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Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 120 – Regulation of the Faculty

241.Section 120 sets out in statute the existing position regarding regulation of advocates, namely that the Court of Session is responsible for admitting and removing persons from the public office of advocates (including setting the criteria for admission and prescribing the procedure) and for regulating the professional practice, conduct and discipline of advocates. It can delegate any of this except the actual admitting and removal to the Lord President or the Faculty. In practice, the bulk of regulation is currently delegated to the Faculty and the Dean, including rules of professional conduct and disciplinary procedures.

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