Scottish legal profession provides "essential" services

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill stated in recent days that it was important that lawyers are paid "appropriately and fairly" as they provide an "essential service".

Mr MacAskill’s comments came after news that the amount of money lawyers receive in legal aid is to increase from next year.

He announced that lawyers in the most serious of legal cases will see an increase in their fees by seven per cent from April 2008.

Mr MacAskill added that work carried out by legal professionals in advising, representing and assisting clients who cannot afford to pay for the services is a vital part in obtaining justice for all.

"This government is committed to ensuring that solicitors are paid appropriately and fairly for the work they do," he said.

Legal aid allows people who would not be able to afford to get help with their legal problems to get assistance.