We currently have vacancies across fifteen of our committees, you can read all about the vacancies below and download an application form.  Deadline for submitting an application us 5pm on Wednesday 5 June.  

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Current committee vacancies

Vacancy for two solicitor members and one lay member for the Law Society of Scotland's Audit Committee. 

Committees of the Law Society of Scotland carry out valuable work in a wide range of areas from the general governance of the Law Society to law reform matters.

The Audit Committee is one of the key governance committees of the Law Society and is chaired by Liam McCabe who is the Finance Director at the University of Stirling. Liam is also a lay member on the Law Society’s Council.

The committee is made up of three lay members and four solicitor members. All three lay members are required to hold an accountancy qualification and one of whom is the chairman.

Key areas of the committee's work:-

  • to oversee both the internal and external audit work of the Law Society,
  • to consider, monitor and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Law Society’s risk management and reporting systems,
  • to review and challenge, where necessary, the actions and judgments of the Law Society’s. executive. Office bearers, Council and committee members in relation to all of the Law Society’s financial activities,
  • to review and make recommendations on the Law Society’s internal control and risk management procedures,
  • to review and comment on the Law Society’s annual financial statements and oversee the relations with its external auditors.

The candidate

Lay candidates will hold an accountancy qualification and have an interest in financial and auditing matters.

Solicitor candidates will have an interest in audit and finance matters but will not need to hold an accountancy qualification.

All candidates will have an interest in or knowledge of the Scottish legal system and the work of the Law Society would also be an advantage. The successful candidates will have a common sense approach with an ability to make decisions and have the capacity to absorb a great deal of information.

Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend committee meetings. There are four per year normally with the dates in advance. The candidate will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings and responding to emails regarding committee work. This is a voluntary three-year position with travel expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to David Cullen, Registrar at the Law Society of Scotland by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please call David Cullen on 0131 476 8160 or email davidcullen@lawscot.org.uk.

Vacancy for convener for the Law Society of Scotland’s Banking, Company and Insolvency Law Sub-committee. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to convene our Banking, Company and Insolvency Law Sub-committee. The Sub-committee reports to the Public Policy Committee which has an overarching aim to take a leadership role in the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, particularly the area under influencing the creation of a fairer and more just society and being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership, through the development of positions relating to public policy. 

The convener will be appointed by the Law Society’s Nominations Committee.

Key areas of the sub-committee's work:-

  • pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal systems through the proactive
  • development of public policy proposals,
  • respond effectively to law reform and other public policy proposals which come from the Scottish, UK and European institutions, the UK and Scottish Civil Service and other institutions such as the Law Commissions which produce proposals for law reform and public policy change,
  • engage with government, their agencies and other stakeholders as well as the Law Society’s members in order to fulfil its role.

The convener

The convener can be a solicitor or non-solicitor but should have significant experience in at least one of banking, company and insolvency law (including bankruptcy) and policy in Scotland. The successful candidate should demonstrate a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for banking, company and insolvency law and policy. The convener should have chairing and delegation skills, good decision-making, presentation, and media skills, a collegiate approach, and be able to inspire and lead the sub-committee members. The convener should demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, “Leading Legal Excellence”.

Requirements 

The convener must be able to attend and chair quarterly committee meetings, with other meetings and/or telephone conferences to be held as required. The convener will need to dedicate time to: liaise with the sub-committee’s secretary to identify issues of interest to the sub-committee; respond to emails regarding the sub-committee’s work; read papers and information in preparation for the meetings; and work with the Secretary and sub-committee members to prepare draft responses to consultations, calls for evidence etc. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Carolyn Thurston Smith at carolynthurstonsmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205.

A vacancy has arisen within the Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Specialist Accreditation Panel.

The specialist accreditation scheme offers recognition of solicitors who develop specialist knowledge during their careers, and also helps the public choose a solicitor with the necessary expertise, particularly in more complex cases. Applications for accreditation are assessed by an independent panel with experience in the specialism.

The candidate

Ideally you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • have an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of charity law, as a solicitor or in another role, such as accountancy or academia,
  • be able to consider and digest papers in relation to each application, and to assess each application against the agreed criteria to reach a concise and well-reasoned decision,
  • be able to consider each application independently, and to a specific deadline,
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the Charity Law Specialist Accreditation Panel.

