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14 October 13

This month's profile from the Society features Mark Thorley, convener of the Civil Legal Aid Team

What is your own practice area?

Family law.

What motivates you to get up on a Monday morning?

Getting the children to school!

What’s your top tip for new lawyers

No matter how good a job you have done for your client, remember to get paid.

How long have you been a member of the committee?

I was first “recruited” to the old Legal Aid Committee in 2003 when I came onto Council. The committee has undergone a few changes since then!

What have been the highlights for you?

That we can sit down with both the Scottish Government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. They may not always adopt our view, but they do hear us.

What big project/issue is the committee working on at the moment?

Too numerous to mention all, but the legal aid savings packages are challenging.

What do you see as the other main issues in the near future?

Contracting is on the horizon.

If you could change only one thing, what would it be?

The working week should consist only of five days.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Mountains (climbing up, skiing down), and hockey (when not injured). 


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