Rogue lawyers face crackdown under shake-up of legal system
(Secretive government moves to change lawyer complaints once again)
Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland
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
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
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
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.