Mental health and human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff was inaugurated as the Law Society’s President at the beginning of July. She is the managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP, a virtual law firm that undertakes legal aid work on behalf of vulnerable children and adults as well as privately paid work for individuals and businesses.
She said that during her presidency she will concentrate on promoting the profession at home and abroad and on helping solicitors deal with the difficulties caused by the current economic and political situation. She will support all the initiatives and innovations the profession is coming up with to mitigate the effects that economic circumstances and political decisions have had and will have on access to justice and the rule of law.
Ms Scott-Moncrieff has pledged that “All the Law Society staff will continue to work with local law societies, representative bodies, regulators, government and anyone else who is willing to talk to us, so that we can help our members continue to serve society and promote justice.” She has got off to a good start by embarking on a comprehensive programme of visits to solicitors throughout the country, to help counter the belief that the Society is too London centric.
She has also launched a consultation process through Linked in with a “call for action to the profession for the profession and those it serves.” The network of solicitors is currently under threat from LASPO and ABS, with overheads going up, fewer clients, clients with less to spend and uncertainty about the future.
She asks if ways can be found to provide services that are relevant and affordable to new and existing clients, which will not only be helping them but also solicitors. “The starting point for lots of people will be an acceptance that change has to happen. Once that has been accepted, the next step is to decide what to change and how to change it, and that is where examples from others are useful, to trigger action”, she said. “As I have travelled round the country over the last couple of years I have learned of many innovations that individuals and firms have introduced to meet their changing circumstances; ways of cutting their overheads, attracting new clients, repackaging their services to make them more affordable, clever marketing, restructuring and so on”
“We need to hear about your good ideas, your insights, your ways of saving money and growing business. We want to display your ideas to the rest of the profession so that they can see what might work for them.”
The debate is up and running. It’s an initiative that deserves whole-hearted support, and you can join in at: