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A tale of the SLCC and its determination levy, by Johnston Clark

After 35 years last month in the profession, 20 of them spent in senior management positions, including client relations manager, in a large firm practising in the higher risk areas of executries, litigation, family and residential conveyancing, I thought it would take more than a determination from the SLCC, a levy, and what they spent the money on, to upset me. However, despite my natural reluctance to air laundry in public, I need to bring my story to the attention of the profession. I doubt it will appear as ‘Johnston’s story’ in the ‘case studies’ on the SLCC website.

Published 12 September 2019

SLCC poll finds majority of public oppose Law Society's regulatory function

The majority of the public do not think an organisation should both regulate lawyers and represent them, according to a poll commissioned by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).

Published 11 September 2019

Solicitors vote for below inflationary practising certificate fee rise

A below inflationary rise in the cost of practising as a Scottish solicitor, has been agreed by solicitors at a special general meeting.

Published 6 September 2019

Eminent solicitors receive lifetime honorary Law Society membership

Two solicitors will be awarded honorary membership of the Law Society of Scotland in its platinum year, at its special general meeting on 6 September 2019.

Published 5 September 2019

Scottish legal sector profits fall by quarter in 10 years

Profits in Scotland’s legal sector have fallen by over a quarter in the last 10 years, according to French Duncan.

Published 25 July 2019

International Conference of Legal Regulators coming to Scotland

Legal regulators from around the world will be coming to Edinburgh in September to debate a wide range of regulatory topics with global relevance.

Published 22 July 2019

Steven Thomson wins Innovation Cup with his Notice to Quit Calculator

A tool designed to help solicitors when preparing to terminate commercial leases at the end of their contractual term is the brainchild of an Edinburgh solicitor who has won this year’s Innovation Cup.

Published 16 July 2019

Law Society recognises in-house rising star John Frame and honours late Martyn Ross

Glasgow-based solicitor John Frame has won the Law Society of Scotland’s In-house Rising Star Award for 2019.

Published 17 June 2019

John Mulholland takes up term as president of the Law Society of Scotland

John Mulholland has become the new president of the Law Society of Scotland after taking over from Alison Atack at today's meeting of the Law Society of Scotland's decision-making Council, while Perth-based solicitor, Amanda Millar, became the new vice president.

Published 31 May 2019

Dame Elish Angiolini awarded honorary membership of Law Society of Scotland

Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC FRSE has been awarded honorary membership by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 31 May 2019

Law Society launches mental health survey

People working in Scotland’s legal sector have been urged to take part in a new survey on mental health in the workplace.

Published 14 May 2019

Loss of EU environmental governance post-Brexit an issue, warns Law Society of Scotland

There will be missing environmental governance mechanisms as a result of the UK leaving the EU, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 10 May 2019

Law Society calls for 'wider reform' following legal aid fee increase

The Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish government to pursue "a package of wider reform" following a three per cent increase in legal aid fees.

Published 29 April 2019

Law Society recommends £500 pay boost for trainee solicitors

Trainee solicitors should receive a £500 pay increase in 2019/20, the Law Society of Scotland has recommended.

Published 29 April 2019

Law Society criticises SLCC for failing to listen over budget plans

The Law Society of Scotland has criticised Scotland’s legal complaints handling body for failing to listen to concerns over its plans to impose a third consecutive above-inflation rise in its budget and levy and has highlighted the need for improved oversight of the organisation.

Published 24 April 2019