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Law Society of Scotland's own rules have potential to discriminate against women, argues solicitor

20 th March 2017

Female solicitors who take maternity leave are being discriminated against by the Law Society of Scotland's own rules, argues solicitor Daniel Donaldson. He argues the Society breaches its own equality strategy, with at least three professional practice rules having the potential to discriminate. These are: automatic restrictions placed on practising certificates (PCs) of solicitors returning to work after a gap of one year; the rule requiring four years' unrestricted PCs before operation as a principal of a legal practice; and restricting a solicitor's ability to supervise a trainee without the requisite period holding a PC.

Shan Ross

Scotsman, 18 March 2017 (Online edition)


Subject: Legal Profession, Employment

Keywords: Equal treatment; Law Society of Scotland; Maternity leave; Practising certificates; Scotland; Sex discrimination