The SLCC has opened its annual consultation on its budget and operational plan for the next financial year.
On Wednesday night, the BBC screened the latest BBC Scotland Investigates: “Lawyers Behaving Badly”. The programme investigated the regulation of the legal profession in Scotland and the role of the different organisations involved. We welcome the programme for raising some important issues.
Research to be revealed alongside the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s Annual Report shows an improving picture for Scotland’s legal profession and for consumers of legal services.
The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission laid its fifth Annual Report before the Scottish Parliament on 17 December 2013.
The SLCC laid its Budget for 2013-2014 before the Scottish Parliament on 29 April 2013.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Dunion as a non lawyer member to the SLCC. The SLCC is the single gateway for complaints against legal practitioners operating in Scotland. It investigates and resolves complaints about inadequate professional service; refers conduct complaints to the relevant professional body and provides oversight of complaint handling across the profession. The SLCC also promotes and advises on good complaint handling and makes recommendations to promote good legal practice in Scotland.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Brackenridge as Chair of the SLCC. The appointment will be for five years. He replaces Jane Irvine, the first Chair of the SLCC, who served from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2012.
In November 2012 the SLCC concluded a review of the Law Society of Scotland’s timescales in relation to conduct complaints. The review concluded that the SLCC Board could take 'reasonable assurance' in the Law Society's overall complaints handling system but recognised that the processes, procedures and controls under review could benefit from a number of improvements.
In June 2012, TNS BMRB produced two reports following research commissioned by the SLCC. Specifically, the research looked at complaint numbers and the methods adopted by practitioners (both solicitors and advocates) in how they handle complaints made against them.
The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (“SLCC”) laid its fourth Annual Report before the Scottish Parliament on 7 December 2012.
Practitioners should ensure that clients, or others, who may wish to express dissatisfaction with a practitioner or firm, are advised of the SLCC as the gateway for complaints at an appropriate time.