Sunday, January 24, 2010

Special Ops & Surveillance training revealed by Law Society twit

Law Society of ScotlandLaw Society of Scotland twit reveals special black ops. SPECIAL OPS, SURVEILLANCE, INVESTIGATION & PROTECTION are hardly the kind of activities one normally associates with the Law Society of Scotland, especially the part about ‘investigation’ (haha – Ed) but apparently this is exactly what is going on over at the Law Society of Scotland’s HQ at Drumsheugh Gardens these days, according to one of its own directors writing on an internet message website.

StevensonLawLaw Society Director Neil Stevenson’s twitter page. In a message on the popular micro blogging website, Twitter, Neil Stevenson, the Law Society of Scotland’s ‘Head of Diversity’ wrote in a ‘twit’ (a short message) : "Working with on special ops, surveillance, investigation and protection – the increasingly hard face of corporate IP 3:45 AM Jan 24th from web”. The firm, id enquiries, identifies its services to the legal profession as follows : “Conventional Inquiries, observations or surveillance which are used to secure statements or acquire evidence, Computer Forensic Services, Asset Tracing and Protection Services, also offering a Special Operations Department which devises bespoke responses when conventional investigations are inappropriate. The department creates a unique strategy to deliver results using a variety of techniques which can include physical or technical surveillance and undercover placement”

IDServices website also state : “We undertake a large amount of surveillance work for the insurance industry, as well as public sector and corporate HR departments. All public sector surveillance is required to comply with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) or the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act (RIP(S)A). ID can also assist public departments not familiar with (RIPA) or (RIP(S)A) procedure to develop compliant strategies.”

Law Society been using RIP(S)A lately ? - now would that be against clients, or solicitors ?

Also we couldn’t help noticing a slight sour grapes in Mr Stevenson’s growl at the Scotsman newspaper for failing to obey orders wishes and publish the Law Society’s comments on this week’s SLCC complaints levy freeze, which appeared here : Budget proposals see freezing of compulsory solicitors' levy to fund complaint commission

Mr Stevenson’s outburst against the Scotsman read : “Frustrated the Scotsman has publish SLCC budget press release, & not our response! Makes it easy ride for them as solicitors & clients pay 12:18 AM Jan 25th from web”

Oh dear, poor Scotsman …and exactly who pays for sloppy work which leads to complaints, Mr Stevenson ? …

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