Scottish Law Agents Society - News

  • Beautiful Girl or Old Hag?

    What has a beautiful girl or an old hag got to with the regulation of the solictors’ profession.  Probably about as much as most members of that profession. See the September edition of the Scottish Law Gazette which will definitely not provide an answer to this conundrum.

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  • Consumer Property Group of SLAS

    A Consumer Property Group has been formed by the Scottish Law Agents Society to look at particular issues where the interest of consumers and solicitors are aligned and action required to improve the situation of both in relation to Property in Scotland.

    Reason

    There is wide perceived discontent of the legal practitioners with the operation of parts of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012 and the way it can adversely affect consumers and users.

    Particular Areas of Concern

    1) Gaps are appearing in the Land Register where ownership is likely to never be known. There is no effective mechanism to sort out these gaps for the future. Why? There has been an effective abolition of the benefits obtained by use of a non domino Dispositions. The procedures under Section 43 of the 2012 Act are far too long and are capable of frustration at the last minute because of burdensome intimation procedures and possible late challenge of these. This is not an

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  • Minutes for the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Law Agents Society 2018

    Minutes for The Annual General Meeting of the Scottish  Law Agents Society 2018

     5:30pm on 21st June 2018  at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

     

    1.         Sederunt and apologies:-

     

                A Sederunt was taken of the members present and a quorum was confirmed..

     

    Apologies were received from Rod Maclean, Ken Swinton, Ian McLeod, James Hotchkiss,

     

    2.         Minutes of AGM 2017 had been published in the Gazette of June/July 2017 and were unanimously approved by acclamation with no contrary voices.

     

    3.         The Society’s Accounts as previously approved by the office bearers were presented to the meeting and duly noted and meeting confirmed the appointment of Messrs Geoghegans of Edinburgh as independent examiners. The President, Fiona Dalton went on to present the annual report to 31st December 2017 as

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  • More Bureaucratic Oppression

    AML Registration at Law.Soc.

    It was easy enough, after a few days of interrupting our usual hectic business schedule, to obtain Disclosure Scotland documents for each of the partners in this firm. However, getting together over the Law Society Registration process took another few days and then pinned us down for longer than we anticipated. Eventually, however, we got the job done and, hopefully, that is the name of our firm removed from the “Current Outstanding List” currently held by the Law Society.

    My recommendation to all members is to get the job done, just as quickly as possible. We should then re-group at a later date to find out whether anything can be done about the current storm of bureaucratic oppression which threatens to destroy our business viability.

    In order to take on this process you should click on this link

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  • Law Society AGM 2018. Any Comments?

    You might have noticed from the agenda for the Law Society AGM on Thursday 31st May 2018 at 5.30pm at the Law Society offices at 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EX, not far up from Haymarket Railway Station.

    I have attached the Agenda for the AGM below and you can decide for yourself whether this agenda is in touch with the issues which currently face the profession. SLAS has been invited to make a statement about the current issues of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) and the abolition of proxies from most issues. However, these two topics have the common denominator of the general level of connection or disconnection between the Law Society and the High Street practitioners. If any member would like to provide me with comments to include in my remarks then please email to [email protected] or add a comment to this article.

    If you add a comment, the comment will not appear immediately as, for security, decency

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