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ILG Committee Vacancies February 2015

27 February 2015

The ILG Committee is recruiting new members - why should you consider applying.

The Committee is looking to recruit 4 additional members to reflect the diversity of the in-house solicitor community. 

Why should you consider applying?

The Committee leads on a wide variety of projects, allowing any ILG member the opportunity to get stuck into work which is both interesting and of benefit to the ILG members. Currently the Committee is organised into several sub groups covering the following areas of work:

CPD and events – this sub-group leads on the highly regarded ILG seminar programme, the ILG Annual conference and the annual 21st Century Bar conference in conjunction with the Faculty of Advocates.

New Lawyers and Career Development – this group looks particularly at opportunities to work with the Society on support projects such as the current solicitor mentoring scheme, and other groups such as the SYLA and TANQ

Communications – this group leads on the newsletter, the regular articles in the Society’s Journal, as well as helping to maintain the ILG social media streams.

Governance and Member Services – this group looks at how the ILG runs and its relationship with the Society.

While this does give you a great opportunity to develop the support and service for your fellow in-house solicitors, the experience of joining the committee can help you develop skills and experience to help with your own career development. The Committee is committed to regular business planning and monitoring the work carried out in its annual plan, the communications work gives you the opportunity to develop your writing skills with the support of the Society’s communications team, and you could be a published author in the Journal. The events which the ILG are involved in provide excellent net-working opportunities for you.

Graeme McWilliams, Committee member since 2012, explains why he joined the Committee “I joined as I wanted to ensure that Standard Life (as a major in-house lawyer employer) was represented on the committee after Colin Anderson stepped down. I was also keen to see the 21st Century Bar conference event continue, which I always enjoyed attending and Colin had originally set it up with Lord Malcolm 15 years ago. I enjoy the committee work and my fellow committee members are very friendly and sociable!”

Sharon Wares, who joined the Committee in 2014, says “I am currently the newest member of the Committee and I am a Highland Council solicitor based in Inverness. When I heard that the Committee was looking for new members I wanted to support them as they have supported me.  The ILG held seminars have been particularly important to me as an in-house lawyer working in Inverness as they are often specifically tailored to in-house work or have an in-house perspective and the Committee have always been wonderful at using video conferencing technology to enable in-house lawyers spread around Scotland to attend seminars without travelling long distances. I always felt that there was a wonderful community feel to the seminars with in-house solicitors from venues all-round Scotland having the opportunity to not only view the seminars but to ask individual questions at the end from the various locations Portree, Fort William, Inverness, Lerwick, Peebles... It made me think of the Eurovision Song Contest with the opportunity for each jury to watch the same programme and fully participate afterwards and be part of a much larger community… and here are the results of the (Inverness) jury. When I joined the  Committee I had the same community feeling  from my first meeting with the Committee as each member of the Committee around the table personally welcomed me and told me about themselves and the kindness and support I have received has been wonderful.  I am still learning about the breadth of activity and diversity of the ILG Committee’s work.  I have joined the communications sub-group of the committee and looking forward to interviewing one of our in-house members for the Journal for the first time and also chairing one of the ILG seminars. I think it is a great group to be a part of and hope that other in-house lawyers will consider joining the Committee.”

One vacancy is reserved for an employee of the Crown Office Procurator Fiscals Service. For the other vacancies the Committee welcomes applications for any interested in-house solicitor, and would particularly welcome applications from:

  • Recently qualified solicitors
  • Solicitors working in oil and gas preferably in the Aberdeen area
  • Solicitors working in a private sector business environment other than in financial services

 If you are interested in these vacancies please see ILG Vacancies and download the application form. This should be returned to the ILG Secretary Elaine MacGlone by 6 Ma rch 2015. If you have any questions please  contact Elaine either by email or by telephone 0131 226 8887