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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

70, and counting

8 Jul 19

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

This month’s Journal magazine is a special issue commemorating the Law Society of Scotland’s platinum (70th) anniversary. We are using it both to take a look at the Society itself, and more importantly its membership, now highly diverse and specialised, practising in all parts of the world, and facing a constantly changing working environment. All these aspects are reflected in our features.

The cover of each copy will feature one of the two winning designs (one from the profession, one from the schools category) in our competition to design the cover for this issue. A selection of the entries appears on p 30 of the magazine. My thanks to everyone who took part – the judging was an enjoyable diversion from the usual routine!

It was interesting, but not surprising, how many of the entries focused on certain familiar themes – the figure of justice; catching baddies; gavels (cringe); but, rather charmingly, some of the children thought of the law as meaning child protection, recognising how it can relate to them. Relevance of rights to daily life is something of which lawyers are constantly seeking to raise awareness.

What shape is the Society in at 70? Pretty fighting fit, I would say. You may not think me entirely impartial, though I sit at arm’s length. However I do believe it is only when you see the Society up close that you appreciate just how much it does for the profession and public, and the dedication of its staff and volunteers.

That does not deter those who believe that professional regulation should be organised differently. Thus we have the Roberton proposals, on which to its credit the Scottish Government has decided to attempt to find some consensus of approach, despite what it accepts are the “polarised” views surrounding whether the legal professional bodies should continue in their present form.

So the Society enters its next decade facing uncertainty as to what it will look like by the end of it. However, if you recall where we were a decade ago, when the profession was bitterly divided over the introduction of alternative business structures – which for reasons then unforeseen, have still to make an appearance this side of the border – you will know that it has survived more immediate and serious threats.

It appears that most members attach great importance to its regulatory muscle and, while they may grumble at the burden, would prefer that to some outside body over whose rules, and costs, they have little, if any, influence. And as long as the Society continues to be seen as also setting high standards of public service, it may yet survive intact. Many happy returns.


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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