Law Society of Scotland – Legal Services Survey
Survey of 1,000 Scottish Adults on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland on the services provided by a solicitor, and the use of the term ‘Lawyer’.

• While seven in ten (69%) Scottish adults correctly identify that writing a legal document that transfers ownership of a house is a legal service which can currently only be provided by a solicitor, just over half (54%) think that only solicitors can provide advice in a police station to someone suspected of committing a crime.
• Of the different legal services tested, Scottish adults are most likely to say that writing a legal document that transfers ownership of a house (65%) and representing someone in court (64%) are services that should only be provided by a solicitor.
• After being told that in Scotland there are currently no restrictions or requirements on who can call themselves a ‘lawyer’, nine in ten (87%) Scottish adults agree that there should be restrictions on who can do this, with two thirds (66%) doing so strongly.

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Date Published
22/12/2017
Client
Law Society of Scotland
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 1,000 Scottish adults online between the 16th and 25th October 2017. Data were weighted to be representative of all Scottish adults aged 18+ by age, gender, and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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