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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.

Client communication plan wins this year’s Innovation Cup

Great client communications can help strengthen solicitor-client relationships and minimise complaints. That’s the idea behind this year’s Innovation Cup winning entry.

Urgent update on simple procedure cases

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that simple procedure action submitted on or after 1 June 2020 must be submitted via the Civil Online plaform. The Convener of our Civil Justice Committee has written to ask for a review of this decision.

Scottish Government guidance on moving home

The Scottish Government has issued guidance aimed at ensuring that moving home in Scotland can happen safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

Law Society comment on the Lord President's statement on the impact of Covid-19 on the justice system

Amanda Millar, President of the Law Society of Scotland, comments on the Lord President, Lord Carloway’s statement of Friday 19 June 2020.

Interim agreement supporting case progess in C19

Experienced Personal Injury practitioners have been working together to produce a ‘ways of working’ agreement to support progress in cases which might otherwise be stalled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

AML Roundup June 2020

It is particularly important in these difficult times, that we maintain a clear focus on our AML measures and requirements and with that in mind, we wanted to bring you a round up of AML news and events.

Legal role models campaign launched for schools

The Law Society of Scotland has launched a school campaign to challenge students’ views of a typical solicitor and highlight the diverse backgrounds of people entering the law.

Peebles High pupils win Dewar Debate final

Two pupils from Peebles High School have won the grand final of this year’s national Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Law Society announces strategic partnership with Mitigo cybersecurity

The Society has announced a new strategic partnership with Mitigo to boost cyber security and resilience for law firms.

Prospective students and universities warned of challenging times ahead for traineeships

With a record high number of students applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice this year, the Law Society has written to accredited providers and provided guidance to prospective students about the difficulties there may be in finding a traineeship next summer.

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

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