As part of its annual budget consultation, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission - Scotland’s independent body for complaints about lawyers - has called on members of the public, and legal professionals, to join the discussion about who should pay for the increasing cost of complaints about lawyers. It is also consulting on how that funding should be arranged, following the Law Society of Scotland’s authorisation as an ‘Approved Regulator’ of new business models allowing non-solicitor ownership.
A new Chair and a new member of the SLCC board have been announced by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabella Ewing. Both individuals join the majority of non-lawyer members on the SLCC’s Board.
The Court of Session recently ruled in favour of the SLCC in refusing an application by a firm of solicitors for leave to appeal one of the Commission’s decisions. The application was unusual in that it came from a firm seeking leave to appeal a decision that a number of issues of complaint were accepted as eligible services complaints and were not frivolous, vexatious or totally without merit.
The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), the independent body for complaints about solicitors, advocates and commercial attorneys has published its Annual Report for its 2016-17 year.
The SLCC has published two new guides on wills and executries.
The SLCC has welcomed consultations by the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) on changes to its practice rules.
The SLCC has published two new guides, aimed at helping reduce complaints from criminal law cases.
Scottish Legal Complaints Commission staff have raised £3,728 for the Beatson Cancer Charity. The Beatson Cancer Charity supports the treatment, care and wellbeing cancer patients and their families. As well as providing funding towards enhanced medical equipment, specialist staff and research, the charity provides complementary therapies for patients and their families.
The SLCC has welcomed the Court of Session ruling upholding the approach the Commission had taken to deal with complaints formerly categorised as ‘hybrid’.
We have only received the court’s decision this morning, and have not had time to consider it fully. We had always believed that the action we had taken, on the basis of our legal advice, was in the best interests of those complainers and practitioners currently within our process. Having said that, the SLCC’s Board will be meeting early next week to discuss the Judgment in detail and consider whether this will have an impact for current or future complaints. We will proved further comment after that meeting.
To celebrate International Family Day the SLCC has today published an updated version of its Family Law consumer guide. The guide, which was first published in 2015, is aimed at helping consumers be aware of the common problems which give rise to complaints and how to avoid these.
The SLCC has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs of a review of how best to reform and modernise the statutory framework for the regulation of legal services and complaints handling in Scotland.