The Scottish Council of Law Reporting (SCLR) has signed up to become a Gold sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation, donating £5,000 to the charity to help fund law students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland.

The donation will fund two of the Foundation’s annual bursaries of £2,500, which will go towards helping academically gifted students to overcome social and financial barriers to pursuing their careers in law.

The SCLR was established by the legal professions in Scotland to ensure the continuing publication of Session Cases and, this year, marks the bicentenary of the first publication of Scotland’s pre-eminent series of law reports. It is believed to be the longest running series of law reports in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Jackie McRae, Chair of the SCLR, said: "As a charity, the SCLR has the advancement of education as one of its prime objects. The SCLR is pleased to be able to support the vital work of the Lawscot Foundation in helping widen access to a career in law as far as possible."

Heather McKendrick, of the Lawscot Foundation, said: "We are delighted that the SCLR has chosen to become a Gold sponsor of our charity. Its decision to support our work and the talented students we fund is a massive boost, particularly at a time when many are struggling due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

"We believe that access to a legal career should be based on ability, not financial circumstances, and wholly rely on the support and generosity of the profession to help remove financial barriers for our gifted students. The Scottish Council of Law Reporting’s generous donation will make a real, tangible difference."