Justice not served as legal aid ignored again in Scottish Budget

The Scottish Government’s 2024-25 Budget continues its distorted and shortsighted approach to criminal justice, according to the Law Society of...

AML Certificate 2022 results

Our anti-money laundering (AML) Risk Manager, Jenni Rodgers, provides an update on the key insights and analysis from the data that practices provided in the 2022 AML Certificate.

Admissions ceremony an early Christmas present for 66 new Scottish solicitors

Christmas has come early for 66 new Scottish solicitors, as they were formally welcomed to the profession at an admissions ceremony in Edinburgh. Law Society of Scotland President Sheila Webster presented each with a certificate of enrolment at the historic Signet Library, and they will now be entered into the roll of Scottish solicitors.

2023 annual members survey launches

The Law Society’s annual survey of its membership has been launched. It aims to provide a better understanding of members’ views on a wide range of topics, including where they believe the focus of the Society’s work should be.

Ceremony celebrates new solicitor advocates in 30th anniversary year

The Law Society of Scotland has granted extended rights of audience to seven solicitors, with the new solicitor advocates introduced to the Court in a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Fraud alert - Law Society

A fraudulent email has been sent to some solicitors purporting to be from the Law Society.

Rwanda Bill would undermine international law and judicial independence

The Law Society of Scotland has raised serious concerns about the likely legal ramifications of the UK Government’s Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill.

Updated UK AML guidance published

The Legal Sector Affinity Group has published an important update to its anti-money laundering (AML) guidance for the UK legal profession, including proposed changes to the identification and verification approach.

Tributes to former Labour and Conservative Ministers

Our President has paid tribute to former Labour Chancellor, Lord Alistair Darling and to former Conservative Minister, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, long serving Edinburgh MPs and former lawyers: ‘This week we have lost two elder statesmen of Scottish and UK politics. Both were deeply committed public servants and highly regarded across the political spectrum.’

Law Society colleagues raise £3,606.40 for Scottish Autism

Law Society of Scotland colleagues have shown their support for autistic people by raising £3,606.40 for the charity Scottish Autism.

Law Society announces next phase of climate crisis response

The Law Society of Scotland has announced further steps in response to the escalating climate crisis, seeking to act and lead change across the legal sector.

Cross Party MSP report shows why Bill on legal services regulation must change

A critical cross-party MSP report on the Scottish Government’s new legislation on regulating legal services has shown why the Bill needs to change.