Thirty projects supporting the Law Society of Scotland's five year strategy and set out in its annual plan for 2016-17, published today, the start of the new practice year.

Year 2 of the strategy plan includes projects under each of the Society’s five strategic goals to assure, serve, excel, influence and grow. They include:

  • introducing new services for members, concentrating on areas of business support, career growth, professional support and wellbeing;
  • providing a leading voice as the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union moves forward;
  • launching the work of a new Public Policy Committee, which will focus on proactive policy development as well as responding to policy proposals of most relevance to the legal sector, including plans for new British Bill of Rights;
  • continuing to press for modern and flexible legislation which protects the public and meets the needs of a modern legal profession;
  • preparing for the launch of new membership categories in 2017-18.

Projects also include considering alternative routes to qualification as a Scottish solicitor, and seeking to grow the numbers of law and diploma students from low income backgrounds by issuing the first bursaries from Lawscot Foundation, the Society’s new registered charity.

Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Society, commented: “I am excited to share our annual plan and the projects which will set us up to achieve year 2 of our ambitious five year strategy, Leading Legal Excellence. Each of the projects will be delivered by our skilled and committed staff team with support and expert guidance from almost 500 volunteers from across the legal profession and other sectors.

“The annual plan helps to explain how we will assure the public, serve our members, excel as an organisation, influence society around us and grow our membership and income. We are focused on being a world class professional body and we want our programme of support to meet the ambitions of our members working within and outwith the legal sector, no matter whether they are based in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or overseas.”

Regarding the Foundation Ms Jack added: “I’m delighted that we will be able to offer bursaries within the first year of launching our charity. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm within the profession and we hope that our members will continue to help us ensure there is a lasting legacy for the next generation of Scottish solicitors.”

Click here to access the annual plan.