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Legal services review announced

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today, Tuesday, 25 April, of an independent review of legal services, saying that current legislation governing the legal sector is no longer fit for purpose.

Society calls for delay on SLAB code of practice

The Law Society of Scotland has called for the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) to postpone the introduction of a proposed new code of practice until new legal aid fee levels for providing police station advice are agreed.

Survey of Scottish solicitors highlights Brexit and legal aid as key concerns

The impact of Brexit on the law and legal practice is a key issue for Scottish solicitors, according to the findings of a recent survey.

Legal aid news and updates - October 2016

The High Court of Justiciary has made an Act of Adjournal under section 305 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Legal aid news and updates - November 2015

Sheriff court solemn practice; the new Sheriff Appeal Court; our continued call for the inflationary uprating of fees; implementation of the Criminal Justice Bill in relation to the police station duty scheme; solemn legal aid – interim payments; our discussions with SLAB about appointed solicitor ABWOR

Legal aid news and updates - August 2015

We are currently consulting with members on legal aid regulations which have been laid in the Scottish Parliament. The regulations make changes to legal aid payment structures because of structural changes through the Courts Reform Act 2014, which are soon to be implemented.

Legal aid news and updates - June 2015

The Society’s Legal Aid Committee would like to update members on regulations which have been laid in the Scottish Parliament.

Legal aid news and updates - May 2015

In November 2014, the Law Society’s Legal Aid Committee published a discussion paper on legal assistance in Scotland. The consultation period closed on 30 January 2015.

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