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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

  • More Bureaucratic Oppression

    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

  • 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

  • Professor Joe Thomson FRSE 1948 – 2018

    The Society was very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Thomson during the weekend and offers  condolences to Joe’s wife,  Annie.  Apart from Joe’s academic , teaching and writing achievements across the spectrum of the academic and practical operation and development of Scots Law Joe also found time to make a valuable contribution to our own Gazette. Many tributes will worthily be paid to Joe but if there is one underlying quality that very many people recognised and were grateful for it is the way in which Joe tackled the complexities which he addressed and explained them in ways which enabled lesser mortals to have a better understanding.



  • Independent Review of Regulation of Legal Services - March 2018


    Independent Review  of Regulation of Legal Services -  March 2018

    This month of March 2018 brings us  a late opportunity to make a submission to the Scottish government's current Independent Review of the Regulation of Legal Services in Scotland. A few weeks ago that Review issued a call for evidence to be submitted by 30th March 2018. We have therefore hastily convened a general meeting in Glasgow and have discussed matters as fully as we could in the time available and have now produced the undernoted response to the call for evidence.  You will recollect that developments took place in England about 14 years ago for the deregulation of legal practices permitting the sale of shares in these practices in the commercial market. The vigorous rejection of that notion in Scotland was led by the President and Council of the Law Society of Scotland (CLSS}. That was until 2008 when that policy was turned on its head so that CLSS came to support  an even more liberal


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