The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) is funded by a levy paid by legal practitioners operating in Scotland and today (28 January 2011) the SLCC announced its budget proposals for the next financial year which runs from 1 July 2011 until 30 June 2012.
Commenting on the proposed budget, SLCC CEO Rosemary Agnew said: "The SLCC is keen to propose a realistic budget that will enable us to carry out our statutory functions effectively.
"We recognise however, that we are operating in a challenging economic environment, so the expenditure has been kept to the same level as the current year.
"Importantly, although expenditure has remained the same, the SLCC aims to deliver a wider range of functions, particularly in relation to developing our oversight role."
The SLCC proposes a general levy below the amount needed to recover the full expenditure costs, reducing it since last year by £26. To enable this we propose to release £1,000,000 of reserves.
Proposed General Levy
Solicitors with 3+ years experience
Conveyancing Practitioner or Executry Practitioner 3+ years exp
Solicitors in 1st 3 years of practice
Practising Outwith Scotland
In-house Conveyancing Practitioner or Executry Practitioner
Assoc of Commercial Attorneys
Proposed Complaints Levy 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011
No changes made to amounts applicable in 2009/10 and 2010/11
2011/2012 up to
Complaint not upheld at any stage
Complaint resolved at mediation
Investigation recommends complaint upheld in full or part, proposed settlement accepted - First Settlement
Investigation recommends complant upheld in full or part, proposed settlement accepted - Second & Further Settlements
Formal Determination complaint upheld in full or part - First
Formal Determination complaint upheld in full or part - Second
Formal Determination complaint upheld in full or part - Third & Further Determinations