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03 Sep 2019

Professional standards

Free representation for SSSC registered workers in Strathclyde

We’re working with the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic to help more SSSC registered workers to access free representation when they are involved in our fitness to practise investigations and hearings.

Workers whose fitness to practise is being investigated can approach the law clinic for free legal advice and representation. We’ve worked with the law clinic for some years but we’d like even more people to know about their free support so a greater number of workers in the Strathclyde area will ask for advice.

The law clinic has operated for over 15 years and aims to increase access to justice for those who cannot obtain legal aid and cannot afford a solicitor. It is run by law student volunteers, under supervision, who can offer advice and representation to help with a variety of legal issues including employment, housing and consumer issues. Law clinic students have helped workers with SSSC hearings in the past and hope to help more.

Hannah Coleman, Head of Hearings at the SSSC said:

‘I am very pleased that the law clinic has agreed to continue to support workers involved with SSSC investigations and hearings.

‘We’ll deliver training on the legal framework we operate in and our processes to the clinic and I hope their ongoing involvement will improve access to justice for workers living in Strathclyde.’

Kate Laverty, Director of the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic said:

‘I’m delighted that our students will receive training from the SSSC as this will improve our volunteers understanding of the processes involved, which will in turn allow them to better represent workers during a stressful time in their lives.

‘Our students are always enthusiastic about improving their knowledge and skills to allow them to do the best job they can and this training is eagerly anticipated.’

About the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic

The clinic aims to provide access to justice in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. They offer advice and representation to help clients with their legal problems.

Find out more on the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic website.

Other organisations we’re working with to improve access to justice

We have worked with another two law centres, in Fife and Aberdeen, which will make the fitness to practise process more accessible for workers in these areas. You can find out more by visiting their websites.

Aberdeen Law Project – Visit their website at

Fife Law Centre – Visit their website at

Support for representatives

The SSSC are always willing to deliver training on our processes to those who act, or may act, for SSSC registered workers. If you would like more details email

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council