The current progress of the Legal Services Bill through Parliament in Westminster is being watched closely not just by lawyers in England and Wales. North of the border there are plenty of Scottish lawyers with concerns about the potential effects of the wide-ranging legislation that is likely to be passed later this year.

Last Monday (16 July) the Financial Times reported the concerns of Douglas Mill, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland. Mill argued that the regulatory relaxations could lead to increased money laundering by criminals and an exodus of Scottish law firms.

This Scotland Special Report argues that legal services reform in Scotland must be hastened to match its southern neighbour’s if Scottish firms are to compete. The report continues on and looks at the effect of climate change policy on Scotland’s energy market and the impact the new nationalist government will have on the country’s property market.