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Legal aid fee increase must be part of wider reform

With a global 3% increase to legal aid fees taking effect from today, 26 April 2019, we have highlighted that this fee increase must be part of a wider package of reform.

Devolved taxes - tell us your views!

Our policy sub-committees are responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Devolved Taxes: Policy Framework and we would be pleased to hear from you with any views and experiences.

Balance between freedom of expression and protection of reputation crucial to reform of defamation laws

In our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on defamation in Scots law, we have a called for a balance to be found between the right of freedom of expression and the right of protection of individual reputation.

Greater redundancy protection for women and new parents needed

We have called for greater redundancy protections for women and new parents returning to work from maternity leave, shared parental leave and adoption leave.

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.

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.