Journal scores 90% approval in Society survey

Nine out of 10 readers regard their Journal as a good quality, trusted magazine, independent research for the Law Society of Scotland has revealed.

The top rating was among the findings of the annual members’ survey for 2018, carried out for the Society by Mark Diffley Consultancy & Research, along with Survation, carried out at the end of the year and published this week. Previous years’ surveys have typically put reader satisfaction at between 70 and 75%.

Edited by Peter Nicholson, a qualified solicitor, the Journal is produced for the Society by Connect Publications at its offices in Paisley and Edinburgh. In 2018 the monthly magazine was given a completely new design while continuing to tackle professional and legal developments affecting the more than 13,000 solicitors, trainee solicitors and accredited paralegals to whom it is sent every month.

In generally positive findings for the Society, the survey also found that 90% of respondents agreed that the Society keeps them informed with accurate and reliable information. In addition, 91% say it is an effective regulator of the solicitors’ profession, 93% that it should continue to be responsible for regulation as well as representation and support of solicitors in Scotland – despite the proposal in the 2018 Roberton review that a new regulator be responsible for overseeing all legal services across the country – while 95% said they were proud to be part of the Scottish legal profession.

Peter Nicholson said he was “delighted” with the survey’s findings, adding: “Both the Society and Connect set the highest standards for themselves as they attempt to deliver the best value to Scottish solicitors and other legal professionals, and it is very pleasing to be given this level of appreciation in return. It is always a great challenge to keep the Journal relevant to such a diverse profession, but we believe we have basically found the right formula.”