Law Society of Scotland condemns Home Office video

The Law Society has condemned a UK Home Office video which describes legal professionals acting on behalf of migrants as ‘activist lawyers’ and called for it to be withdrawn.

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.

Consulting with legal profession is key

Consulting with the legal profession is key to delivering post-pandemic courts which are effective and fair for all.

Diploma 2020 Q&A published

Following an unprecedented number of applications to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice this year, the Law Society of Scotland has created a dedicated advice section for students who have not secured a place on the Diploma.

Response to courts COVID-19 recovery plan

President of the Law Society, Amanda Millar, says it's vital that an open dialogue with the legal profession is part of the court service recovery plan.

Roll out of High Court Jury Centres welcomed

The Law Society has welcomed news that jury trials in solemn cases will make use of remote centres to ensure cases can go ahead while preserving physical distancing.

UK Government Economic Crime Levy Consultation

The UK Government is running a consultation on the proposed economic crime levy and we would strongly encourage members with an interest in the proposals, to submit your own responses by the 13 October deadline.

New working group for COP26

A new working group is leading on the Society's work to support policy development and law reform relating to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021.

Fraud alert - fake law firm

Fraud alert - we have been made aware of a fake law firm, Denton and Gardner, claiming to be based in Aberdeen

Nominations open for In-house Rising Star Award 2020

Nominations for this year's In-house Rising Star Award are now open! The award recognises the outstanding achievement of a newly qualified Scottish solicitor or trainee working in-house so let us know about your in-house rising stars of 2020.

Virtual custody courts pilot raises concerns among solicitors

The findings from a recent survey carried out by the Society on pilot virtual custody court hearings has highlighted significant issues faced by solicitors and their clients.

Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression

Plans to modernise hate crime laws in Scotland present a unique opportunity to enhance protections for those most vulnerable to prejudice in our society, however the Society has said flaws within the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill could prevent it from achieving its stated goals.