The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland represents cash room and accounting staff who support solicitors.

SOLAS

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SOLAS Seminars

For current details of SOLAS events being held across the country please visit the SOLAS webpage.

The September 2016 Seminar will be held in The Dewars Centre, Perth on Wednesday 21st September, 2016. Registration from 10am. Bookings can be made using the booking form downloadable from the related link.

Evening training classes

The enrolment form can be downloaded from the relevant link or obtained from Martyn Robinson, Secretary to the Joint Board of Examiners, at the Society.

The classes are provided through the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland (SOLAS) and are examined by a joint board of examiners set up by the Law Society of Scotland and SOLAS. 

The course was restructured in 2013 to take account of changing requirements within the profession and now focuses initially on the three key areas of cash room accounting, executries and feeing. An executive summary of each course is available.

The course is now for a period of one year and one term is dedicated to each module. Modules will be provided on one evening per week in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness (numbers permitting). It is intended that modules will be provided on a more advanced basis for second year but that will depend on the popularity of the first year classes.

In order to provide as much flexibility as possible, staff can either undertake all three modules in the one year or only one or two of the modules. The costs are:

Module

Duration

Cost

Cash room accounting

10 weeks

£350

Executries

10 weeks

£350

Feeing

5 weeks

£150

All three modules

1 academic year

£675

 Those students who successfully complete all three modules will then be able to apply to SOLAS for associate membership. Visit www.solas.co.uk for more information about SOLAS.

It is recommended that only staff with a minimum of 12 months' relevant work experience should undertake the modules. It is expected that your cash room staff, paralegals, trainee solicitors or qualified solicitors will find one or more of the modules useful, either as a refresher or as a tool to familiarise themselves with cash room duties.

The Society administers the registration for the course while area organisers in each of the centres manage the day-to-day running of the modules and examinations. A joint board comprising SOLAS members and Law Society members oversees the course.

Enrolments will be on a first come, first served basis and the form should be accompanied by your cheque for the relevant amount made payable to The Law Society of Scotland.

Background of SOLAS

The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland dates back to 1910 and, with a membership in the region of 600, represents a significant proportion of the cash room and accounting staff who support solicitors in legal practices in Scotland. To be a member of SOLAS and to be entitled to use the initials SLA after a member's name, a member has to have completed the prescribed seven courses, passed all the examinations and have had at least three years' working experience in a legal office.

The courses and examination structure is overseen by a joint board of examiners, which operates under a trust set up jointly between the Law Society of Scotland and the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland in 1987. The board comprises members of both bodies and meets quarterly.

The greatest proportion of members are cash room-based and their experience contributes hugely to the smooth running of cash rooms, with particular emphasis on full compliance with the accounts rules laid down by the Law Society of Scotland.

The joint board is currently investigating making the courses available online and by distance learning and also the provision of some of the courses on a modular basis for those who are interested in them but do not wish to undertake the whole two-year course.

If you or a member of your staff is interested in becoming a qualified law accountant, please contact the Secretary to the Joint Board, Martyn Robinson, at the Law Society of Scotland.

The current SOLAS Committee members are available to view at the relevant page of the SOLAS website.

For more information about the courses, please visit the SOLAS wesbite at www.solas.co.uk/.