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The Society of Solicitor Advocates was formed in 1994, shortly after the first Scottish solicitor advocates were admitted in 1993.

Since then membership of the Society has grown steadily, and we currently have around 170 members.

Over the years, the Society has been vocal in standing up for the rights of solicitor advocates, as well as becoming involved in many of the issues affecting the Scottish legal profession generally. Recent highlights include:

  • responding to criticisms made of solicitor advocates in the Woodside case, culminating in the Thomson Review. The Society is currently lobbying for the recommendations made in the Thomson Review to be implemented in full
  • responding to the Civil Justice Review 
  • the creation of the criteria for and Committee to run the scheme for accrediting criminal solicitor advocates as senior for legal aid purposes 
  • successfully lobbying for an amended Rule 3, relating to the advice to be given to a client when the need for a higher court appearance is identified 
  • giving evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill
  • responding to talks on the EU's proposed e-Justice portal
  • responding to the Double Jeopardy consultation
  • responding to the Carloway Review
  • responding to the Taylor Review


Bill to protect people from domestic abuse
Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk
Home detention curfew changes
New powers of entry and search for police to apprehend a person unlawfully at large from a home detention curfew have come into force in Scotland.

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