Legal Services Agency



Letting Agent Code of Practice: New study reveals subjective approach to compensation

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Legal Services Agency seeks to examine the valuation of compensation awards in the two years following the introduction of the Letting Agent Code of Practice. LSA volunteers and Glasgow School of Law graduates Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson detail its findings.

Published 2 July 2020

Legal Services Agency to host meeting for social justice sector lawyers

The Legal Services Agency (LSA) is hosting virtual meetings to allow lawyers in the social justice sector to connect during lockdown.

Published 22 June 2020

Charities issue joint call for extension of moratorium on evictions

The current moratorium on evictions in Scotland must be extended beyond the current timeframe and include those who are actively trying to ensure their rent arrears are dealt with, according to a number of charities.

Published 26 May 2020

LSA: COVID-19 and the application of the Human Rights Act

Paul Brown and Ben Christman from the Legal Services Agency (LSA) discuss the impact of the current public health emergency on human rights.

Published 16 April 2020

Shaun McPhee: COVID-19 and housing law

Legal Services Agency trainee solicitor Shaun McPhee discusses the effect of COVID-19 on housing law.

Published 15 April 2020

Rona Macleod: UK Supreme Court refuses to consider Ali v Serco and Others

Rona Macleod, a solicitor and associate at the Legal Services Agency (LSA), considers the case against Serco’s lock-change evictions post-Ali. 

Published 14 April 2020

Legal Services Agency names Aaliya Seyal as new chief executive

Aaliya Seyal has been appointed chief executive of the Legal Services Agency (LSA).

Published 19 December 2019

Lawyers who took on Serco and its lock-change evictions programme win at Herald Law Awards

A collaboration of lawyers who took on a multi-billion-pound national services company to defend the rights to a home for more than 300 highly vulnerable asylum seekers has won the Judges Award at The Herald’s 2019 Law Awards of Scotland.

Published 28 November 2019

Serco and Home Office urged to halt lock change notices until legal clarification

A coalition of charities has urged Serco to bring an end to its lock-change evictions of asylum seekers, days before the private housing provider is expected to enter the first premises in Glasgow, until the legality of the action is clarified in law.

Published 10 July 2019

Serco lock change evictions prevented for five asylum seekers in Glasgow

Glasgow Sheriff Court has granted court orders preventing Serco from evicting five asylum seekers by lock change until the next hearing.

Published 4 July 2019

Serco to ‘pause’ asylum seeker lock-change plan as housing associations offer assistance

Housing provider Serco has said it will “pause” issuing lock-change orders to tenants refused asylum in the UK ahead of a court challenge following pressure from campaigners, charities and housing associations.

Published 7 August 2018

Homelessness efforts hampered by ‘lack of political leadership and urgency’, say charities

Homelessness, housing and anti-poverty groups have called for “real and urgent” action to better tackle and prevent the “human tragedy” of homelessness in Scotland

Published 4 April 2017

MSPs meet Glasgow’s female homeless community

Glasgow women facing a life on the streets met with MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee when they visited Simon Community Scotland and Legal Services Agency yesterday.

Published 28 February 2017