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Law Society comment on today's UK Government paper on independence

11 February 2013 | tagged News release

In response to the publication of the UK Government's paper Scotland analysis: Devolution and the implications of Scottish independence today, February 11, Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland said: "This paper is a substantive survey of the major legal issues surrounding Scottish independence, and will make a valuable contribution to the debate on Scotland's constitutional future.

"The opinion of Professor James Crawford and Professor Alan Boyle will hold considerable weight, but there are also different views, and we would encourage those views to be expressed in a way which will allow people in Scotland to weigh up both sides of the argument.

"The Society's Constitutional Law Committee looks forward to digesting the full detail of the paper in due course, and will raise any questions or issues it has with the UK Government ."

Notes to editors

Michael Clancy sits on the Advocate General's Forum of Independent Legal Experts, set up by the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, in August 2012. More information can be found on the Advocate General for Scotland website.

The full UK Government paper can be found on the website

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Louise Docherty on 0131 476 8204 or

11 February 2013

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