Protection of ‘Lawyer’ and other Regulatory Reform Bits and Bobs

Plans to protect the use of the professional term ‘lawyer’ have been unveiled as part of proposals to reform the regulation of Scotland’s legal services sector. That was the opening line in the Scottish Government’s press release of 22 December 2022 on the publication of their response to the findings of the legal services regulation…

Legal Complaints Reform in Scotland

There is to be reform of the legal complaints system in Scotland. This was announced on 22 December 2022 as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the findings of the legal services regulation reform in Scotland consultation analysis report [PDF]. A previous blog post looked at the findings of the Consultation Analysis with regard to…

ABS in Scotland to get Equality with England & Wales

Alternative Business Structures (ABS) in Scotland are to get equality with those in England & Wales. This was announced on 22 December 2022 as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the findings of the legal services regulation reform in Scotland consultation analysis report [PDF]. It was also announced before the first ABS has even…

Legal Tech Sandboxes

Legal Tech Sandboxes appears to be the only real mention in relation to Legal Tech given by the Scottish Government in their response to the findings of the legal services regulation reform in Scotland consultation analysis report. This is the second blog post by me looking at aspects of that response. The first looked at the…

Legal Services Regulation Reform Elephant left in the Room

The Legal Services Regulation Reform Elephant was left in the room when the Scottish Government published, on 22 December 2022, their response to the findings of the legal services regulation reform in Scotland consultation analysis report [PDF]. Whilst the Scottish Government made much in their press release of the fact that the term “lawyer” is…

Susskind’s Metaverse

Legal futurist and fellow Scot, Richard Susskind, has entered the metaverse [N.B. paywall if not subscribed to The Times]. He did so at a virtual reality exhibit at the British Legal Technology Forum where he was apparently encouraged to virtually walk the plank. He was too scared to do so. 400 million Metaverse Users? Susskind…

Metaverses and the Internet

On LinkedIn I saw this post by Jason Anderson about metaverses and the internet:- Please stop talking about “metaverses”. There (will be) one single metaverse, not multiple metaverses. The individual spaces within the metaverse don’t yet have an agreed-on descriptor, but it’ll be something like universe, world, space, node, etc. To understand this, just think about…

Legal Services Regulation Reform Bill to be introduced in 2022 / 2023

The Scottish Government will introduce a Legal Services Regulation Reform Bill in the 2022 to 2023 parliamentary year. The Programme for Government 2022 to 2023 was announced by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 6 September 2022. This includes 18 new bills. The Summary of Bills contained in The Programme [PDF] states that the Legal Services…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 5: Complaints and Redress

This post, on complaints and redress, is the fifth in a series of five blog posts, each one looking at different aspects of the Consultation Analysis on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. That consultation comes on the back of the ‘Roberton Review‘, which was an independent Review commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 4: Business Structures

This post, on business structures, is the fourth in a series of five blog posts, each one looking at different aspects of the Consultation Analysis on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. That consultation comes on the back of the ‘Roberton Review‘, which was an independent Review commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017 and…