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Consultation on proposed changes to the Accounts rules

Members of the legal profession are invited to give their views on proposed changes to the accounts rules in advance of the Law Society's 2019 annual general meeting on 30 May.

Charity legislation needs wider reform

We have called for a wider review of charity law in our response to a Scottish Government consultation

Time to recharge debate around administrative justice

Our President Alison Atack has called for a recharge in the debate around administrative justice at a stakeholder event, Shaping the Future of Administrative Justice in Scotland; Where do we go from here? held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 27 March.

Review of mental health law a step in the right direction

We welcome the Ministerial announcement of an independent review of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Majority of solicitors say Law Society should continue to regulate the profession

93% of respondents in our Annual Members' Survey agree that the Law Society should continue to be responsible for representation, support and regulation of solicitors in Scotland, according to independent research by Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research and Survation.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Reform required to strengthen cohabitants’ rights

The laws on cohabitation in Scotland are problematic and disadvantageous to vulnerable and grieving people, according to a report by the Law Society of Scotland.

Role of ADR and pro bono in legal services provision to be examined

Access to Justice consultations open to better understand the use of alternative dispute resolution and pro bono work

International solutions required to protect privacy rights

Our response to the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into whether new safeguards are required to regulate the use of personal data by private companies.

2019 financial health check for Scottish law firms launched

The 2019 financial health check for Scottish law firms opens - watch for your firm's email about this year's survey

Public awareness crucial to proposed organ donation system

Our comments on proposals to move to an “opt-out” system for organ donation in Scotland.

Have your say on in-house traineeships

Our new survey aims to provide a better understanding of the in-house traineeship market - let us know your views.