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Register for Civil Legal Assistance

How to register

To allow a firm to apply to appear on the Civil Legal Assistance Register:

New firms, or firms wishing to commence providing civil legal assistance, are required both to register with SLAB and obtain a compliance certificate from the Law Society of Scotland.

In order to register with SLAB, the firm must provide details of how it intends to adhere to the Law Society's Ten Administrative Requirements for Civil Registration. Details are provided on how your response should be set out. Please amend this example to reflect the procedures which will be carried out within your firm.

Once this information has been received and deemed satisfactory by our Legal Compliance Manager, he will thereafter contact the Law Society's Quality Assurance Administrator, who will in turn contact your firm with regard to your application for a compliance certificate. The issue of a compliance certificate is a decision taken by the Society’s Quality Assurance Committee which determines, based on the information you provide, together with information from previous peer reviews of the practitioners in the firm (if available), whether your firm can and will comply with the Solicitors (Scotland) (Civil and Children’s Legal Assistance) Practice Rules 2003, and relative guidance, to provide civil and/or children’s legal assistance.

Until this process is complete, and you have received confirmation from the Quality Assurance Administrator that your application has been approved, no civil or children’s legal assistance work can be carried out within your firm. You must therefore apply well in advance of the date on which you wish to commence providing civil or children’s legal assistance to clients. Applications for compliance certificates are dealt with as quickly as possible, but in some cases the Quality Assurance Committee may request further information from you, and in a small number of cases may wish to interview representatives of the firm before reaching a decision.

Please send your registration details to:


Receipts and Payments
The Scottish Legal Aid Board
Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5HE



(DX 555250 Edinburgh 30) (LP2 Edinburgh 7)

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