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Scottish pupils to debate ‘harmful’ internet in national competition

Pupils from schools across Scotland are getting ready to debate the pros and cons of the internet in the opening rounds of the Law Society of Scotland’s annual debating tournament.

Scotland Bill passes a significant milestone, Law Society says

Responding to the Scotland Bill being passed by the House of Commons tonight, Christine McLintock, President of the Law Society of Scotland said: “The passing of this important constitutional bill in the House of Commons is a significant milestone in its parliamentary journey.

Criminal legal aid and the Sheriff Appeal Court

In the week that Scotland’s new Sheriff Appeal Court held its first sitting, Matthew Thomson, solicitor and legal aid policy officer at the Society looks at fee arrangements for legal aid work at the new court and elsewhere and the impact on solicitors, their clients and wider society.

Bogus calls seeking card payment claiming to be from a law firm

We’ve received a report that a client of Mitchells Roberts, a law firm in Glasgow, had been contacted by phone by a bogus caller claiming to be from the firm.

Law Society publishes recommendations to improve diversity in Scotland’s judiciary

Outreach work in schools, mentoring and reviewing the current skill set for sheriffs and judges could help create a more diverse judiciary in Scotland.

Law Society of Scotland launches annual plan

The Law Society of Scotland has published its 2015-2016 annual plan which sets out the targets for the first year of its new five-year strategy, ‘Leading Legal Excellence’.

November 2015 Bulletin

Read the latest news from the Scottish legal profession in our November Bulletin.

Law reform round up November 2015

English Votes for English Laws, Enquiry into EU Reform and the EU Referendum, Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, and more.

Professional Practice Updates - November 2015

Our Guidance on Letters of Obligation and Advance Notices states inter alia...

Trainee blog - Kathryn Alexander

After graduating from Durham University with a degree in German and Spanish, Kathryn returned to her native Edinburgh for the LLB and Diploma. She is now a second-year trainee at Brodies and is currently working in the Insurance & Risk litigation team, having spent her first seat in Commercial Property.

NQ blog - November 2015: Full circle

John Brannigan studied at the University of Glasgow and completed his traineeship at Gallen & Co Solicitors.

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