Sole practitioners

There are more than 600 sole practitioners on the roll and each has their own place in the profession. These pages are the gateway to a variety of sources of information, assistance and communication by, from, among and for sole practitioners.

News and current issues

Networking and CPD

All sole practitioners are welcome to the networking meetings which take place monthly in Glasgow and Edinburgh. CPD is verifiable in relation to the meetings of such groups. If you would like to find out further information or to set up a new group, please contact Laura Malcolm.

2016 Programme of Events
The programme of events for the east and west coast groups in 2016 are downloadable from the relative link. Please put dates in your diary now for talks that would be of interest.

In particular please note the next  joint meeting this year; on 23 November in Edinburgh.

 

Forthcoming networking meetings:

GLASGOW

Tuesday 4 October 2016 – RFPG Hall @ 5.30 pm 

Scott Manson of Arnot Manderson, Advocates -  A View from the Bar

For other details and to book your place at any of the Glasgow SPG group meetings (£5 donation requested), contact Paul Carnan.

 

EDINBURGH
Wednesday 28 September 2016
5.30pm coffee and registration. Presentation 6.00-7.00pm

Sheila Webster of Davidson Chalmers: Property Related Disputes

Sheila Webster is Head of Davidson Chalmers’ Dispute Resolution Team. She will look at property related disputes.

Amongst the issues that will be considered are:

  • Handling repairs claims
  • Key points on termination of commercial leases
  • What you need to know about property related judicial reviews

Learning points would be:

  • Understanding the key issues to think about when looking at a lease repairs clause
  • Knowing the common mistakes people make in lease termination notices, and how to avoid them
  • Awareness of the new rules affecting judicial review claims, including applications for protective expenses orders

To book your place at any of the Edinburgh meetings, contact Laura Malcolm

 

A private discussion forum, available to all sole practitioners but not the general public, is available as a sub-group of the Law Society's LinkedIn Group. Items and events of relevance to sole practitoners are notified here and on the professional support twitter account. Please join up!

New Recruitment Guides launched

One of the recommendations in the Fair Access to the Legal Profession report was that the Society should publish best practice guidance for training organisations on recruitment. This was part of an acknowledgement that how organisations conduct their recruitment processes can have a large impact on fair access to the profession.

We are pleased to have published the guidance and hope that employers find this useful.

Practice support

Locum working. The Society's Locum Register has over 60 practitioners with experience in many different areas of practice right across the country. If you are taking a break or need assistance at short notice, use the online Locum Register search function FREE, to get details of potential locums in your area. Full information on the register is available from the Locum register page.

The Society's locum register operates in parallel with lawscotjobs. It is also free to register your availability as a candidate with lawscotjobs.

 

Auto-Enrolment for workplace pensions

Several providers can assist with solutions and systems designed to assist practitioners in small and meduim sized firms to comply with auto-enrolment obligations. One such is Aon Hewitt whose product Littleblue2Go is available to Society members at a specially arranged discount.

Littleblue offers two options for employers of the full Littleblue with an employer/emloyee branded microsite, also Littleblue2Go, which is a lower cost option without the microsite.  In practice we are seeing that SME employers are now predominantly selecting the lower cost/simpler option of Littleblue2Go and we would suggest signposting them to this option.

Littleblue offers a discount off the standard pricing for Law Society of Scotland members for LB2Go. The normal pricing as shown on the site is £1500 set up and £500 in yrs 2 and 3. 

Littleblue2Go is offered to LSS members  at £1300 set up and £400 yr 2, £400 yr 3.  To benefit from this, at the registration stage, please quote code ‘LSOS’.

 

Setting up as a sole practitioner? A summary of the basic information you will need to consider before starting out on your own, along with details of helpful contacts at the Society can be accessed by clicking the related file.

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