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Participating in remote jury trials

Guidance for practitioners appearing in remote court hearings.

Fraud alert - fake solicitor

Latest fraud alert - we have been informed that a person calling themselves David Moreno has claimed to be a Scottish-qualified practising solicitor.

Declining to appear in custody cases

Can a defence agent decline to appear in custody cases? Our Director of Professional Practice answers.

Concerns raised about attending court during Covid lockdown

Law Society President Amanda Millar responds to concerns raised about attending court during the current Covid-19 lockdown.

Complaints reform “a significant and positive step forward”

The Scottish Government has published a new consultation to improve the current 'complicated and cumbersome' legal complaints system.

Response to legal aid fee increase

Law Society President Amanda Millar responds to the Scottish Government's announcement of a 10% increase in legal aid fees across the board over the next two years.

Wrong to target high street law firms with economic crime levy

The Law Society of Scotland has said that small, high street law firms should not be hit with an additional economic crime levy.

Climate change and the Scottish legal profession

Our COP26 and climate change working group surveyed members about what the profession thinks are the key climate change issues.

Workloads increasing but law firm finances yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels

Our recent survey highlights that while workloads for Scottish legal firms have increased since the early part of lockdown, turnover has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

Social media updated guidance

The Technology Law and Practice Committee has developed a refreshed set of tips and tricks to help you gain the most out of social media opportunities, while at the same time helping keep you cyber-secure, navigating the safer online path, and avoiding the hidden social media platform pitfalls. As an introduction, check out their golden rules of thumb to avoid potentially serious issues, embrace a clear online strategy, and benefit from social media as a legal professional.

First fully virtual Dewar Debate kicks off

The first fully virtual Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, organised by the Law Society of Scotland, has kicked off, with pupils from across Scotland taking part online in the opening round of the contest.

Public policy highlights November 2020

Recent areas of work for our policy committees have included the UK Withdrawal from the EU (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, UK Internal Market Bill and responding to consultations on artificial intelligence and Capital Gains Tax. We have also responded to a survey on coronavirus guidance in the context of criminal law.