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21 Feb 18

Scottish Legal International comes to fruition

Joint initiative aims to promote Scottish profession internationally

30 Aug 17

A paralegal's tale

Janet Rieu-Clarke, the Law Society’s accredited paralegal, explains the path that led her to new role at the Society and the rationale behind the new accredited paralegal status.

30 Aug 17

A call to vote from John Scott

John Scott QC urges his fellow solicitor advocates to vote for their dedicated representative

29 Aug 17

No globalisation without representation...

Katie Hay discusses the globalisation of the legal market and urges Scottish solicitors working internationally, to get involved

24 Jul 17

Bringing the world to "world-class"

Sarah Sutton, digital communications executive at the Law Society of Scotland, talks about her bright idea to ensure international representation on the Society’s Council

26 Jun 17

The Debate - backstage, front of house and top tips

In this mini-series of blogs, three key players in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament share their individual perspectives of the event.

19 Jun 17

Got a passion for the profession?

Could one of the 23 current vacancies for 16 different committees be just right for you?

28 Apr 17

Professional Practice - advising the advisers

Scottish solicitors help their clients through some of the most momentous occasions of their lives, personal or professional, good or bad. But where do solicitors turn for support? Prof Prac, that's where.

1 Nov 16

How getting involved in debating can change your life

Head of education Rob Marrs explains how getting involved in debating, whether as competitor or judge, can be incredibly rewarding. And more importantly, he explains how to win a debate.

14 Oct 16

Career development and volunteering at the Law Society of Scotland

If you want to enhance your career, develop your skills or just give back to your profession, there are lots of different personal and professional development opportunities at the Society

Editors Blog

Shape your future

12 Mar 19

Despite the uncertainty, it would benefit legal firms to think proactively about how to react to Brexit

It gives me no pleasure to return to the subject of Brexit, and what it is difficult not to regard as the complete breakdown of proper government as the Prime Minister ducks and weaves, apparently intent on seeing her deal pass at all costs, yet refusing to rule out “no deal”. It is laughable that she and her ministers maintained that doing so somehow strengthened our hand in negotiations, but criminal that the Government continues to spend many millions preparing for something that neither it, nor a majority in the House of Commons, appears willing to see come to pass.

Leaving aside the clear arguments (in my humble view) for putting the question again to the people on the basis of the reality that is now becoming apparent, on a practical level legal firms, like most businesses, must try and work out what effect it could all have on them – and what new opportunities might exist for being of service to clients. This is something many smaller practices have still to address properly, on the indications received as we prepared our lead feature, but it would be surprising if there was indeed nothing they could do, in most cases. We hope our feature at least prompts some serious thought on the subject: even if the 29 March deadline is extended, there is little time to act.

Countering bias

Each year, International Women’s Day serves as a reminder that although great strides have been made towards gender equality especially in recent decades, much remains to be done. Last year, and again this year, publication of the gender pay gap figures is serving as a reminder of that.

One main aim of diversity training is the elimination of unconscious bias. That fault is all the more insidious simply because of what it is: if we are unaware of its presence, how can we counteract it? Being informed of the ways in which it commonly works would be a good start.

I have reflected on this since reading this month’s Opinion column. Diversity is, of course, about much more than just gender, or indeed ethnicity, and here our contributor, Laurie Anderson, speaks up for the LGBTQ+ community, explaining why they have such a high incidence of mental health-related issues such as panic attacks and stress. I admit I learned something from this. How many of us can read it and not say the same?

Greener delivery

Finally, your Journal will have arrived this month in a paper envelope rather than a single use plastic wrapper. A number of readers have voiced a desire for a more easily recyclable wrapping and Connect, with the Society, has responded.


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Blog archive

9 Sep 19

Courts and politics

Courts should be able to intervene if an abuse of power threatens the balance between executive and legislature

12 Aug 19

Constitutional meltdown?

The fundamentals of our constitution should not be put at risk simply in order to achieve Brexit by the scheduled date

8 Jul 19

70, and counting

The Society is in good shape as it turns 70, though uncertainty lies ahead

12 Jun 19

Uncovering the unacceptable

Our self-styled ethical profession has a problem of bullying and harassment. Can it be treated as a question of fitness to practise?

15 May 19

Make wellbeing a thing

Staff wellbeing in legal firms has to become a matter of culture, with supporting mechanisms in place

8 Apr 19

Law for people

The dignity of the law has come before the dignity of those caught up in its processes. What might happen if that were reversed?

12 Mar 19

Shape your future

Despite the uncertainty, it would benefit legal firms to think proactively about how to react to Brexit

11 Feb 19

Flexible is possible

As this month's lead feature illustrates, large and small firms alike can operate flexible working practices, and there appear to be few issues with clients when they do

14 Jan 19

Seeking the positive

A bit of flexibility and imagination can achieve things this year, whether for a business in the face of Brexit or for employees to improve their work-life balance, and wellbeing

3 Dec 18

A turbulent Christmas

Depressing divisions and a lack of clear thinking dominate the Brexit scene. But (stop press) there is something positive in the official reaction to the legal aid review