The Smartcard is issued by the Law Society of Scotland in cooperation with the Spanish Bar Association, RedAbogacia. It enables a secure and convenient way to conduct business and is now the primary ID for solicitors in Scotland.

What is the Smartcard?

A photographic ID for practising solicitors - allowing access to courts and prisons and helping reassure the public they are consulting a trusted adviser.

An electronic ID - allowing real-time confirmation of credentials, which will evolve across a range of new and planned services throughout the justice system.

A secure digital signature - allowing practising solicitors to sign documents and contracts entirely electronically, and to receive signatures from others knowing they come from a trusted professional system.

A 21st century register - to ensure that as a professional body, we are seen to hold robust and reliable confirmation of member credentials and offer our members registration services.

The Smartcard also provides evidence of your entitlement to practice.

What does it look like?

Law Society of Scotland Smartcard

  1. CCBE logo – Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.  The Law Society of Scotland is a Member of the Council and therefore Scottish Solicitors have access to European courts and prisons.
  2. The Law Society of Scotland, Governing Body of Scottish Solicitors.
  3. Your role in the Scottish legal profession.
  4. The Registration Authority for issuing Smartcards.
  5. Your Scottish Solicitor ID number which can be checked here.
  6. Card valid until date.
  7. The name you practise under.


Frequently asked questions about the Smartcard

Information about the Smartcard itself, the background to the project and how it affects members and their clients.

Smartcard practical advice guide

Further practical advice to using your Smartcard after it has been activated.

Digital signatures within the legal Profession

Digital signatures are the next step, explains the Project Manager and Deputy Registrar James Ness.