Law Society of Scotland to respond to legal market changes
The Law Society of Scotland has launched an ambitious new strategy which will see it expand the range of services offered to its members and open its doors to other legal professionals as well as solicitors.
As part of its five-year strategy, ‘Leading Legal Excellence’, the Law Society will focus on delivering the highest possible standards within the legal profession. It also aims to offer membership beyond its current 11,000 solicitors to include other legal sector professionals, reflecting the wider changes being seen across the legal market.
The new strategy also highlights extending the Society’s global presence by striving to ensure that its members have internationally recognised qualifications which allow them to practise across traditional jurisdictional boundaries, whether elsewhere in the UK or overseas.
Christine McLintock, President of the Law Society of Scotland said: “This is an ambitious new strategy for the Law Society.
“Our mission is to be a world-class professional body, which serves a growing membership, assures the public and influences the world around us.
“We want our members to be able to thrive whatever their area of practice, wherever they are in the world. That is why we will develop new products and services, helping our members to meet the ever changing needs of their clients and employers. It is why we will continue to set high standards and take action when those standards are not met.”
The new strategy has been devised in the wake of rapid change within the legal sector which has seen increased consolidation and been affected by reduced public spending, recent court reforms and further devolution. The profile of the legal profession is also changing; becoming younger and increasingly female in its make-up.
Further details can be found on the Law Society of Scotland