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Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include comments on the Planning (Scotland) Bill, Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill and more!

New planning legislation must deliver

In our briefing issued to MSPs, we have warned that the Planning (Scotland) Bill is currently unworkable and risks adding significant additional costs on local authorities, developers and communities.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include responses on succession law, vulnerable witnesses and environmental protections after Brexit!

Greater publicity required on importance of making a will

In our response to a Scottish Government consultation, we have stressed the importance of making a will and keeping it updated.

Law Society launches first sector-wide survey on mental health

We are urging everyone working in Scotland’s legal sector to take part in a new survey on mental health in the workplace.

Loss of EU environmental governance could see drop in current protections in UK post-Brexit

We have called for current environmental protections to remain intact after the UK leaves the European Union.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include responses on redundancy protection for women and new parents, defamation, charity law and more!

Greater consistency needed for vulnerable accused people

Report sets out five key steps to ensure greater consistency for vulnerable accused people

Legal aid fee increase must be part of wider reform

With a global 3% increase to legal aid fees taking effect from today, 26 April 2019, we have highlighted that this fee increase must be part of a wider package of reform.

Devolved taxes - tell us your views!

Our policy sub-committees are responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Devolved Taxes: Policy Framework and we would be pleased to hear from you with any views and experiences.

Balance between freedom of expression and protection of reputation crucial to reform of defamation laws

In our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on defamation in Scots law, we have a called for a balance to be found between the right of freedom of expression and the right of protection of individual reputation.

Greater redundancy protection for women and new parents needed

We have called for greater redundancy protections for women and new parents returning to work from maternity leave, shared parental leave and adoption leave.