Scottish Legal Aid Board suspends senior

A SENIOR member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has been suspended.

The person, who has not been identified, was suspended on full pay pending the outcome of an investigation into the SLAB's accounts assessment procedures.

SLAB chairman Jean Couper says: “This issue is of utmost concern to the board and we have immediately instigated a rigorous investigation into the matter.

“A full report will be made to the board as soon as possible and we will certainly not hesitate to take the action needed to address whatever problems are identified.”

Couper says the law firm Maclay Murray & Spens and external auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers are providing independent advice.

The SLAB refused to reveal the name of the man involved or any further details of the allegations at this stage.