I welcome the opportunity to open the debate on the general principles of the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill. I thank the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and the Finance and Public Administration Committee for their careful and considered scrutiny of the bill, and I thank all those who submitted views and gave...
I apologise, Presiding Officer. There will, for the first time, be a power to review the regulator’s performance and ensure their compliance with their statutory duties and the regulatory objectives. Regulators will be required to submit annual reports on their performance, as category 1 regulators.
I will come to that further on in my speech, if I may. A regulator will also be required to create a register of all its members that is “free” and “accessible” to the public, thereby enabling consumers to access useful information about legal service providers. A total of 94 per cent of respondents to our consultation on the bill agreed that it was “important” that the regulatory...
Scottish National Party MSP for Ayr
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 8 May 2021 — Election
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