Derek Ogg QC

Tribute to Derek Ogg QC who sadly passed away on Friday 1 May 2020.

Supporting the profession during the Coronavirus outbreak

We highlight some of the the support and guidance available to our members during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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.

AML Registration Requirements during the Covid-19 crisis

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Disclosure Scotland service is currently only processing applications for people working on sectors deemed vital at this time. HM Treasury are content that, on a temporary basis, firms or new sole practitioners can provide a statutory declaration that the BOOM(s) does not have a relevant criminal conviction as part of the application.

£2.2 million package of financial support for Scottish solicitors

The Law Society of Scotland has announced an "unprecedented" package of financial support for members in recognition of the critical situation which faces individuals and firms.

SLCC budget ‘tone-deaf’ to the financial crisis facing the legal profession

The SLCC has laid its final budget for 2020/21 before the Scottish Parliament, increasing the levy which must be paid by every practising solicitor by 3.5% and making no recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on the profession.

Registers of Scotland digital submission service

We have updated our property guidance in light of the launch of Registers of Scotland's digital submission service, which will enable Scottish solicitors to submit scanned deeds for registration with effect from Monday 27 April 2020.

Gradual extension of court business is positive development for access to justice

The staggered reopening of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) for civil business will have a positive impact on access to justice for the vulnerable families, individuals and businesses served by the Scottish legal profession, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Newest legal technology specialist accredited by the Law Society

Legal technology specialist Andre Boyle has been awarded Accredited Legal Technologist status by the Law Society of Scotland.

Success fee agreement regulations

Our Success fee agreement working party have designed templates to support the profession in complying with the 2020 regulations and provide a gold standard agreement for the profession’s use going forward.

Update on civil business

Our chief executive, Lorna Jack, has now written to the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service with feedback on their urgent civil business protocol gathered from members of our Civil Justice Committee.

Jury trials should continue with safety measures in place

Feedback from a working group led by the Law Society has been submitted to the Scottish Government in response to their discussion paper on options for criminal jury trials during the COVID-19 outbreak.