2017 News

25/04/2017 - SLCC welcomes review of the regulation of legal services in Scotland

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.  Read more...

31/03/2017 - Rising Complaint Numbers Prompt Increase In Lawyers’ Annual Levy

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission has approved a 12.5% increase in the annual levy Scottish solicitors pay to fund the system which deals with complaints against them. The rise, approved last week by the SLCC’s Board, follows a significant growth in the numbers of complaints about lawyers and costs coming from recent court rulings and the ongoing uncertainty they have caused.  Read more...

10/03/2017 - Comment on Law Society of Scotland response to SLCC budget consultation

"We are obviously disappointed at the stance taken by the Law Society of Scotland. The underlying reason for the proposed levy increase is a 12% rise in complaints against lawyers over the past year, many of which are complex cases that take significant resources to resolve. After five years of SLCC discounting fees by using reserves we now have no choice but to increase it in order to continue serving the public properly."  Read more...

03/02/2017 - SLCC welcomes independent review of legal aid system

The SLCC welcomes the independent review of legal aid announced by the Scottish Government.  Read more...

01/02/2017 - SLCC Comments on Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards Bill

The SLCC has welcomed the Scottish Government’s Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill, and made a number of comments to promote further discussion.  Read more...

20/01/2017 - Consumers and legal professionals offered chance to have say on resolving disputes

Scotland’s independent body for complaints about lawyers has called on members of the public and legal professionals to work with it on shaping how legal disputes are handled. The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) today launched a consultation on its Operating Plan and budget for 2017/18 – this follows the launch last year of its strategy which sets out the priorities of the Commission up to June 2020.  Read more...

17/01/2017 - New SLCC board member appointments announced

Four new SLCC board member appointments have been announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson. The appointments, of two lawyer members and two non-lawyer members, are for five years and follow on from three previous appointments in 2016.  Read more...

09/01/2017 - Three appeal case successes for SLCC

In December 2016, the SLCC was successful in defending three ‘leave to appeal’ cases in the Inner House of the Court Session. The cases related to three complaints made to the SLCC, raised by two different complainers.  Read more...