Judicial Factors

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Dear Law Society of Scotland,

Are the accounts of solicitors wound up by a judicial factor available to the public?

Can you advise of the numbers of factories over the last 5 years and the costs of each?

Yours faithfully,

Mr James

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Dear Mr James

 

Thank you for your e-mail of August 9 and I have now had an opportunity to
discuss your enquiry with colleagues.

 

The Law Society of Scotland is not subject to freedom of information (FOI)
legislation and accordingly not obliged to provide the information that
you request.

 

That said, we do try to be helpful where we can and accordingly I can
confirm that judicial factory accounts are not publicly available. There
is a mechanism for those who can demonstrate an interest to apply to the
Accountant of Court ( the Court department who supervises all Judicial
Factors) to inspect individual accounts.

 

The Society has specific powers in terms of section 41 of the Solicitors
(Scotland) Act 1980 to seek appointment of a judicial factor in the
interests of protecting the public and accordingly has a special interest
in this particular mechanism which is generally little used elsewhere.
Over the last five years the Society has petitioned for 9 appointments. As
mentioned above the provision of any detail in relation to individual
cases is a matter for the Accountant of Court.

 

Although there is no further information that we can provide, the
Accountant of Courts office may be able to give you information in
relation to the wider national picture.

Regards,

Ian Forsyth

Public Communications Executive

The Law Society of Scotland

Atria One, 144 Morrison St
Edinburgh, EH3 8EX

DD: 0131 476 8155

 

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From: Mr James <[2][FOI #596417 email]>
Sent: 09 August 2019 15:12
To: lawscot <[3][Law Society of Scotland request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Judicial Factors

 

Dear Law Society of Scotland,

Are the accounts of solicitors wound up by a judicial factor available to
the public?

Can you advise of the numbers of factories over the last 5 years and the
costs of each?

Yours faithfully,

Mr James

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