Law Society of Scotland president, Cameron Ritchie, paid a visit to Peterhead last week to meet with Buchan solicitors. During his visit, the Society’s president highlighted the organisation’s plans for the future and its priorities for supporting its members, which are set out in its new strategy document ‘Towards 2020’, when he met solicitors working across the north east as part of his tour.
Mr Ritchie said: “Solicitors play a key role in communities across Scotland. They provide a range of essential services such as helping with buying and selling a property or making a will and can often provide a lifeline when someone is in the greatest need of help and advice.
“That’s why it’s important that their membership body, the Law Society, provides the support that its members need and that we create opportunities to discuss ideas and share information about the Society’s plans for the future and listen to what their key concerns are to better understand issues that solicitors face on a local, as well as national level.
“The past few years have been a time of rapid change for the legal profession, coupled with the ongoing economic downturn which has meant severe restrictions in public spending, including Legal Aid, and cutbacks in the private sector.
“We want our members to be as well informed as possible so that they can plan ahead and ensure their business continues to succeed. More importantly, we want our members to have an opportunity to contribute their views and I’ll be discussing why we want to modernise the existing Law Society constitution to allow new opportunity for virtual meetings and electronic voting on the issues that matter to solicitors regardless of where they practice around the country.”
Law Society Council member, Frances McKay, who was recently elected as the representative for solicitors in Stonehaven, Peterhead and Banff said: “This is a great opportunity for local solicitors to find out more about the Society, how it works and what it does for its members - and how they can become more involved if they wish to.
“Equally, I think it’s essential for the Society as a membership body to be aware of the different issues solicitors are currently facing, especially in a location like ours which serves a large rural community.
“We face particular challenges as to how we can continue to help our clients and provide the levels of service they want to receive.”