Updated UK AML guidance published

The Legal Sector Affinity Group has published an important update to its anti-money laundering (AML) guidance for the UK legal profession, including proposed changes to the identification and verification approach.

Tributes to former Labour and Conservative Ministers

Our President has paid tribute to former Labour Chancellor, Lord Alistair Darling and to former Conservative Minister, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, long serving Edinburgh MPs and former lawyers: ‘This week we have lost two elder statesmen of Scottish and UK politics. Both were deeply committed public servants and highly regarded across the political spectrum.’

Law Society colleagues raise £3,606.40 for Scottish Autism

Law Society of Scotland colleagues have shown their support for autistic people by raising £3,606.40 for the charity Scottish Autism.

Law Society announces next phase of climate crisis response

The Law Society of Scotland has announced further steps in response to the escalating climate crisis, seeking to act and lead change across the legal sector.

Cross Party MSP report shows why Bill on legal services regulation must change

A critical cross-party MSP report on the Scottish Government’s new legislation on regulating legal services has shown why the Bill needs to change.

Pat Thom nominated as Law Society president-elect 2025/26

Solicitor Pat Thom has been nominated as president-elect 2025/26 of the Law Society of Scotland.

New look Journal set to go live in 2024 with Think Publishing

A new look Law Society of Scotland Journal is set to go live in 2024. The move follows the appointment of Think Publishing following a competitive tender process earlier this year.

Journal Editor receives Lifetime Achievement award

Peter Nicholson, editor of the Law Society of Scotland’s Journal magazine has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Herald Law Awards.

New trainee solicitor numbers remain near record high

Strong momentum in recruiting solicitor trainees in Scotland has been maintained for a third consecutive year, with another 765 traineeships...

Law Society publishes annual plan for 2023-24

Supporting the legal profession and protecting the public interest lie at the heart of the Law Society’s annual plan for 2023-24.

Survey shows mental health issues widespread in legal profession

Results from our Profile of the Profession research suggest that nearly two out of three Scottish legal professionals have experienced mental health issues in the past five years, underlining the importance of our sector-wide focus on wellbeing.

AML annual supervisory report 2023

Read our 2023 anti-money laundering (AML) annual supervisory report, covering the AML work we've undertaken over the past year and key stats on the regulated population.