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Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

This Bill updates the regulation of legal services in Scotland and provides for a modernised regulatory framework.

The Bill is at Stage 2


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 22 February 2024

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Find out more about this committee

Submit your views

The Committee launched its call for views on the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill on 31 May 2023. 

The consultation closed on 9 August 2023.

Read published responses to the call for views

Timetable

Timetable for Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee consideration of the Bill at Stage 1

On 14 June 2023, Parliament agreed motion S6M-09502, that consideration of the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 15 December 2023.

On 4 October 2023, Parliament agreed motion S6M-10731, that consideration of the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be extended to 23 February 2024.

3 October 2023 evidence session

  • Vicky Crichton, Secretariat, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Consumer Panel
  • Sharon Horwitz, Legal Director, Competition and Markets Authority
  • Tracey Reilly, Head of Consumer Markets, Consumer Scotland
  • Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Women's Aid

7 November 2023 evidence session

  • Brian Inkster, CEO, Inksters Solicitors
  • Chris Kenny, CEO, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (former Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board of England and Wales)
  • Professor Stephen Mayson, University College London
  • Naeema Yaqoob Sajid, Solicitor and Director, Diversity+

14 November 2023 evidence session

  • Rosemary Agnew, Ombudsman, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
  • Colin Bell, Chair, Scottish Solicitor's Discipline Tribunal
  • Neil Stevenson, Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

21 November 2023 evidence session

  • Bill Alexander, Association of Construction Attorneys
  • Roddy Dunlop KC, Dean, Faculty of Advocates
  • Morag Ross KC, Faculty of Advocates
  • Rachel Wood, Executive Director of Regulation, Law Society of Scotland
  • David Gordon, Lay Convener, Regulatory Committee, Law Society of Scotland
  • Darren Murdoch, President, Scottish Law Agents' Society
  • Andrew Stevenson, Secretary, Scottish Law Agents' Society

28 November 2023 evidence session

Panel 1

  • The Right Honourable Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk, Senator of the College of Justice
  • The Honourable Lord Ericht, Senator of the College of Justice

Panel 2

  • Esther Roberton, author of Fit for the Future, report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland

5 December 2023 evidence session

  • Siobhian Brown MSP, Minister for Victims and Community Safety

23 January 2024

  • First consideration of draft report

6 February 2024

  • Second consideration of draft report

8 February 2024

  • Publication of Stage 1 report

22 February 2024

  • Stage 1 Chamber Debate

23 February 2024

  • Stage 1 deadline

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

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Meeting on 3 October 2023
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Meeting on 7 November 2023
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Meeting on 14 November 2023
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Meeting on 21 November 2023
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Meeting on 28 November 2023
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Meeting on 5 December 2023
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Correspondence

Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

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Consumer Scotland Stage 2 briefing, 18 April 2024

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Letter from the Minister for Victims and Community Safety to the Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 18 April 2024

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Letter from the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) Consumer Panel to the Convener of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 15 April 2024

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Committee report

The lead committee published its Stage 1 Report on 8 February 2024.

Stage 1 Report on the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

The Committee received the following response to its report from the Minister for Victims and Community Safety—

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Meeting on 22 February 2024

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Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

Meeting on 22 February 2024

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Motion ref. S6M-11800

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

  • Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 January 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-11800
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 22 February 2024

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

  • Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 20 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12248
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 22 February 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote Vote Passed

MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue