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PE01661: Reform of regulation of the legal profession in Scotland


Petitioner: Melanie Collins


Closing Date for Online Petition: 27 June 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reform and amend the regulation of complaints about the legal profession in Scotland, which is currently delegated to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, by creating a new independent regulator of legal services with powers equivalent to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Legal Ombudsman, Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal which serve consumers and clients of legal service providers in England and Wales.

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Do you consider the current system of self-regulation of the legal profession where the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission action as the single gateway for all complaints about legal services does not serve the interests of consumers or the legal profession?

Do you agree that the Legal Profession & Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 has not achieved any measurable reform to any of these issues, and is now widely seen by consumers as worsening consumer protection rather than enhancing it?

Do you believe we are all entitled to a measurably high standard of legal services, which everyone must at some point rely on in their lives, whether this be for civil or criminal law?

I urge anyone who feels Scotland’s legal services market and regulation of the legal profession could be enhanced by reform to the current system of self-regulation, to sign and support this petition.

I think that parliament should do something about this as the system does not seem to work very well surely the slcc should stand up and admit their failings .

Elizabeth Sinclair

17:28 on 17 May 2017

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