Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

Closed 15 Aug 2023

Opened 15 Jun 2023

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About the Bill

This Bill updates the regulation of legal services in Scotland and provides for a modernised regulatory framework.

Part 1 deals with the overarching regulatory framework. It has three Chapters which:

  • set out what regulated legal services are to achieve and the standards that those providing services should follow,
  • make rules for all regulators of legal services. It divides regulators into two categories and places different rules on each,
  • set out how an organisation can become a regulator and its members can gain permission to provide legal services.

Part 2 sets out rules about how businesses that provide legal services should be regulated. 

Part 3 is about complaints about legal services and how they are dealt with.

Part 4 makes a variety of other changes, including:

  • changing ownership limits for a type of legal business,
  • making it simpler for charities and third sector organisations to provide legal services,
  • creating new offences in connection with people who pretend to be able to provide legal services.

Current Status of the Bill 

This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs on 20 April 2023.

Read and find out more about the Bill: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 

The Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee has been designated as the lead Committee for the Bill. A separate call for views on the Bill’s policy provisions will be issued by the lead Committee and has been published on this consultation platform.

Financial Memorandum 

As with all Bills, the Finance and Public Administration Committee invites written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM). 

Read the FM published alongside this Bill.

Making a Submission

Before making a submission, please read our Privacy Notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process personal data. 

Please note that in most cases your submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament's website and may be quoted in the Committee's report or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast). 

Please use the Questionnaire provided for your submission:

1. Did you take part in any consultation exercise preceding the Bill and, if so, did you comment on the financial assumptions made?  

2. If applicable, do you believe your comments on the financial assumptions have been accurately reflected in the FM?  

3. Did you have sufficient time to contribute to the consultation exercise?

4. If the Bill has any financial implications for you or your organisation, do you believe that they have been accurately reflected in the FM? If not, please provide details. 

5. Do you consider that the estimated costs and savings set out in the FM are reasonable and accurate?  

6. If applicable, are you content that your organisation can meet any financial costs that it might incur as a result of the Bill? If not, how do you think these costs should be met?  

7. Does the FM accurately reflect the margins of uncertainty associated with the Bill’s estimated costs and with the timescales over which they would be expected to arise? 

The deadline to submit your views is: Tuesday 15 August 2023.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee Clerk. 


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