Law Society of Scotland launches reporting concerns line
Individuals with concerns that members of the legal community are involved with financial improprieties or money laundering, can now anonymously report their concerns to the professional body for Scottish solicitors.
The confidential reporting of concerns can be undertaken by phone or using an online form and went live on 1 February. It has been set up by the Law Society of Scotland as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that the legitimate services provided by legal firms are not misused for illegitimate purposes.
Craig Cathcart, Convener of the Society’s Regulatory Committee said:
“As the Anti-Money Laundering Supervisor for Scottish solicitors, the Law Society is committed to raising awareness of the prevalence of money laundering and the numerous ways in which it can be carried out.
“It is important that the public and the professionals are provided with the information, support and processes to protect the public and prevent the Scottish legal system being used to launder the proceeds of crime.
“Both the Society and my Regulatory Committee strongly encourage responsible and lawful reporting of information about serious concerns and risks at the earliest possible stage. A prompt report could be vital in protecting members of the public from reckless or dishonest behaviour.”
Anyone who knows, or suspects, that a Scottish solicitor or their employee, is involved in dishonest or inappropriate action, should report their concerns on 0330 0947935 or using the online form which can be fund at www.lawscot.org.uk/for-the-public/client-protection/reportingconcerns/.