A Christmas campaign has been launched by the Law Society of Scotland in support of its new charity, the Lawscot Foundation.

Dubbed "#Baublefest", for each donation made through the Lawscot Foundation Just Giving website or at the Society’s Edinburgh office, a bauble featuring the name of the donor individual or organisation will be added to the Society’s Christmas tree.

The Foundation was established earlier this year, following the Society’s review of fair access and potential barriers to entering the legal profession in 2014. It will offer financial assistance and mentoring support to students from less advantaged backgrounds to help them as they study at university for a law degree and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

Heather McKendrick, head of careers and outreach at the Society, said: “Visitors to the Law Society’s office may be taken aback by our rather bare looking Christmas tree, but we hope that won’t last too long!"

She added: “We want to offer bursaries to as many people as possible 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.”

The Foundation website is www.lawscotfoundation.org.uk