Thank you to Vice Dean of Faculty of Advocates

Tribute to Angela Grahame QC following the announcement that she is stepping down as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.

A quick guide to the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019

Provisions of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 came into effect today (Monday 20 January 2020), including a presumption in favour of pre-recording the evidence of child witnesses in certain types of cases. We are working with Scottish Government officials to develop training in this area, and in the meantime have highlighted some of the changes.

Property Law Committee update

Our Property Law Committee consider the law and practice around conveyancing and provide information and guidance where appropriate for the benefit of the Scottish legal profession. The committee has a keen understanding of the the ongoing challenges that property solicitors face in practice, deals with a variety of issues and is keen to highlight some of their recent work.

Scottish Government legal aid fee review: your views

Ian Moir, convener of the Law Society of Scotland Legal Aid Committee, calls for practitioner's experiences of the impact of legal aid fees

The role of appropriate adults

We highlight some of the key features arising from the Appropriate Adults Scheme which has came into effect this month, including their engagement with solicitors in relation to interviewing vulnerable adults.

SETS upgrade phase two

In early 2020 some changes and new functionality will become available in the online tax collection system (SETS). These changes and new functionality are collectively described as ‘Phase two’ of the SETS Upgrade.

Legal aid fees court case

Members providing legal aid services will interested in the progress of a case at Edinburgh Sheriff court where a firm is seeking payment of interest on fees from the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB).

Scott Lindsay joins Law Society

Scott Lindsay has joined the Law Society of Scotland as Executive Director of Finance and Operations.

Tourist tax should have a national framework with local discretion

A tourist tax would be most practical and efficient if implemented as part of a national framework, with some built-in flexibility for local discretion.

Fifth Money Laundering Directive key changes document

The UK Money Laundering Regulations have been amended, to take account of changes imposed by the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive with effect from 10 January 2020. The UK Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) have agreed an interim “Key Changes Document” to help firms comply with the new requirements.

Feedback from pilot scheme essential for new short-term lets licensing

The new licensing scheme for short-term lets announced by the Scottish Government will still benefit from the learning which can be achieved through a pilot scheme, the Convener of the Licensing Law Sub-Committee has cautioned.

A career outside a big firm - student roadshow!

Are you an LLB or DPLP student who's keen to find out about working in-house or for a high street firm? Our annual roadshow for students is bringing employers to you!