We planned to excel by operating as a world-class organisation through four key projects.
|Law Society platinum anniversary
We will celebrate the Law Society’s platinum anniversary, using this major milestone to showcase the contribution of Scottish solicitors over the last 70 years.
|We celebrated the Law Society’s 70th anniversary throughout the year, involving our members, colleagues and partner organisations. This included a successful link with the national 100 years of women in law celebrations.
From themed blogs on the changes in the profession over the years, to competition winning designs gracing the cover of the Journal, we celebrated our history and the role of our members within it.
Towards the end of the year we celebrated with members at the platinum annual conference with a themed cake, and held a platinum themed diversity debate.
We had the Paisley Snail plaques refurbished and reinstalled with an official unveiling by our President, the Provost and local MSP. This took place shortly after the year end, on 8 November 2019.
We will improve our processes for internal reporting to our Council, Board and committees by better using technology and automation.
|A number of internal reporting processes, including those providing financial information and related key performance indicators have been developed and improved, which includes the introduction of dashboards.
Work has been done on how our suite of management information should be further developed to meet identified business needs and will be implemented during 2020 under our digital transformation strategic roadmap.
|Developing digital solutions – Finance & Operations
We will achieve digital transformation on all our administrative processes by making use of digital technologies to streamline workflows and minimise the use of paper.
|Our Digital Transformation strategy commenced with elimination of analogue dictation and the use of cheques. All of our regulatory and governance committees are now using our secure online portal to receive and share documentation.
The Digital Transformation roadmap has been written, and subject to Board approval will commence full implementation during 2020.
|Interventions We will review the way in which we currently deal with interventions in legal firms, including judicial factors, to ensure our current approach is effective and efficient.||Our current approach to dealing with interventions and judicial factors in legal firms was reviewed and the report produced did not recommend any changes. However, we did develop and produce some key performance indicators to monitor the progress of our judicial factor work.||Complete|
The principle focus of our CSR activity is to utilise all resources efficiently to reduce our carbon footprint, engage in various activities that promote health & wellbeing and promote ourselves as a good neighbour assisting and contributing in the community and charitable causes.
Within our offices, we have segregated waste recycling points, have stopped providing disposable cups and encourage colleagues to only print where necessary.
All colleagues are entitled to take one day or two half ‘CSR’ days, the only qualification being that the time is spent dedicated to a charitable or socially responsible activity.
Throughout 2019, 32 members of staff participated in a CSR day which equates to 25% of colleagues. This is an increase of 12% on the previous year.
For the first time we entered into a partnership with Business in the Community and organised a Paired Reading Scheme, where a number of colleagues have spent time with primary school children in a deprived area of Edinburgh, supporting them in learning to read.
Additionally, colleagues have:
- helped to decorate West Lothian Foodbank’s new charity shop in preparation for its opening
- spent the day shaking collection buckets for Waverly Care
- volunteered with Girl Guiding Scotland
- run a cricket after school club at a local primary school
- spent the day painting an elderly neighbour’s fence
- volunteered as a case study for medical students
- sat on charitable boards
- volunteered with Leuchie House, a respite centre in North Berwick.
This year our charity partner of the year has been West Lothian Foodbank, nominated and voted for by colleagues. Throughout the year we have organised many fundraising activities such as a weekly ‘soup kitchen’ for colleagues, run the Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay, walked the Kiltwalk, held a number of bake sales and organized a pub quiz.
Over the year we have raised a grand total of £7708.67.
Additionally, we have collected 167kg of food and household supplies for the foodbank, which equates to around 397 meals.
Colleagues are also entitled to donate blood during the working day at the Edinburgh Blood Donor Center, which is close to our offices. This year we have donated 20 litres of blood.