Legal Services (Competitiveness)

Part of Justice and Law Officers – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 22nd March 2007.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour 2:15 pm, 22nd March 2007

Several issues must be considered in that respect. We want our legal services to take their rightful place among the range of services that are provided, and we agree that they should be up there among the best in the world. Recently, I met representatives of several top law firms in Scotland to consider how such issues might be progressed. However, those matters are obviously for a future Administration to consider.

Whatever we do, it is important to build on the research that has already been commissioned and to consult law firms and professional bodies. Of course, there are issues for the wider business community and Parliament, but it is important to remember that the reforms that we have progressed in this session were based on work that a previous justice committee had done in the previous session. That work was a priority, but I expect that there will be different priorities for a future Administration. I look forward to being around to debate them.