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Opportunity to support Scotland’s small businesses back to business  

We are pleased to invite our members to join and take part in the Recovery Advice for Business scheme by offering free support and advice to help small businesses recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

100 days until the transition period ends

With 100 days to go until the end of the transition period, Michael Barnier, Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, warns that ‘Nobody should underestimate the practical, economic and social consequences of a “no deal” scenario."

Diversity data collected at PC renewal for first time

Diversity data will be collected as part of the annual Practising Certificate (PC) renewal process for the first time this year, in order to support and advance the Law Society of Scotland’s equality and diversity work.

External wall systems update September 2020

Law Society of Scotland Property Law Committee member, Brian Smith, sits on a Ministerial Working Group set up to consider the issues with External Wall Systems and has written a discussion piece looking at some of the recent developments in this area.

In-house legal teams prove their value during pandemic

Recent surveys we have carried out highlight that organisations are increasingly turning to their in-house legal professionals to support them with meeting their legal and regulatory obligations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Law Society letter to Justice Committee on post-pandemic courts

The Society's President Amanda Millar has written to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on developing solutions for the courts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Law firms aim to drive diversity in trainee recruitment

Following a successful pilot, Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto have committed to using of the Law Society of Scotland’s contextualised recruitment scheme, in partnership with RARE, in their latest graduate recruitment rounds, helping to drive workplace diversity and social mobility.

Law Society report recommends change for Scottish planning process

Amendments should be made to the Scottish Government Planning Circular 3/2012, to improve the efficiency and transparency of the planning process, according to recommendations made by the Law Society of Scotland.

New guidance on client accounts for banks

The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group has issued new guidance for banks and financial institutions regarding client accounts’. The new guidance will mean that practice units can expect more contact from their client account holder about potential Anti-money Laundering risks.

Nominations open for new ‘third sector’ seat on Law Society Council

Nominations are being invited to four of the Law Society’s governing Council seats, including a new seat to represent the third sector.

Law Society of Scotland condemns Home Office video

The Law Society has condemned a UK Home Office video which describes legal professionals acting on behalf of migrants as ‘activist lawyers’ and called for it to be withdrawn.

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.