Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
Agency overview
Type Non-ministerial government department
Jurisdiction Scotland
Headquarters The Stamp Office, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Annual budget £1.8 million

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission or SLCC is the Non-departmental public body which acts as a gateway for all unresolved complaints against legal practitioners operating in Scotland. It was established under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 and came into operation on 1 October 2008, replacing the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman.

The SLCC is currently chaired by Bill Brackenridge. He took over in February 2013, from Jane Irvine who had been the first chair of SLCC and who left office at the end of 2012.[1] Jane Irvine had been the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman since April 2006.[2]

The SLCC is responsible for managing its own finances and setting its own annual budget and it is not funded by the public.[3] It has an annual income of around £1.8 million, raised through a levy which is collected from the Law Society of Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates and the Association of Commercial Attorneys.[4]


  1. "Complaints Commission welcomes new chair". The Journal. Law Society of Scotland. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. "Scottish Legal Complaints Commission" (Press release). Scottish Government. 10 Jan 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. "About us". Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. "Scottish Legal Complaints Commission: 2010-11 Audit. Annual Report to the Commission and the Auditor General for Scotland" (PDF). Audit Scotland. 27 October 2011.
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