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Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 114 – Complaints about services

231.Section 114 makes provision for complaints by inserting a new Part 2B into the 2007 Act making special provision for confirmation agents and will writers.

232.New section 57H of the 2007 Act provides for Parts 1 and 2 of that Act to apply to complaints about confirmation agents. If they consider it necessary, the Scottish Ministers may modify the way these Parts operate in relation to complaints about confirmation agents and will writers. If there is either a services or a conduct complaint about a confirmation agent or will writer, the approving body is to be regarded as the relevant professional organisation.

233.New section 57I of the 2007 Act provides that a complaint about how an approving body has handled a conduct complaint is dealt with in the same way as a complaint about how a conduct complaint has been handled by a relevant professional organisation (see Parts 1 and 2 of the 2007 Act).

234.New section 57J of the 2007 Act makes provision for the payment of the annual general levy and, if arising, the complaints levy to the SLCC. It also applies provisions of the 2007 Act so that the SLCC is required to consult with approving bodies, confirmation agents and will writers each year in relation to its budget for the next financial year and so that approving bodies are required to provide the SLCC with an estimate of the number of confirmation agents or will writers it regulates and which should be liable to pay the levy in the relevant financial year.

235.New section 57K of the 2007 Act requires approving bodies to collect the annual general levy due to the SLCC from their confirmation agents or will writers. The provisions of the 2007 Act in relation to the failure to pay and late payments of levies are applied to the levies payable by confirmation agents and will writers (section 57K(2) to (5)).

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