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Profile of registrant

Law Society of Scotland

Identification number in the register: 80169287043-57
Registration date: 27/10/11 16:40:28

The information on this organisation was last modified on 14/10/13 10:36:20
The date of the last annual update was 14/10/13 10:36:20


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Law Society of Scotland
Acronym: LSS
Legal status: body established by the Legal Aid and Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1949 as enacted and consolidated by the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.
Website address: http://lawscot.org.uk

Sections

Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Ms  Lorna Jack
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Mickael Laurans
Position: Head of Joint Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 26 Drumsheugh Gardens 
Edinburgh EH3 7YR
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone number: (+44) 1312267411
Fax number: (+44) 1312252934
Other contact information: The objectives of the Law Society of Scotland include the promotion of the interests of the solicitors’ profession in Scotland and the interests of the public in relation to that profession. All practising solicitors in Scotland must be members of the Society and must hold a current Practising Certificate which is issued by the Society.

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The objectives of the Law Society of Scotland include the promotion of the interests of the solicitors’ profession in Scotland and the interests of the public in relation to that profession. All practising solicitors in Scotland must be members of the Society and must hold a current Practising Certificate which is issued by the Society.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


The Law Society’s representational activities at the EU level focus primarily on issues that affect the regulation of the legal profession and the way in which lawyers practise. In particular, these include the Directives on lawyers, legislation on the provision of services, competition law as it applies to professional services, international trade in services, anti-money laundering legislation and policy that impacts on questions of deontology.

The Law Society’s activities also cover other areas of EU legal policy that are pertinent to solicitors’ areas of practice and to the advice they give to their clients. This includes a broad range of policy areas including civil law, company law and financial services, competition law, criminal law, consumer law, employment law, environment law, family law, intellectual property law, and tax law.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Trade

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




The Law Society is a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

The Law Society liaises with bodies including the International Bar Association (IBA), the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) and the International Union of Latin Notaries (UINL).

The Law Society’s Brussels office is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. All staff working in the Brussels office involved in making representations to the EU institutions are a member of the Society of European Affairs Professionals.

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2010 - 03/2011
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

This figure represents a proportion of the Law Society’s contribution to the operation of its Brussels office, which is operated jointly with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Northern Ireland. It is estimated according to the amount of staff time and other resources dedicated to the direct lobbying of the EU institutions. Other activities of the Brussels office, such the publication of information material to the solicitors’ profession and the organisation of events for practitioners have not been included. Other representational activities not directed to the EU institutions have not been included.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.