Law Society of Scotland



Licensing expert warns of 'flood' of short-term let licences

An expert commentator on civic licensing has warned of a “flood” of licence applications for short-term lets in Scotland that could reach tens of thousands.

Published 13 January 2020

New project aims to improve access to legal services for survivors of domestic abuse

Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) is embarking on a new project to address a lack of access to justice for women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland.

Published 2 December 2019

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity, say lawyers

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 5 June 2018

Legal aid spending on housing cases has wider benefits for Scotland’s health, wealth and happiness

Legal aid spending in housing cases, such as evictions due to rent or mortgage arrears, can generate a return which benefits both the recipient and wider society, new research found.

Published 29 November 2017

Parliamentary committee takes evidence on Scottish building regulations

MSPs have taken evidence from construction professionals on whether the current building regulations in Scotland are operating effectively.

Published 15 June 2017

Law Society of Scotland makes £780,000 payout to duped homebuyers

The Law Society of Scotland has made a £780,000 payout from its client protection fund to two homebuyers, 13 years after they were victims of a solicitor’s fraud which meant they did not own the Aberdeen flats they lived in, The Herald reports.

Published 19 April 2016

Law Society of Scotland calls for close monitoring of second home tax

The Law Society of Scotland has said the effects of an additional tax on second homes should be monitored closely to ensure that people who are simply trying to move house are not caught out by the proposed new charge.

Published 8 March 2016

Lawyers warn over proposed new letting regulations

The Law Society of Scotland believes that proposed regulations for letting agents in Scotland could lead to an unnecessary cost to the public by creating an unnecessary dual regulatory regime for Scotland’s solicitors.

Published 17 November 2015

Law Society calls for estate agency regulation to be devolved

People buying or selling property in Scotland would be better protected if the regulation of estate agency was devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

Published 7 July 2015