Date lodged: 28 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-03082 by Ash Denham on 28 March 2019, what its response is to the reported concerns regarding the consequences for sole-practitioners should the proposed model for the levy be adopted, including the impact of the 28% rise for partners/managers in private practice.
Answered by: Ash Denham 10 April 2019
As set out in my answer to question S5O-03082, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission operates independently of the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government is, however, currently undertaking an analysis of the recommendations of the report of the independent review of legal services regulation in Scotland, and will issue a formal response in due course.
As part of this work, the funding relationship between the Scottish Legal Complaints Committee and the legal profession will be considered. The Scottish Government has listened carefully to the views already expressed, which will be reflected upon as we continue our analysis of the report.
We are working with the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to identify and consider improvements that may be made to the complaints system in the interim.