Date lodged: 4 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to report by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) that complaints against lawyers have increased by 23% in the last six months; what assessment it has made of this increase, and what discussions it has had or plans with the SLCC regarding it.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 20 April 2017
The Scottish Government has no role in the regulation of the legal profession. This is a matter for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission who investigate in the case of a complaint about standard of service and the Law Society of Scotland in relation to disciplinary matters. The Commission has committed to engaging with the Law Society in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this rise.