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About Us

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors and was established in 1949. We have an overarching objective of leading legal excellence and strive to excel and to be a world-class professional body, understanding and serving the needs of our members and the public. As part of our regulatory duties, we set and uphold standards to ensure the provision of excellent legal services and ensure the public can have confidence in Scotland’s legal profession.

The Law Society also has a statutory duty to work in the public interest, a duty which we are strongly committed to achieving through our work to promote a strong, varied and effective legal profession working in the interests of the public and protecting and promoting the rule of law. We seek to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society through active engagement with the Scottish and United Kingdom governments, parliaments, wider stakeholders and our membership.


The Law Society of Scotland (LSS) is the professional body for nearly 13,000 Scottish Solicitors. It is a body set and up and governed by statute. It is governed by a Council of up to 48 individuals (both Solicitor and non-solicitor). It has a staff of around 150 and around 650 volunteers (Solicitors and non-solicitors) assist in carrying out its work.

More information can be found at:

Our Strategy, Organisation Chart and Committee Structure  – copies of these documents can be downloaded below.



Our Strategy


Organisation Chart


Committee Structure