SNP government make changes to lawyer regulation under a SECRET cloud

We have just recently learnt about MAJOR changes the SNP controlled by lawyer Sturgeon have been making with little or NO input from the victims of Scotland's biggest crime ring that operates out of the Law Society of Scotland. As major contributors to the "Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007" alongside many other victims who lost £millions thanks to the way lawyers had been getting away with MURDER across Scotland and with some of their victims committing suicide before their grievances were ever answered, we were promised by the incoming SNP government, at the time under Salmond, that major changes and compensation would come from our evidence.

Very little if any compensation was dished out and persecution campaigns were made against all those prepared to put their heads above the parapet with many losing everything including being kicked on to the streets homeless and destitute. Some of our members having to start from ZERO to rebuild their lives already severely damaged by the medical issues that arose from the long term stress associated with dealing with legal bastards expert at using the courts and conspiring judges (Hand picked by the law society and rubber stamped by the Queen) to impose financial and psychological torture to the many victims now broken by a conspiracy of lawyers, judges and politicians determined to silence all those who dared to expose the multi-trillion dollar racket that passes as some sort of legal system.

We had already warned these bastards anything that was being proposed which included the "The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission" would NOT have any effect on crooked lawyers and since have been proven correct that now many years after this 2007 act was passed they maliciously and secretly come up with another review with the vast majority of evidence coming from the legal mafia and NOT the victims, who still to this day have had NO compensation for the enormity of the damage these evil bastards instigated on their lives.

We are shocked at how secretive this has been instigated and how recommendations to remove the "The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission" to some other entity that will make it simpler, but we suspect easier, for these legal crooks to get off the hook despite the bullshit being spun to 'protect consumers'.

Here are some of the extracts we found that are of interest and the full "Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services" can be found HERE.

Complaints and redress

There was a consistently expressed and strongly held view that the current complaints system was not fit for purpose. I concluded that the new legislation should require the new regulator to take on responsibility for complaints handling. I realise this has significant implications for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission as the organisation as currently constituted would be wound up and the responsibilities transferred to the new body.

Call for Evidence

Broad and formal gathering of views was initiated through the Call for Evidence launched on 29January 2018.

Responses to the two month consultation, were published on 12June 2018 and are available on the Independent Review’s webpage. The report that follows draws on that stakeholder engagement and available evidence and sets out my vision and independent recommendations to Ministers on how to reform and modernise the framework for the regulation of the legal services and complaints handling in Scotland

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission was established under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 and came into operation on 1October 2008. The Commission provides a single point of contact for all complaints against legal practitioners operating in Scotland. It investigates and resolves complaints about inadequate professional service; refers conduct complaints to the relevant professional organisation and has oversight of complaint handling across the profession.

The Commission is a neutral body and operates independently of the Scottish Government and It is funded through a levy on the legal profession

Regulatory system for legal services in ScotlandThere are five main regulatory bodies, the Law Society of Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates and the Association of Commercial Attorneys, who are also membership bodies. The others are the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal.

In terms of the practising certificate, the Law Society of Scotland states in the Case for Change “The practising certificate demonstrates that the solicitor is of good standing, has the necessary indemnity insurance and is fully qualified and competent to practice.”

I found a lack of clarity even amongst some senior solicitors on whether they were required to have a practising certificate only if they worked in those areas reserved to solicitors or if a certificate was required to work in unreserved areas.

“At the moment there is a hugely complex path and set of tests applied to complaints about legal services in Scotland. Even a simplified diagram highlights the problems.”

Change in legal services regulation in Scotland in recent years

There have been various recent reviews of legal services in Scotland including the Report by the Research Working Group on the Legal Services Market in Scotland, May 2006 and the Scottish Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee’s Report in 2002 on Regulation of the Legal Profession Inquiry which prompted the last round of significant reform of the regulation of legal services in Scotland and culminated in the creation of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in 2007.

The consumers’ organisation Which? also lodged a super complaint to the Office of Fair Trading in 2007 stating that the regulation of Scottish legal firms restricted choice to consumers and prevented the formation of alternative business structures. (WE played a major part in that complaint)

Reforms were also pushed forward to increase competition including the creation of the Association of Commercial Attorneys. The Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 aspired to take this further making provision for Alternative Business Structures, there provisions have yet to be implemented. The 2010 Act also provided for a regulatory committee within the Law Society of Scotland with a lay majority in order to clearly demarcate its regulatory and representative activities.

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

The starting point for the 2016 Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s policy paper “#ReimagineRegulation” was its view that “the current arrangements for legal complaints, and how complaints outcomes are used to improve standards in the legal sector, are too complex, involve too many stages, and pass through too many organisations”.

It believes that ”faster, more efficient and better targeted regulation can be delivered to the benefit of consumers and the sector, by significant legislative reform

This section of the paper relates to situations where compensation is awarded but is not received by the complainant, for reasons that the paper sets out clearly. It also considers how complaints against unfair fees are currently dealt with.

The paper sets out two issues for debate here:•the principle that compensation awarded by a statutory body should always be paid to the consumer, and the best methods of delivering this•how best issues of unfair fees can be addressed – improving access to “taxation” or awarding new powers to another body capable of addressing this key consumer issue.

The Board of the regulator should have a non-legal Chair and a non-legal majority to provide consumer and public confidence.

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