Members of the legal profession in Scotland fund the SLCC by paying an annual levy, 'the general levy'. This is collected by the relevant professional organisation and paid to the SLCC.
Visit this page for more information on the SLCC's overall budget.
The levy rates for the SLCC's 1st July 2020 - 30th June 2021 financial year are below.
|Practitioner type||Annual levy per practitioner|
|Private Practice Solicitors +3 yrs PQE – Principals / Managers||£492|
|Private Practice Solicitors +3 yrs PQE - Employed||£400|
|Conveyancing Practitioner or Executry Practitioner 3+ years exp||£400|
|Solicitors in first 3 years of practice||£200|
|Practising outwith Scotland||£130|
|In-house Conveyancing Practitioner or Executry Practitioner||£120|
|Association of Commercial Attorneys||£127|
The complaints levy is charged when a complaint is upheld.
The complaint levy is charged following the complaints levy policy.
The complaint levy for 2020-21 is £5,000.
Assessing the Complaints Levy
When assessing the amount of the Complaints Levy to impose in circumstances where a complaint is upheld, the SLCC may take into account (a) the action taken by the practitioner at the time the complaint was originally made and any subsequent action taken, (b) any attempt to respond to / resolve the complaint, (c) offers of settlement, and (d) how the complaint has been managed during the course of the SLCC’s investigation.
Failing to comply with the Complaints Levy
Where practitioners have failed / delayed to pay the Complaints Levy within the timescales specified by the SLCC, the SLCC will report the failure / delay to the RPO as potential unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct, and may proceed to raise court proceedings for recovery of the sums due. No reminders will be issued to the practitioners where specified timescales have not been met. The RPO may decide to raise a conduct complaint against the individual who has failed to pay.