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£20m support package for Scottish solicitors

A package of supporting measures has been announced

Solicitors will see a 10% uplift in legal aid fees and gain access to a £9 million fund to help those experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Following meetings with the Law Society of Scotland, the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf confirmed a package of further support made up of a 10% uplift in fees over the next two financial years.

A resilience fund of up to £9 million of grants is available to support legal aid solicitors and Law Centres which have lost legal aid income due to Covid.

The government also announced a reform of fees for criminal summary and solemn business including an enhanced fee for appropriate guilty pleas in solemn cases.

Alongside the existing offer of up to £1 million to fund up to 40 trainees in legal aid firms, it means the total package of Scottish Government support for the legal aid sector will be up to £20 million.


Mr Yousaf said: “Scotland’s legal profession has worked hard since the COVID-19 outbreak to help maintain access to justice services so I’m pleased to be able to confirm this significant additional support for the sector.

“The Scottish Government has worked closely with the profession from the outset of the pandemic and we have had constructive meetings with the Law Society to discuss the support available to them, helping us to identify ways we can offer further support.

“This significant package of support will offer grants to legal aid providers to help address financial hardship faced by some in the sector as a result of the pandemic and will continue to provide additional support over the coming years as the justice system responds to the impact of COVID-19.

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