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Solicitors needed for equality research interviews and focus groups

20 June 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland is looking for solicitors to take part in research to explore a range of issues affecting specific groups in the legal profession, including transgender people and solicitors who have been working in the legal profession for 20 years or more.

The project builds on the Society's Profile of the Profession research, which over 3,400 Scottish solicitors responded to last year, and will examine the views of individuals and smaller groups on issues affecting them.

Neil Stevenson, Director of Representation and Support, said: "The response to our Profile of the Profession consultation was fantastic, with more of our members taking part in the 2013 survey than in previous years. The research has given us a much clearer insight into the people who make up the profession and, as the profession continues to change, issues that our members face and the kind of support that they need from the Law Society.

"We have carried out follow up research since the Profile of the Profession consultation on a range of issues including changing work patterns bought on by flexi-time, flexible working, technology and other factors; training needs of solicitors at different stages of their careers and LGBT solicitors.

"We are now looking for two groups of solicitors to help us further with our work. We have a number of transgender members, and transgender people looking to enter the profession, and want to learn more about their experiences through interviews with individuals.

"In addition to this, we are also looking for Glasgow-based solicitors who are well-established in their careers to take part in focus group sessions. The Society has specific programmes of work for those in training and new lawyers, and services around career development, but we want to find out if there are issues we need to address or support for those fully developed in their careers in different parts of the country.

"We've had a good response from the profession already, but need more people in some key areas and we are keen to ensure everyone who is interested has a chance to share their views - even if they had not responded to the original research."

Solicitors interested in contributing their views can contact the Law Society commissioned researcher, Elaine Wilson Smith, directly and in strict confidence: ewilsonsmith@systra.com.

Names and details will not be passed to the Society, and no identifying information will be included in the final report. Focus groups are likely to be held in the central belt, with telephone calls to other areas to ensure differing perspectives are included.

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Notes to editors

Further information about the research projects is available on the Law Society website at Equality research.

Additional information on the Profile of the Profession research is also available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884. EMAIL valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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