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MEETING BETWEEN SPA AND SCOTTISH LEGAL COMPLAINTS COMMISSION
Christine Lambie had a meeting with Richard Smith who is acting Chief Executive of the newly formed Scottish Legal Complaints Commission appointed by the Scottish Executive which will have Six Commissioners appointed by the end of this year and which will be taking over from the Law Society of Scotland the role of dealing with complaints by clients against their Solicitors. You may have been aware of the considerable press coverage on this topic.
Christine and Richard had a very helpful discussion on the current Paralegal situation in Scotland at this time and the fact that Paralegals have a very front line role in dealing with clients across a wide range of legal services in Firms of all sizes from the “Top Ten” to the “High Street” Sole Practitioners. This has increased the understanding of the SLCC of the Paralegal role.
UPDATE-The SPA is continuing to keep SLCC updated on what is happening regarding regulation of Paralegals in Scotland and they continue to offer support.