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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08620: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the decision by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to increase the levy paid by solicitors by 12.5%, and what impact it considers this will have on (a) the solicitors and (b) clients.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 20 April 2017

The 12.5% rise equates to an annual rise of £40 per annum for solicitors in private practice, £15 per annum for in-house solicitors, and £24 per annum for advocates. The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission has acknowledged concerns around affordability and has advised solicitors on services they can access which would provide the option of monthly payments.