Regulatory Committee update

The Society's Regulatory Committee Convener Craig Cathcart provides an update on the work of the committee in 2020 and 2021.

Our Mental Health Awareness Week programme of events

Explore our full programme of events for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, which runs from May 10-14. We are running daily lunchtime sessions on a different theme, from reflecting on what we've learned about wellbeing during the pandemic, to accessing innate resilience and fertility awareness.

Any change of verdicts must be consistent with principles of Scottish justice system

As Scottish Parliament election candidates pledge to review the not proven verdict, Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that principles of Scottish criminal justice system must be maintained.

External walls system update March 2021

Read our latest update on issues relating to External Wall Systems, including the recent report and recommendations from the Scottish Government's Mortgage Lending and Cladding Ministerial Working Group and new guidance from RICS.

Dewar Debate 2021 finalists confirmed

Four teams from schools across Scotland have reached the grand final of our national schools debating tournament, after a nail-biting semi-final that saw the return of the unseen motion.

Law Society Council nomination period opens

From Lerwick to London, Scottish solicitors from across the country are being invited to stand for nomination to the Law Society of Scotland’s Council.

Public Policy highlights – March 2021

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law. Read our round up of the key pieces of work completed in March.

SLCC budget change must mark start of a change in approach

Law Society President Amanda Millar responds to SLCC announcement of budget and levy for 2021/22.

5% legal aid fee increase is a first step, not a fix

Today (22 March) marks the introduction of a 5% increase in legal aid fees, but Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that this is just the first step on a journey.

Welcome news that weekend trial courts aren't part of September recovery plan

Weekend trial courts are off the cards, but holiday courts will still impact on resilience of profession warns Law Society of Scotland President.

Welcome for Mortgage Lending and Cladding Working Group recommendations

A report published today has recommended a single building assessment programme to carry out safety assessments on high rise buildings and use of public funding towards remediation work.

New two-year strategy set to drive improvement in Scottish legal sector regulation

The Society's Regulatory Committee has published a new two-year strategy which aims to improve regulatory processes, enhance competition in Scotland’s legal sector and ensure robust consumer protections.