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Law Society comment on acquisition of McClure Solicitors by Jones Whyte LLP

The Society's Chief Executive Lorna Jack has commented on the announcement that McClure Solicitors has been acquired by Jones Whyte LLP.

COPFS and Law Society PIDM collaboration

Collaborative work between the COPFS and the Law Society for Scotland has been carried out to further improve the pre-intermediate diet meeting process. Read our update from a recent meeting which brought together prosecutors and defence lawyers and was convened by Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar.

Women’s Access Network launches

The Law Society of Scotland has launched the Women’s Access Network to connect senior women in the legal profession with female solicitors and trainees looking to take the next steps in their careers.

Law Society opposes plans for economic crime levy on solicitors

The Society has opposed proposals to introduce a UK-wide anti-money laundering levy on solicitors.

Diploma 2020 Q&A published

Following an unprecedented number of applications to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice this year, the Law Society of Scotland has created a dedicated advice section for students who have not secured a place on the Diploma.

LBTT threshold increase needs to happen sooner rather than later

We are calling on the Scottish Government to prioritise implementation of the increased threshold for Land and Building Transaction Tax for residential property transactions.

Urgent update on simple procedure cases

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that simple procedure action submitted on or after 1 June 2020 must be submitted via the Civil Online plaform. The Convener of our Civil Justice Committee has written to ask for a review of this decision.

AML Roundup June 2020

It is particularly important in these difficult times, that we maintain a clear focus on our AML measures and requirements and with that in mind, we wanted to bring you a round up of AML news and events.

Supporting the profession during the Coronavirus outbreak

We highlight some of the the support and guidance available to our members during the Coronavirus outbreak.

AML Registration Requirements during the Covid-19 crisis

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Disclosure Scotland service is currently only processing applications for people working on sectors deemed vital at this time. HM Treasury are content that, on a temporary basis, firms or new sole practitioners can provide a statutory declaration that the BOOM(s) does not have a relevant criminal conviction as part of the application.

Success fee agreement regulations

Our Success fee agreement working party have designed templates to support the profession in complying with the 2020 regulations and provide a gold standard agreement for the profession’s use going forward.

Continued protection of client money during the Covid-19 crisis

Protecting client money held by practice units remains a crucial requirement during these unprecedented times. However, we appreciate that there...