The Law Society Of Scotland Will Press Ahead With Plans To Admit Non-Solicitors As Members
The Law Society of Scotland will press ahead with plans to admit non-solicitors as members during the first year of a five-year strategic plan, it announced today.
Agreeing new categories of affiliate membership, which could include paralegals and legal executives, is one of numerous priorities for the 11,000-strong body outlined in its annual plan for 2015/16.
The issue of admitting non-solicitors has previously been considered in England and Wales. In 2008, a Law Society Council proposal that non-solicitors be granted ‘affiliate’ status at Chancery Lane was rejected by the profession in a postal vote.
Other priorities for the Scots include progressing liberalisation of the legal sector north of the border by becoming a regulator of licensed legal services providers and commencing the first licensing of these new entities. Continue reading