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The Member Engagement teams at the Society provide tailored resources and support for individual solicitors as well as for law firms and businesses.
There is information available specifically for solicitors facing redundancy.
The Society also supports Lawcare, an independent charity providing practical help and support to legal practitioners experiencing stress and ill health. Lawcare can provide tailored presentations for firms and organisations delivered free of charge. For details please see the programme in the related link. To book up please contact Trish McLellan.
Mental Health Week 2016 saw a number of initiatives across the UK to support mental wellbeing and to tackle negative stress.
Lawcare promoted the establishment of taskforces in all UK jurisdictions and in the Republic of Ireland to reduce the stigma among legal professionals in Scotland associated with the admission of suffering stress and of seeking assistance for mental wellbeing support.
The first meeting of the Scottish taskforce, Legal Wellbeing Scotland, was held in June 2016, chaired by Eilidh Wiseman President of the Society and attended by representatives from all branches of the legal profession from the judiciary, advocates, solicitors from in-house and private practice firms of all sizes, new lawyers, universities, paralegals and law accountants.
First steps are to compile and share examples of good practice from among participating members and to identify opportunities for improvements.
The work of the taskforce will be reported here, in the Journal and in social media.
If you have an interest in finding out more please contact Laura Malcolm.
As summer approaches we are receiving increasing numbers of requests for locum assistance through the Society’s Locum Register. If you have spare capacity why not register your availability?
There are other charitable bodies which can provide additional support including the Scottish Solicitors' Benevolent Fund, the Tod Foundation, which is jointly administered by SLAS and the Society, and the Pritchard Educational Trust, which is also administered by the Society.
Trustees of the benevolent fund and the Tod Foundation are in possession of funds designed to be used to alleviate suffering and to assist in practical ways when members encounter difficulties.
They welcome applications for assistance which are always received and considered in the utmost confidence. If you have any queries, please contact Laura Malcolm for further information.