Law Society announces strategic partnership with Mitigo cybersecurity

The Society has announced a new strategic partnership with Mitigo to boost cyber security and resilience for law firms.

Prospective students and universities warned of challenging times ahead for traineeships

With a record high number of students applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice this year, the Law Society has written to accredited providers and provided guidance to prospective students about the difficulties there may be in finding a traineeship next summer.

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

New action plan aims to tackle mental health stigma

We have launched a three-year action plan that aims to tackle stigma around mental health in the legal sector. The new action plan follows a major survey of Scotland’s legal profession last year on their views of mental health in the workplace.

Fraud alert - intercepted emails to divert payments

As the Scottish legal profession concentrates efforts on protecting themselves, their colleagues, clients and businesses from the unprecedented challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, fraudsters are making the most of the disruption.

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.

New Law Society President ready for challenges ahead

Leading the profession as we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown, promoting the principles of equality and diversity, the value of a viable, strong legal profession to civil society and pressing for a robust, modern regulatory system will be key issues in the year ahead, according to the new President of the Law Society of Scotland.

Solicitors approve reduction to cost of practising, in support of Society’s £2.2m financial support package

A reduction to the practising certificate fee for 2020-21 was approved by solicitors today, at the Law Society of Scotland’s first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Qualified One Way Cost Shifting

The Right Hon Lord Carloway has written to the Law Society, confirming his expectation that the rules to implement Qualified One Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) will be in force no later than winter 2020.

Gender equality roundtables findings published

The findings of roundtables examining key gender equality issues and attended by people from across the legal profession have been published today by the Law Society of Scotland.

Philip Yelland retires after 30 years at Law Society

Our Executive Director of Regulation, Philip Yelland, retires after 30 years at the Society

Proactive approach needed in restarting jury trials

The Society has said the profession is committed to ensuring delivery of an effective justice system during this challenging period and that it is motivated to take a proactive approach in restarting criminal jury trials.