Brexit - what's next?

The Law Society of Scotland has stated its opposition to plans to abolish the not proven verdict in Scottish criminal cases, arguing that the change risks an increase in miscarriages of justice.

Brexit - what's next?

Responding to the UK Government Ministry of Justice proposals for £135m additional funding per year for criminal legal aid in England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland has criticised the lack of progress on resolving the legal aid crisis in Scotland.

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We are keen to learn about our members' experience of remote online notarisation - take part in our short survey by 9 April.

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We are issuing a reminder about support, guidance and obligations for trainees and training managers, along with the steps we're taking to see whether we can better support the training process.

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The Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (RCI) will come into force on 1 April 2022, with a grace period of one year for specified offences.

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Eight solicitors have been granted extended rights of audience by the Society's Council to become solicitor advocates, joining seven colleagues introduced to court last week.

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The Society's Council passed a resolution on Ukraine and international rule of law when it met today. Friday, 4 March 2022, which condemned the ongoing illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

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The Scottish legal sector must be alert to the implications of the current crisis and has a shared responsibility to comply with UK Government sanctions and present a united front against Russia’s violations of international law.

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Two University of Edinburgh students have won this year's Elaine Tyre Client Consultation Competition, giving them a chance to go on and win the International Client Consultation Competition later in 2022.

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The Law Society of Scotland condemns the use of force by Russia against Ukraine. International Law is clear that such actions are both legally and morally reprehensible. The invasion of Ukraine is an egregious breach of the rule of law and we support lawful action that will help bring this terrible conflict to an end as swiftly as possible.

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Let's talk about complaints. No one likes to be complained about, but we highlight the importance of engaging in the process as part of a solicitor's professional obligations - and seeking support if needbe.

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Pupils from 16 schools across Scotland have progressed into the semi-finals of the Society's Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. The second-round heats of the annual debating competition in January saw 32 teams debate the motion ‘This house would introduce university fees in Scotland’.