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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...

Preventing money laundering during Covid-19

The UK Legal Sector Affinity Group has published an advisory note for legal practitioners to prevent money laundering or terrorist financing going through law firms during the Covid-19 crisis.

Statement on efforts to produce guidance for property sales

Guidance has now been agreed and published to enable interim measures introduced by Registers of Scotland to allow some urgent property transactions to settle this week. Ahead of that guidance Law Society President John Mulholland talked about the work which went into preparing it.

New guidance aims to improve price transparency in legal services

New guidance for Scottish solicitors on publishing pricing aims to help consumers better understand the cost of legal advice and services.

Practice Rule Changes

See our update on Practice Rule changes relating to client communications and firms' client relations managers which come into effect on 1 February 2020

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.

70th anniversary annual conference celebrates Scottish solicitors

The Society is set to welcome Scottish solicitors from across the country at its 70th anniversary annual conference this week

Law Society launches new accreditation for legal technologists

Solicitors and Accredited Paralegals who have specialist technology roles could be awarded a new accreditation in recognition of their expertise.

Registers of Scotland reports price increase

Fees for Registers of Scotland reports will increase as of Monday 30 September.

AML Roundup September 2019

As the UK and Scottish Governments continue to intensify focus on AML measures and scrutiny of professional body supervisors, we continue to build our capabilities in this area – both to fulfill our responsibilities as a supervisor and to support our members’ compliance. Given that context, there is a huge volume of information and materials available and we have rounded these up for our members.