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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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Bringing the world to "world-class"

24 Jul 17

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

It’s always satisfying to see a good idea come to fruition, but I have to say that I am particularly excited about the current campaign to recruit a Law Society of Scotland Council member representing Scottish solicitors working outside of Scotland, England and Wales. Almost two years ago (to the day!), I dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on my "Council representation for global membership" paper and sent it off to the custodian of our "Bright Ideas" inbox.

In the spirit of openness and progression, the senior leadership team at the Society encourages colleagues to make suggestions on how we might improve our ways of working, support our members and serve the public. The ink had hardly dried on our new Leading Legal Excellence strategy, I had just finished working on the communications for the 2015 Council elections and it suddenly became clear to me that there was a gap between our aspirations to become a world-class professional body and our representation on Council.

Back in 2015, we had 232 Scottish solicitors working outside of Great Britain; today our international members number some 450! And while the particular interests of solicitors working on high streets and in big firms across Scotland are well represented, and our in-house members have dedicated Council representation, as do those working in England & Wales, Scottish solicitors working outside of Great Britain do not.

My paper made its way from the Bright Ideas forum to our senior leadership team, to the board and then to Council, gathering positive feedback and agreement at every stage. Finally, and because the addition of Council members requires a constitutional amendment, my proposal gained final approval from our members at this year’s AGM. As an organisation striving to achieve global recognition for our standards, services and thought leadership, we have made changes to ensure that global concerns and issues are incorporated in our decision making process.

And here we are, in the first phase of the campaign to recruit and elect our first ever international Council member. I am genuinely delighted. So if you are a Scottish solicitor, working in Munich, Brisbane or New York, this is your opportunity to make sure that your professional body, the Law Society of Scotland, supports and represents your views and those of your international colleagues. Take a look our website, find out how to nominate yourself and get in touch if you have any queries. You can have your say… Just like I did!

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Blog archive

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?

6 Aug 18

No deal, no say?

The arguments for a second EU referendum apply with greater force in a "no deal" scenario

9 Jul 18

System under threat

Items in this month's issue illustrate increasing threats to the rule of law and the integrity of the legal system

11 Jun 18

Speaking out

The benefit sanctions system has drawn some unusually sharp comments from the Society, but the need for such strictures is likely to increase

8 May 18

After Windrush

The treatment of those of Caribbean origin shows a need for the law to be rebalanced

9 Apr 18

Mind the gap

Do the Gender Pay Gap Regulations provide enough useful information to justify their approach?

12 Mar 18

Case to be made

If the independent legal aid review could not find evidence to support a general rise in fees, what should the response be?