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John O’Donnell receives prison sentence for holding himself out as a solicitor

John O’Donnell was sentenced today, 27 February 2015, to a three-month period of imprisonment without the possibility of early release for breaching a court order against him holding himself out as a solicitor entitled to practise.

Law students: Making the most of your online presence

Rob Marrs discusses how a strong online presence can help law students make a name (or Twitter handle) for themselves and maybe even land the traineeship they've always wanted.

Law Society tribute to Joe Beltrami

President of the Law Society of Scotland, Alistair Morris, pays tribute to Scottish solicitor Joe Beltrami

Fake law firms ‘on the rise’

Scottish solicitors and members of the public are being warned to be on the alert for fraudulent law firms by the Law Society of Scotland.

Law Society comment on SLCC complaints figures

Law Society of Scotland chief executive, Lorna Jack, comments on latest figures from the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Law Society of Scotland to research homebuyer experience

Homebuyers in Scotland are being asked to take part in a new research project to help find out more about what they think are the key issues involved in buying or selling a property.

Brussels Agenda - February 2015

This is the Brussels office's monthly electronic newsletter. It summarises EU developments of interest to solicitors and their clients. It covers developments in EU law that affect professional practice and the way solicitors run their firms.

Online LBTT sign up now live

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) will replace Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) in Scotland from 1 April 2015. All firms intending on submitting online LBTT returns will require to sign up to use Revenue Scotland’s Online LBTT Portal.

Law Society launches new equality standards and equal pay guidance

The Law Society of Scotland has published new equality standards for the legal profession along with a guide on carrying out an equal pay audit.

Law Matters - February 2015

Law Matters keeps MSPs and parliamentary staff abreast of the Society's work at the Scottish, UK and European parliaments, highlighting key issues about the justice system and legal profession.

Law Society pays tribute to Leslie Cumming

The Law Society of Scotland has paid tribute to former Chief Accountant and Deputy Chief Executive, Leslie Cumming, who passed away last week.

Society appoints Wesleyan as practice finance expert

Wesleyan, the specialist financial services provider for lawyers, has been appointed as the Law Society of Scotland’s first expert partner providing financial advice to sole practitioner solicitors and high street law firms.

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