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Beautiful Girl or Old Hag?

By Michael Sheridan

 

What has a beautiful girl or an old hag got to do with the regulation of the solictors’ profession.

 

What has a beautiful girl or an old hag got to do with the regulation of the solicitors' profession. Probably about as much as most members of the that profession. See the September edition of the Scottish Law Gazette which will definitely not provide an answer to this conundrum.

 

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There is a conundrum within the fact that the pronunciation made by the Regulatory Committee has been made by a committee of the Law Society of Scotland but by a body within that Society from which solicitors are excluded from the chair and from the majority and therefore from control of the pronunciation. Suppose, for example, the Conservative party were to create a committee within the party but from which Conservative party members were excluded from both the chair and the majority and that committee were tasked to formulate the policy of the party. We might then find the Conservative party advocating the nationalisation of the railways not to mention the means of production and the distribution of the ownership of all commercial companies in equal shares to the employees. We might equally find the Labour Party espousing policies to abolish rights of workers, to privatise the supply of oxygen and to restrict voting to former pupils of Eton and Harrow and other qualifying institutions. There are no politics at SLAS and we offer no comment whatsoever as to the wisdom or otherwise of such policies but would simply suggest that they are not policies which are normally associated with these respective parties but are likely to cause some confusion to the party memberships not to mention the public whom these parties strive to serve. It appears that we now have a committee within the Law Society of Scotland tasked with the regulation of the solicitors' profession but from which solicitors are excluded from the chair and the majority and therefore from control. The conundrum is that the profession has put up with this, almost without comment, since about 2010.



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