In-house Lawyers Committee
In 2015 the Society set up the In-house Lawyers Committee (ILC) as a committee sitting with in the Society's governance. The ILC continues the work of the In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG), which was established in 1973 as a non-regulatory, independent committee of the Society.
The ILC represents, supports and promotes the interests and status of our members working in-house in Scotland and beyond.
For more information please contact the Committee Secretary, Beth Anderson by email or on 0131 476 8132.
Sharon Wares - The Highland Council
Sharon is a solicitor with The Highland Council
She did her traineeship in private practice in Edinburgh, after graduating from Edinburgh University. After qualifying, her first real job was working for Inverness District Council. Sharon was very conscious when she first became an in-house lawyer that she only had experience in conveyancing. She now also deals with data protection, freedom of information, copyright, the council companies as well as road orders. Sharon says, "When I answered the advert to become an in-house lawyer I knew it would be varied but I couldn’t have imagined that twenty four and a half years later each day working for the Council would bring so much more to learn."
Sharon is passionately interested in education. She helped mentor a colleague through the Law Society exams and when she was asked to clerk the district court in Lochaber she passed a PG distance learning course in District Court Practice and Procedure. She also passed an LLM in IT and T at Strathclyde University on information law so that she could give advice on then new Data Protection Act 1998.
She is currently learning Gaelic... the Highlandshave taken root. She feels very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country.
I feel very passionately about the In-house Lawyers group because it has allowed accessible high quality CPD education to members including members in the rural areas so important when a lot of members are remote from the central belt and also as so many members will work for cash strapped organisations particularly in this recession.