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"Unsung" rising stars to shine

21 August 2013 | tagged News release

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.

To nominate a colleague or someone you know, complete the online form and send it with the nominee's CV to elainemacglone@lawscot.org.uk by close of business on 28 August 2013.

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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115

21 August 2013

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