Scottish Law Soc wants disciplinary rethink

The Scottish Parliament is debating whether to let the council of the Scottish Law Society drop its responsibility for disciplining solicitors

Presently, all complaints against solicitors are handled by the 51 council members, but a new bill should allow the society to delegate to solicitors and non-solicitors on special client relations committees. The society wants to retain regulatory responsibility for solicitors' training, professional development and insurance, but the current process is too time-consuming.

Joe Platt, the society's vice-president, said: “Clients and their solicitors have every right to expect complaints to be dealt with quickly, fairly and professionally. The system must be straightforward for everyone concerned.”