland has recently undertaken, along with our first supervisory AML Risk Appetite statement.

Fraud alert - fake solicitor stamp and signature

We have been alerted to a scam involving the misuse of the name of a retired English-qualified solicitor as a witness to a signature on a Scottish residential lease.

Law Society calls for Scotland-wide high-rise cladding assessment following new funding announcement

We have welcomed the UK Government’s recent announcement on making further funding available for removing dangerous cladding on high rise buildings and called for a Scotland-wide assessment of high-rise buildings.

Court business reduction extended throughout March

The safety of court users remains of primary concern as the Lord President announces that the current reduction in court business will remain in place throughout March 2021.

Dewar Debate semi-finalists confirmed

Pupils from schools across Scotland debated the motion “This house would abolish the Olympic Games” to win a place in the semi-finals of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Payments to the Law Society

Members are reminded that all payments should be made via bank transfer or over the phone via credit or debit card. As our office is currently closed, we are unable to process and bank cheques at this current time.

Scottish Government legal aid resilience fund open

We're encouraging legal aid firms to look closely at the criterial for the Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for legal aid and apply if they are eligible.

Public Policy update January 2021

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law - read more about the key pieces of work they completed in January.

Racial Inclusion Group launches

The Law Society of Scotland’s new Racial Inclusion Group has officially launched, with Tatora Mukushi, a solicitor with Shelter Scotland, appointed as convener.

Traineeship numbers hit by pandemic

Our latest figures show that the number of traineeships offered by solicitors fell by more than a quarter in the last practice year, as the effect of the coronavirus pandemic took its toll.

Our priorities for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections

The Law Society has set out its priorities for 2021 Scottish Parliament election

Call for reduction in complaints levy on solicitors

In response to the Scottish Legal Complaint Commission's 2021/22 budget and operating plan, Law Society President Amanda Millar calls for a proposed freeze on the levy to be changed to a reduction.