Roberton Review – formulation questions: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

1. What working groups have been set up to consider the Roberton Review on the regulation of legal services?

2. What organisations are taking part?

3. When were the working groups, if any, set up?

4. What was the selection criteria used to select the organisations taking part?


1. The Scottish Government in its response to the Roberton Review acknowledged the differing views with regard to the primary recommendation of the review, and committed to working in partnership with stakeholders to deliver proposals for a reformed legal services regulatory framework in Scotland. Therefore a group was established to conduct an initial scoping exercise, this will lead to a public consultation where all will have an opportunity to comment on the matters raised in the review.

2. The initial organisations involved are those who formed the review panel – Law Society of Scotland, Faculty of Advocates, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal. The early focus of the group is towards the existing governance structure, practice rules and procedures of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. Further stages of this engagement will seek to incorporate the views of others in the regulatory landscape. Views from the consumer perspective will also be sought with regard to this engagement.

3. The first meeting of the group was held on the 9 September 2019.

4. Views will be sought from those in the regulatory framework, and from the consumer perspective ahead of the public consultation.


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