Lawyers with specialist technology roles can apply for a new accreditation introduced by the Law Society of Scotland.

The Society has launched the specialism of accredited legal technologist in response to the development of a range of new roles within the legal sector, such as legal process engineer, legal analyst and legal technologist.

Initially it will be open to Scottish solicitors and Law Society of Scotland accredited paralegals who can demonstrate a good level of experience in legal technology, before being rolled out more widely. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their knowledge, skills and achievements and provide named referees, alongside their CV.

Paul Mosson, executive director of Member Services and Engagement at the Society commented: “This is a tremendously exciting development for the legal sector in Scotland. There has been huge growth in the number of legal professionals diversifying their skills, with some taking on specialist technology-based roles. We believe this is a trend that will intensify in the coming years. We want to support and recognise its development through our new accreditation and over time help to build a global community of specialists who are driving excellence in legal technology.

“This voluntary professional status will recognise the expertise of the successful candidates. We hope that as it develops the accredited legal technologist will become a quality marque that anyone working in legal technology would wish to hold, as it provides assurance to the public, clients and to their peers in the legal profession.”

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