Preventing money laundering during Covid-19

The UK Legal Sector Affinity Group has published an advisory note for legal practitioners to prevent money laundering or terrorist financing going through law firms during the Covid-19 crisis.

Welcome for civil business progress

President John Mulholland has welcomed the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service's invitation for the Law Society to comment on a protocol for civil business during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Opportunities now open to join Law Society Council

The annual elections to the Law Society’s Council are to go ahead, and Scottish solicitors across the country are being invited to stand for nomination. There are eleven seats available across four constituencies.

UK Law Societies make joint approach to UK Chancellor on Covid-19

The Society has joined with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Northern Ireland to make a unified and direct approach to the UK Chancellor.

Could you benefit from our mentoring programme?

During the the coronavirus outbreak support and advice can even more important and appreciated. We are encouraging our members to get involved in our mentoring programme as a mentor or a mentee.

Scottish business community calls for clarity, consistency and cooperation in Covid-19 response

The Society has joined a number of organisations within Scotland's business community to call for clarity, consistency and cooperation in Covid-19 response.

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.

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

The case for allowing the most serious criminal trials to be heard without a jury has not yet been made, warns the Law Society of Scotland commenting on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. This page has been updated to welcome the news that the Scottish Government will withdraw this element of the Bill.

Guidance to enable RoS interim measures

UK Finance has confirmed that most major lenders are in agreement with Law Society guidance in support of RoS interim measures to allow some urgent transactions to settle following the closure of the Applications Record of the Land Register of Scotland.

Statement on efforts to produce guidance for property sales

Guidance has now been agreed and published to enable interim measures introduced by Registers of Scotland to allow some urgent property transactions to settle this week. Ahead of that guidance Law Society President John Mulholland talked about the work which went into preparing it.

Stakeholder talks following suspension of the Applications Record

Following the Prime Minister's statement on Monday 23, Registers of Scotland suspended the Applications Record of the Land Register which means that they are no longer accepting applications for registration of titles. The Law Society is in talks with RoS to scope out possible ways forward.

Faculty ruling does not change solicitor obligations

Our comment following the publication of a Dean's Ruling allowing Faculty members to appear in criminal matters, short of trial, without the instructing solicitor.