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Disclosure of Interest - Outsourcing

Category: Guidance

Obligation on outsourcers to disclose interests

Dispute Resolution

Category: Guidance

Guidance for solicitors providing advice on dispute resolution procedures

Diversity - outsourcing

Category: Guidance

Diversity - Outsourcing

Document Control and File Tracking

Category: Guidance

When a solicitor takes control of files from another solicitor for any reason and in any situation (including but not limited to receipt of files either in implement of a Mandate or where files are taken over from a ceased practice) the solicitor receiving the files should keep a record of all the files received.

Drafting Wills

Category: Rule

You shall not knowingly act on instructions in relation to the preparation of testamentary writings which could reasonably be perceived to give unfair benefits to you or those connected with you by family or professional relationships.

Drafting Wills

Category: Guidance

Rule B2.2 is a restatement of The Solicitors (Scotland) (Drafting Wills) Practice Rules 2010 ("the 2010 Rules") with one amendment (the addition of the word "knowingly" before the word "act" in rule B2.2.2, added for clarity and consistency with B2.2.3).

Effective communication

Category: Rule

You must communicate effectively with your clients and others

Electronic Communications

Category: Guidance

Written email and social media policies intimated in writing to everyone in the practice unit is good risk management. They should be reviewed regularly and link to other relevant practice unit policies (for example, E-Communications, Business Continuity, Equal Opportunities, Bring Your Own Device, IP/copyright infringement or IT Security Policies etc.).

Engagement Waiver for Mortgage Lenders

Category: Guidance

The Professional Practice Committee considers that it is unnecessary to provide written information as required by rule B4 at least in domestic security transactions, as lenders are setting out the terms of the relationship in their instructions to solicitors and fees will require to be paid by the borrower.

Equality and Diversity

Category: Rule

You must not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation in your professional dealings with other lawyers, clients, employees or others

Equality and Diversity

Category: Advice and Information

Ensuring fairness, creating opportunities. This is a practical guide for firms. It covers how firms can improve practice, broaden skills and develop new business by understanding the needs of different clients and staff. An additional supplement focuses on the specific of access for people with disabilities.

Failure to Comply

Category: Rule

Failure to comply with these rules may be treated as professional misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct.