'Murky business and the Law Society'Interesting article by Brian Wilson, 'Murky business and the Law Society' in the Scotsman in relation to the Michelle Thomson case.
|Apart from the political considerations, one is struck by the incredible insouciance with which potential white collar crime is pursued in Scotland. The issues eventually dealt with by the tribunal were uncovered in 2011. Yet everything remained within the Law Society’s internal proceedings until they got round to “formally” notifying the Crown Office four years later.
Are victims entitled to no consideration while the law enforcement agencies defer to the Law Society, a mere professional body? Why is it not incumbent on the Law Society to report suspected criminality to the police, just like anyone else, rather than relying on post-tribunal “quarterly meetings” which may or may not take place, years after the potential offences were identified?
The Lord Advocate told Holyrood that he saw no need for an inquiry into any of this. Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
But he also pointed out that the decision is not his to take. So whose is it?
If the Michelle Thomson case prompts an enquiry into our legal system and the alleged failures of the Crown Office, Law Society et al the many cases highlighted on this website only serve to underline that need.