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HM Treasury approval for AML guidance for the legal sector

HM Treasury has approved updated anti-money laundering guidance developed by the Legal Sector Affinity Group

LawCare at 25 – ahead of the wellbeing curve

As we mark the 25th anniversary of LawCare, it's a timely moment to reflect on the charity's enormous contribution supporting individuals and changing attitudes to mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession.

Solicitors urged to help clients combat conveyancing fraud

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is encouraging Scottish solicitors involved in property conveyancing to make their clients aware of the risks of payment diversion fraud.

The Society and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators announce new collaboration

The Society is working in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to help promote the use of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution

New guidance on Law Society Style Success Fee Agreement

The Law Society has published new guidance on its style for success fee agreements. The new guidance comes into effect on 1 May 2022.

Criminal extended rights of audience applications open

Applications for criminal extended rights of audience are now open and will close on Monday, 21 February 2022.

Changes to IHT reporting requirements

Changes to inheritance tax (IHT) reporting for non-taxpaying estates came into effect on 1 January 2022.

Law Society renews partnership with Amiqus

We have renewed our strategic partnership with Amiqus to support Scottish solicitors in meeting anti-money laundering compliance requirements through use of technology, while the Leith-based tech company also engages in research and development to improve access to legal services.

Feedback invited on external walls assessment form

Scottish solicitors are invited to comment on the Scottish Government’s first iteration of an external wall appraisal form.

Collaboration and understanding of increased pressures needed during rise in Covid cases

The Society's President has written to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) encouraging continued collaboration and the need to acknowledge and show understanding of the increasing pressures on the profession during a period of rising Covid-19 cases.

Updated SCTS Court Guidance

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has provided an update on Court Guidance, for the Supreme Courts, Sheriff Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts, effective from Monday 15 November.

AML Certificate results 2020

Our Anti-Money Laundering Risk Manager, Bob Clark provides an update on the key insights and analysis from the data you provided in this year's Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Certificate.