Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

New Law Society President ready for challenges ahead

Leading the profession as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown, promoting the principles of equality and diversity, the value of a viable, strong legal profession to civil society and pressing for a robust, modern regulatory system will be key issues in the year ahead, according to the new President of the Law Society of Scotland.

Solicitors approve reduction to cost of practising, in support of Society’s £2.2m financial support package

A reduction to the practising certificate fee for 2020-21 was approved by solicitors today, at the Law Society of Scotland’s first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Qualified One Way Cost Shifting

The Right Hon Lord Carloway has written to the Law Society, confirming his expectation that the rules to implement Qualified One Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) will be in force no later than winter 2020.

Gender equality roundtables findings published

The findings of roundtables examining key gender equality issues and attended by people from across the legal profession have been published today by the Law Society of Scotland.

Philip Yelland retires after 30 years at Law Society

Our Executive Director of Regulation, Philip Yelland, retires after 30 years at the Society

Proactive approach needed in restarting jury trials

The Society has said the profession is committed to ensuring delivery of an effective justice system during this challenging period and that it is motivated to take a proactive approach in restarting criminal jury trials.

Notarising documents via video call

A relaxation to the requirements for a notary or solicitor to be physically present for the execution of certain documents means that notarising can now be undertaken via video call.

New and familiar faces returned to Law Society Council

New Council members will represent all constituencies involved in this year's elections to the Law Society of Scotland's Council, with familiar faces also returning.

Reduction in new business due to COVID-19

The results of a survey of over 150 Scottish law firms has revealed the impact coronavirus restrictions are having on the profession.

Extension to the ADS reclaim period

Isobel d’Inverno, Convener of our Tax Law Sub-committee discusses legislative changes to the Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) and Revenue Scotland’s operations arising from Covid-19

Four schools reach Dewar Debate finals

Teams from schools across Scotland have won places in the grand final of the Law Society's national debating tournament.