The Scottish Government is due to launch a public consultation on proposals for Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. Proposals will consider what changes may be required to the statutory framework for the regulation of legal services to protect consumer interests and promote a flourishing legal sector.
This consultation follows the Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland, and the Scottish Government response to the Review which undertook to consult to build consensus where possible on the way forward. In the long term the report provides an opportunity to develop a new statutory framework for a modern, forward-looking legal service regulatory system for Scotland.
How can independent advocacy organisations and advocacy partners get involved?
The Scottish Government is seeking participants to take part in virtual focus groups (via video and phone) to share their views and discuss proposals for Legal Services Regulation Reform. This will be a chance to have your say on the future on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. The consultation paper is due to be published in advance and is planned to open Autumn 2021, to run for 12 weeks. You are also invited to consider responding to that consultation.
The focus groups are planned to run for 1 hour on the 30 Nov and 2 & 6 Dec. The views shared will feed into our consultation analysis, which will be published following the end of the consultation.
If you would like to take part please email LegalServicesRegulationReform@gov.scot to register your interest and indicate which date you are available.