In-house talent's chance to shine
Talented lawyers working in-house will have their chance to shine in this year's search for the Law Society's In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG) Rising Star.
Lynda Towers, Chair of the In-House Lawyers' Group, said: "We want to celebrate the often unsung talent of solicitors working in-house - who now represent a quarter of the profession. We were absolutely delighted to get such strong entries for the very first year of the award last year. It presented the judges with a very hard task but illustrated just how many excellent solicitors we have working in-house, with nominations from right across the in-house spectrum, from local authorities, in-house company lawyers, public bodies and charities and covering a wide range of work."
The award's first winner in 2013, Stuart Murdoch from RBS Legal, said: "It was a massive honour to be recognised as the in-house rising star last year. The award is a great way to recognise the increasing prevalence and importance of the role of in-house lawyers, and to help engage in-house lawyers with the Law Society. It is clear that the standard of candidate was very high given the calibre of the other two finalists who are hugely respected within their respective charities and beyond. Their remit within their organisations and the influence they exert shows the importance of lawyers to charities, business and the economy generally.
"The role of in-house lawyer has a bright future and I was thrilled to be seen as an emerging talent in this area."
Nominations for the ILG Rising Star Award 2014 are now open. Nominees must be Scottish in-house trainee solicitors, NQ in-house solicitors or in-house solicitors with up to five years' PQE and have a track record of achievements, proactively adding value and demonstrating innovation or legal process improvements. Nominees should also have made a positive contribution beyond their own organisation.
The nominations will be judged by a distinguished panel of in-house lawyers from various sectors and regions, lay members and some guest judges representing young lawyers and private practice and the winner will be announced at the Law in Scotland conference dinner in the autumn.
Lynda Towers added: "The winner will be presented with the magnificent In-house Rising Star 2014 trophy plus and will be offered three great career development opportunities, including a day shadowing a prominent in-house solicitor, two free sessions with a professional career coach and a free place at our ILG annual conference next year."
To nominate a colleague or someone you know who deserves this award, simply complete the nomination form and send it with the nominee's CV to Elaine MacGlone at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Friday 15 August 2014.
For further information please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 or at email@example.com