Advocates offer the public a distinct and independent service
which complements the services provided by the solicitor branch
of the profession. In particular:-
Advocates offer specialist legal representation and advice
to clients of solicitors and of members of certain other professional
bodies. Thus practitioners in Scotland, in the cities and
in rural areas alike, are able to serve their clients by drawing
on a pool of independent lawyers who are both skilled court
pleaders and also advisers on a wide range of legal problems
both general and specialist.
Collectively, Advocates offer an unrivalled range of skilled,
independent, objective legal services. The fact that they
have no contractual relationship with clients helps them to
maintain a valuable extra degree of detachment relative to
all of the services which they provide.
The advantages of a full-time commitment to advocacy cannot
be over-estimated. These include enhanced litigation skills,
greater reliability in advisory work and the ability to take
on cases of any duration.
For more than 300 years, the Faculty has maintained within
Parliament House the Advocates Library, accepted generally
as the finest working law library in the British Isles. Certainly,
the legal profession in Scotland has no other of such range
and quality. Thus Member of Faculty are uniquely equipped
with the resources necessary to render professional services
of the highest standard.
The Faculty does not operate a Chambers system in the manner
of the English Bar. Instead a service company, Faculty Services
Limited, incorporated in 1971, provides appropriate administrative
facilities for all those members who wish to use them. These
include clerking services and all arrangements for the charging
and collection of fees. The low overheads associated with
centralised administration permit Members of Faculty to offer
services at competitive rates.