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New report confirms alarm of Scottish solicitors over discharges to care homes

A report published by the Mental Welfare Commission confirms concerns previously raised by the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee about the circumstances in which the transfers of vulnerable people from hospital to care homes were carried out.

Statement on the nomination of Keith Brown as Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Keith Brown MSP has been nominated as the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Joint statement in support of lawyers in China

Joint statement by the Law Societies of Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Scotland.

Continued financial support for Scottish solicitors to support business recovery

Our Council has agreed a proposal, which will be considered at next month's AGM, for the practising certificate fee for all solicitors in 2021/22 to be 10% less than the pre-pandemic amount.

Any change of verdicts must be consistent with principles of Scottish justice system

As Scottish Parliament election candidates pledge to review the not proven verdict, Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that principles of Scottish criminal justice system must be maintained.

Law Society Council nomination period opens

From Lerwick to London, Scottish solicitors from across the country are being invited to stand for nomination to the Law Society of Scotland’s Council.

SLCC budget change must mark start of a change in approach

Law Society President Amanda Millar responds to SLCC announcement of budget and levy for 2021/22.

5% legal aid fee increase is a first step, not a fix

Today (22 March) marks the introduction of a 5% increase in legal aid fees, but Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that this is just the first step on a journey.

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission “costing more for doing less”

We have submitted the Law Society's response to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission's budget and levy proposals for 2021/22.

National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership report published

The report and recommendations set out a statutory framework for human rights, but Scotland's record on human rights should never be taken for granted.

LGBT+ History Month: Equality for all under the law

In a statement to mark the end of LGBT+ History Month, Law Society President, Amanda Millar confirms the Society's principles for equality for all under the law and our belief in the worth, value and inclusion of all trans people in the legal profession and wider society.

Maintaining respect for the rule of law in public debate

In public debate it is important to continue to respect the rule of law and our independent legal system, says Amanda Millar, President of the Society.