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Timetable for Primary/Regulatory Changes

Review of First Instance Criminal Fees for Counsel (including reduction in travel fees)

A number of meetings have already taken place between SLAB and the Faculty of Advocates to discuss the Review.
Scottish Government will issue a discussion paper to the Faculty based on these earlier conversations at the start of December.
The Faculty, SLAB and SG should meet to discuss in December.
SG intends to lay Regulations by February 2012.

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Statistics, secrets and lies

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Past President Kenneth Waddell .......................


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Following the significant level of opposition to the Police Station Duty Scheme there were further meetings of the Deans of Faculties and Bar Associations where certain ‘minimum’ acceptable changes were discussed.   This allowed the Law Society Negotiating Team to meet with The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and for improved conditions to be agreed.  5 of the 6 minimum points have been agreed. The 6th, while not agreed, is to be subject of review.The Team reported back at another Deans’ meeting where the vast majority of opinion was that the new (but still interim) scheme was now in an acceptable format such as would allow the Society to recommend to solicitors that they could now engage with the scheme. Accordingly, while the scheme is still an interim scheme and despite still having many significant concerns about the Regulatory background and the practical operation of the scheme, I can now indicate to G.B.A. members that if they are minded to join this scheme (and for many with family commitments, disabilities, etc. that will not even be an option) then it would be appropriate to do so now.   This will allow the interim plans to be considered and put in place while the necessary Regulations are drafted, laid and passed.

Ken Waddell

Following recent releases from various sources but, most importantly from SLAB, their releases of 6th July 2011, it is important that certain points are clarified.

Several points need to be addressed and considered by SLAB since they seem determined to continue, on a public funded website, to promote  inaccuracies.

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SLAB and Mr. Montgomery (CEO), again seek to promote a less than clear perspective.

I have no ‘confusion’ as to either the role played by SLAB and Mr. Montgomery or the objectives of the emergency legislation. The Regulations place a responsibility on SLAB to provide a scheme which will ‘guarantee’ availability of solicitor advice to suspects detained by the police.  What is also clear is that the current proposals are widely considered unacceptable.

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