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Changes taking place in the legal industry – what's your optimum model?

As with all sectors, profitability is under sustained pressure, with firms looking to introduce new models to reduce costs whilst increasing efficiency.

Alternative sourcing has been adopted primarily in the US and UK, led by major in-house legal departments of large corporations. In this rapidly developing market the UK has emerged as a key location for legal support/services operations.

With its mature global business services sector, jurisdiction and experience in delivering innovative customer service solutions to global businesses, Scotland is well positioned to host LPO/alternative sourcing operations.

Lorna Jack
Lorna Jack, Chief Executive at the Law Society of Scotland

Catherine Corr on support for legal services businesses in Scotland

Catherine Corr from Scottish Development International talks about the support available to businesses that are considering setting up in Scotland.

If you're wondering how to grasp the opportunities in your sector, or find out more about connecting with the opportunities available in Scotland, get in touch with us and find out how we can support your business.

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A premier location in a growing international cluster

With our competitive advantages, it's not surprising companies like NewGalexy and Ashurst are making the decision to call Scotland home.

They're supplementing Scotland's 1200 law firms that provide experience and excellence across a range of legal specialisms. Leading names include:

  • Brodies
  • Shepherd & Wedderburn
  • Burness Paull
  • MacRoberts 

By investing in Scotland your firm will benefit from our support, the skills and experience of Scotland's legal sector as well as a great quality of life. You can search the Law Society of Scotland's database to find contact details of law firms throughout Scotland.

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Global companies that chose Scotland

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Ashurst chooses Scotland for its legal and business support centre

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Video exploring NewGalexy's LPO investment in Glasgow

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6 reasons why Scotland has the right labour and skills for your business

Scotland's legal workforce is educated, experienced and reliable.

  1. There are over 12,600 qualified lawyers in Scotland, compared to 3,000 in Wales and 3,500 in Northern Ireland.
  2. There are 23,000 people employed in legal activities in Scotland.
  3. A further 212,000 people are employed in finance and business services.
  4. It's estimated there are around 10,000 paralegals in Scotland (Source: Scottish Paralegal Association).
  5. Seven of the UK's top law schools are in Scotland, producing almost 4,000 graduates each year.
  6. This robust labour pool is growing on annual basis by the output from the School of Law at the University of Dundee, which is one of the few Law Schools in the UK to offer both English and Scots law qualifying LLB programmes and the unique dual qualifying LLB, which is accredited by both the Law Society of Scotland and the SRA.

Scotland's talented workforce

Staff at The Scottish Arbitration Centre

General business environment

Scotland’s legal sector contributes more than
£1 billion to the Scottish economy every year.

In addition, Scotland is part of the UK and Europe, two of the largest markets for legal services. By investing in Scotland you'll open up easy routes to both.

In Scotland you'll find one of Europe's lowest tax rates, high quality property at lower costs than many competing regions and high quality staff at lower costs than many of our competitors - up to 40% lower than London and the South East of England, according to Financial Times' FDI Benchmark.

Across the UK, the vast majority of the law falls under a generic UK jurisdiction, notably in company, commercial, consumer, tax and employment law - meaning no regional differentiation.

Supporting your investment in Scotland

By investing in Scotland you'll be joining a renowned legal sector. And you'll find lots of ways that we can help.

From financial assistance, to supporting staff recruitment and helping you identify the perfect location, we're here to make sure your investment in Scotland's legal industry is a success.

Alongside support from SDI and our partners you can rely on established organisations like the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Paralegal Association.

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Legal services/LPO

Companies investing in Scotland benefit from our talented workforce and have easy access to other financial and business centres across Europe and the rest of the world.


International sector head for financial and business services - Sharon Hamilton

Great people, the right technology, fantastic locations and support from SDI every step of the way - there are so many reasons to invest in Scotland.

We have offices in 20 countries, staffed by teams who can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

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