Justice and Safety
Scottish Government response to review of legal services regulation
Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham has outlined the Scottish Government’s response to Esther Roberton’s review of legal services regulation in Scotland.
Ms Denham said:
“I’m grateful to Esther Roberton and her team for their work to consider what changes may be needed to the regulation of legal services in Scotland. We will also give full consideration to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) response to the review published last week.
“Following engagement with key stakeholders we have identified differing views within the sector on the recommendation that there should be a single independent regulator for all providers of legal services.
“To build consensus on the way forward we will launch a public consultation later in the year. We want to hear from stakeholders and the public on how the proposed reforms within Esther’s review can support professionals with a regulatory system that is proportionate and flexible.
“I strongly encourage all those involved in the legal profession to make their views known and look forward to a robust and constructive debate on the future of legal services regulation in Scotland.”
The Scottish Government’s full response to the independent review by Esther A Roberton is available below: