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18 July 16

This month we feature Morag Driscoll, convener of the Society's Family Law Committee

What made you pursue a career as a solicitor?

I had been a post-grad in medieval history and was frankly sick of sitting in a room researching. I wanted to do something that was intellectually stimulating but made a difference to living people.

Why did you decide to join a committee?

I was lucky enough to be a member of the Society's Council, and it is part of the job!

Have your perceptions of the Society changed since you joined the committee?

It was far less boring and distant than I had imagined. I did not expect to meet so many interesting people, to learn so much and to experience such camaraderie.

What have been the highlights for you personally?

Seeing our proposed amendments to new legislation make it into law!

What are the main issues that you think the committee has to address at the moment?

The endless stream of new legislation, and we’ll have to closely monitor developments as the effects of the EU referendum result become clearer.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your work as a committee member?

The number of expert people that give their time so freely and who are so passionate about making things work better for clients and for the profession.

What are you most looking forward to as part of the Society’s new strategy?

I look forward to seeing an even more inclusive profession to reflect Scotland's population, and will be interested to see how we can support women to thrive and progress while still being able to raise a family.

What’s your top tip for new lawyers?

Follow your passions and you will never lose interest in your work.

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

The perception of lawyers by media, government and the public.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Being a carer, my friends, and books, books, books!

 

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