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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

4 Oct 16

Going international – a Scots lawyer's week at the IBA

John Morgan, a newly qualified solicitor at Brodies, recently received a scholarship from the International Bar Association to attend its annual conference in Washington DC. He tells of his experience

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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

11 Sep 17

Brexit and the legal order

Government recognition of the need to continue civil judicial cooperation with EU countries after Brexit is welcome, but how can it exclude the involvement of the CJEU?

7 Aug 17

Taking access to justice seriously

The House of Lords decision on employment tribunal fees elevates this constitutional principle

10 Jul 17

Advance of the courts

There is momentum behind civil procedure reform, and practitioners need to be alert to have their say

12 Jun 17

Defend our rights

Don't sacrifice rights to combat terrorism; welcome to Edinburgh for the UK Supreme Court

8 May 17

Review time

Patience will be needed as regards the outcome of the new review of legal services regulation, but there is much for the profession to concern itself with meantime

10 Apr 17

Complaints about the Commission

It is not surprising that solicitors are complaining about the SLCC budget and levy – but what should be done?

13 Mar 17

Crack this one

Digitising summary criminal business is a tough nut to crack, but a bold attempt has been made

13 Feb 17

Imbalance of power

These days, all lawyers may need to be ready to take a stand in defence of the rule of law

9 Jan 17

Civic engagement

The Society risked becoming political in welcoming the Government paper Scotland's Place in Europe

6 Dec 16

The year that was

The Journal employment survey reveals a gloomy outlook; how can solicitors meet clients' needs in these times?