Lawyers

Law Society of Scotland (professional body for Scottish solicitors)

www.lawscot.org.uk

Very full site includes news, guidance, details of all Scottish enrolled solicitors (in a useful “Find a Solicitor” search function) and publications. The Journal of the Society, with regular updates, is at www.journalonline.co.uk.

Faculty of Advocates (professional body for the Scottish Bar)

www.advocates.org.uk

This site provides official information about the Faculty and the Scottish Bar, its organisation and links to details of all 450 advocates and their clerks.

Much more information about stables and chambers of Scottish advocates, and their members, can be found on their websites which are: www.ampersandstable.com; www.arnotmanderson.co.uk; www.westwateradvocates.com; www.terrafirmachambers.com; www.compasschambers.com; www.axiomadvocates.com; www.hastiestable.com; www.blackchambers.co.uk; www.mackinnonadvocates.co.uk. The English equivalent to the Faculty is the Bar Council: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Society of Solicitor-Advocates

www.solicitoradvocates.org

This site contains information including a guide to becoming a solicitor-advocate, a search function for solicitor-advocates, consultation responses from the society and some news items.

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

www.scottishlegalcomplaints.org.uk

This is the successor to the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman (whose old website is still available at www.slso.org.uk). The site is smart and well laid out with detailed information and resources for complainants and practitioners. Pick of the resources would have to be the video on mediation and the good practice notes on complaint handling. An e-newsletter for Client Relations Managers is also now available to subscribe to.

Writers to the Signet

www.thewssociety.co.uk

Edinburgh based solicitors’ organisation. Introduces the society and provides details of the CPD course and online booking facility. Increasingly contains feature articles and events of wider interest beyond the profession.

Scottish Law Agents Society

www.scottishlawagents.org

The Society is concerned with all legal and practical matters affecting its members and represents and promotes their interests and standards. The site appears to be regularly updated and has a collection of articles and news about the SLAS and current topics of interest. Details of the Legal Defence Union can also be found here: a href="http://www.scottishlawagents.org/legal-defence-union">http://www.scottishlawagents.org/legal-defence-union.

Absolvitor: Scots Law Online

absolvitor.com/law-firms/a-to-z-of-law-firms-in-scotland/

Slightly out-of-date listing of Scottish solicitors websites in alphabetical order.

Lawyers’ organisations furth of Scotland

www.infolaw.co.uk/lawfinder/

Contains, among other goodies, superb lists of lawyers organisations in UK and beyond; well-organised, difficult-to-beat.