"Unsung" rising stars to shine
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be the president of the Law Society of Scotland, a new award for in-house lawyers is offering a chance to have a unique insight into the role.
The new In-house Lawyers' Group Rising Star 2013 award for in-house trainees and lawyers up to five years qualified will recognise achievements by nominees who have made a positive contribution to their own organisation and beyond.
The In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG) of the Law Society of Scotland is searching for a newly qualified in-house lawyer who has added value and demonstrated innovation or legal process improvements in their organisation.
Sara Scott, the group's Vice Chair, said: "In-house lawyers work in a wide variety of organisations, local and national governments, but sometimes their talents are hidden as they are often behind the scenes. This is particularly true for more junior in-house lawyers.
"We believe there's a lot of unsung legal talent in the 25% of the Scottish legal profession that works in-house, and that's why we've launched this new award."
The nominations will be judged by a panel of leading lawyers, covering in-house, private practice, more recently qualified lawyers and independent lay people.
The winner will receive a trophy and two career development opportunities: spending time with Bruce Beveridge, to find out what life is like as president of the Society and get some insights from his career as a senior in-house lawyer; and, two free coaching for success sessions with a professional career coach.
Short-listed nominees will receive a free place at the dinner and a certificate.
The award will be announced at the ILG annual dinner at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, following the group's annual conference at Murrayfield Stadium on 4 October.
Within this year's conference: In-house in 2013 - innovative, in the know and in demand, sessions will look at:
- Measuring and demonstrating in-house value in innovative ways
- Navigating the changes within the dispute resolution process
- Big data in a virtual world
- The leadership roles of solicitors in business
- Career development and the next generation
The conference will also explore what Scottish independence could mean for in-house lawyers and their organisations and what might need to be done to prepare for it.
The Society's Vice President, Alistair Morris, will address the conference, which incorporates the In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG) annual general meeting.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115
21 August 2013