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Law reform round up December 2016

Proposed Football Act (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill, the impacts of Brexit on Justice and Security and the Future of Forestry in Scotland and more.

Routine improvement to our website

Due to routine improvement work to our website, some of our online services will be unavailable temporarily between 1pm on Thursday 15 December and 10am on Monday 19 December 2016.

Society past president elected to head CCBE

Ruthven Gemmell has been elected as president of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

Smartcard honoured at new cyber awards

The Law Society of Scotland picked up the Leading Light Innovation award at the recently-held inaugural Scottish Cyber Awards in Edinburgh.

Law Society welcomes plan to improve the lives of disabled people

The Law Society of Scotland has praised the Scottish Government for taking a ‘ground breaking’ approach in its new plan, ‘A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People’.

Courts need to prepare for proposed domestic abuse reforms

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposed criminal procedure reforms for the introduction of a new domestic abuse offence and warned that the courts may have to anticipate the need for additional resources.

Society welcomes plan to raise age of criminal responsibility

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility following a statement in the...

Law Society criticises drop in legal aid spending

The Society has responded to the publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s annual report which shows a drop in legal aid spending.

Professional Practice Updates - December 2016

In light of recent reported cases, we would like to remind members that we have guidance on the terms of Rule B1.5, Proper Instructions, namely that a member must be satisfied when taking instructions from a client that the client does in fact have capacity to give instructions in relation to that matter.

Trainee blog - Emily Callaghan

Emily is a first-year trainee from Brodies LLP. Her first seat is in the Commercial Services Division. Emily obtained her LLB and Diploma from the University of Dundee.

NQ blog - December 2016: Five tips for a successful transition from trainee to NQ

John Brannigan studied at the University of Glasgow and completed his traineeship at Gallen & Co Solicitors.

The UK should maintain links with Europe's police

The Society has responded to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee's Inquiry on the future of EU-UK security and police co-operation