Legal aid news and updates

Legal aid news and updates July 2013

Informal legal aid meetings across Scotland

A summer series of Society lunchtime drop-in visits to local legal aid solicitors' common rooms has begun. Oliver Adair, who joined the Society's legal aid team in December 2012, will visit ten sheriff court common rooms, to chat to solicitors about their priorities and concerns.

Whilst the Society has made huge progress in using technology to communicate with the profession, recent experience during the criminal legal aid review, has reinforced the value of face to face engagement. Oliver well recollects while he was in private practice solicitors sitting in their common rooms over lunch discussing their concerns. Heaven forbid they may even have been critical of the Society! This initiative is an attempt to reach out to them in their natural environment.

If you would like more details of the programme or indeed to ask if your common room could be included, please contact Oliver at

He is looking forward to speaking with you. There is no need for an appointment - if you'd like to talk anything over with him, please just turn up at lunchtime 12.45 - 2.15pm.

  • Hamilton 19 June
  • Livingston 26 June
  • Aberdeen 3 July
  • Dundee 10 July
  • Inverness 17 July
  • Perth 24 July
  • Jedburgh 31 July
  • Stranraer 7 August
  • Dumfries 14 August
  • Paisley 21 August