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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.

External walls system update March 2021

Read our latest update on issues relating to External Wall Systems, including the recent report and recommendations from the Scottish Government's Mortgage Lending and Cladding Ministerial Working Group and new guidance from RICS.

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.