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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

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The Debate - backstage, front of house and top tips

26 Jun 17

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

Now in its 18th year, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debate is Scotland’s biggest debating tournament. Run by the Law Society of Scotland, this year’s competition welcomed 128 teams in the opening heats and after two further challenging rounds, just four schools pitted their wits against one another in the grand final in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament .

The motion in this year’s final proposed that, “This house would deny smokers free access to healthcare” and the finalists responded with such agility and flair that the judges had a difficult time wading through the talent to identify the victors.

Needless to say, an enormous amount of planning and preparation goes into ensuring that the event lives up to the success of previous years.

In the short series which follows, three bloggers share their personal experiences and interactions with the tournament – all very different and all make great reading.

The Debate – planning, prep and pressure to get it right

Lyndsey Thomson is the Society's careers and outreach coordinator. Lyndsey works on a number of education and training initiatives and having recently taken on the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, she tells us about the planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes in the months running up to the event.

Click here to enjoy Lyndsey's blog

The Debate – what the judges want

Victoria Lane is a senior solicitor at Brodies LLP and a part-time tutor at Edinburgh University. Victoria's debating experience kicked off in the Donald Dewar Debating tournament when she was still at school and continued throughout her university career. A judge in this year's tournament, Victoria blogs about how debaters can give themselves the edge over the competition.

Click here to enjoy Victoria's blog

The Debate – three perspectives, one set of eyes

Sarah Sutton is our digital communications specialist, but in her former role as media communications executive, Sarah looked after the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. She has also sat on the judging panel on a number of occasions and in this year’s final, she relished the opportunity to savour the debate from the spectators' gallery. Sarah blogs about her experiences of the competition from three different perspectives.

Click here to enjoy Sarah's blog.

If you enjoyed our mini-series, visit the Law Society of Scotland website to read more about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament and watch a video of some of the key moments from a previous year's competition.

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Blog archive

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

7 Nov 18

Put to the test

The Society's position as regulator will come under renewed scrutiny following the Roberton report, but the report itself should equally be subjected to proper scrutiny

9 Oct 18

Under siege

After the extra money announced for prosecutors and then the police, something has to be done now for the defence sector

10 Sep 18

Programme for action?

How much can we expect to happen through the Scottish Government's Programme for Government?