Requirements

As part of a panel of six members, the successful candidate is required to:

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as specialists in charity law on an ad hoc basis - applications will be sent by email,
  • complete and return a score sheet within 14 days, setting out a score for each individual application against the advertised criteria. This requires consideration of the scope and quality of the work the applicant performs, the references and evidence of their learning, teaching and authorship submitted in support of their application,
  • consider requests to review a refused application, and to complete and return a score sheet for the same within 21 days,
  • be available to attend any meetings of the panel called by the convener, either in person or by conference call,
  • adhere to the conduct guidance for accreditation panels.

 Training will be provided to support you in assessing your first application.

To apply please download an application form and return by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 to Elaine MacGlone, Secretary to the Specialist Accreditation Panels at elainemacglone@lawscot.org.uk

If you have any queries about this vacancy or require the application form in an alternative format please contact Elaine by email or on 0131 226 8887.

Background

The Client Protection Sub-Committee plays an important role in managing risks to the public and profession arising from non-compliance with the Law Society of Scotland’s mandatory accounts rules. The work of the Client Protection Sub-Committee supports the Society’s strategic objectives to:

  • ASSURE Law Society members and their clients by setting/monitoring compliance with accounts rules requirements
  • SERVE Law Society members and their clients through effective delivery of regulatory functions and effective decision making (for example deciding upon claims to the Client Protection Fund (the operating name of the Scottish Solicitors Guarantee Fund)

Committee decisions can impact significantly on members of the public, individual solicitors and the profession.

Client Protection Sub-Committee functions

The committee oversees the operation of the Client Protection Fund (the Fund) which exists to aid those who have lost money because of the dishonesty of a solicitor or a member of their staff. The committee makes decisions on claims made to the Fund as well as on Fund management in areas such as insurance and investment.

The committee also considers cases of non-compliance by solicitors with the accounts rules; and makes decisions regarding further action required which can include disciplinary action and emergency action to protect clients.

Positions available

We are looking for an enthusiastic solicitor member to join the committee which is made up of seven solicitors and seven non-solicitors.

Applicants

Applicants will be committed to:

  • the promotion of a culture of accounts rules compliance amongst the Scottish solicitor profession
  • serving the profession and public by dealing effectively with cases of non-compliance and claims against the Fund

Applicants will have significant experience in the areas which are regularly reviewed by the committee such as conveyancing, executry work and handling client money generally.

This is a voluntary three-year position with travel expenses reimbursed.

Requirements

Members prepare for and attend a meeting at our Edinburgh office on the first Thursday of every month.  Members are encouraged to attend meetings in person where they can, but we recognise that this is not always possible and facilities are available for members to join meetings remotely.

On three to four mornings per year, members will also take part in panel interviews of solicitors involved in cases which are being considered by the committee. Attendance at emergency meetings is also occasionally required.

Applications

To apply, please download and complete an application form and return it to Sheila Kirkwood, Solicitor to the Client Protection Fund at the Law Society of Scotland by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please call Sheila Kirkwood on 0131 476 8140 or email sheilakirkwood@lawscot.org.uk

There are vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members of our Energy Law sub-committee.

 The solicitor vacancies specifically require a range of energy law experience, whether in private practice or in-house. We are looking for applicants at different stages of their careers from experienced solicitors to those with less than three years’ post qualification experience.

 The non-solicitor vacancy is specifically aimed at those working in the academic sector specialising in energy law but need not be qualified solicitors. We are looking for applicants with a range of academic experience in the energy law field.

 The vacancies are to assist in the many UK and Scottish Government consultations and legislation in which the sub-committee is involved in responding. The committee’s focus is on energy law which includes all areas of energy such as renewables, wind, hydro, waste to energy, biomass, oil and gas. We are interested in in those who may also be involved in academic work or research in energy Law.

 An example of the committee’s past work is its response to the UK Government on the future of the oil and gas industry (https://www.lawscot.org.uk/media/360479/uk-government-consultation-response-future-of-the-oil-and-gas-industry-inquiry-call-for-evidence.pdf)

 The committee has eight members. There is a need to ensure that all interests in the energy sector are covered which is why the committee is now seeking new members for the three-year term from 2019 - 2022.

 The committee meets up to three times every year usually in Edinburgh. Video- conferencing is available to join meetings remotely. Membership of the committee is unpaid, but all reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

 Key areas of the committee’s work are:-

  •  to pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish UK legal system
  • to respond effectively to reform consultations that emanate from the Scottish and UK Government
  • to engage with the UK and Scottish Government in relation to areas of energy law reform.

The candidate

Candidates will have:

  •  an interest, enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of energy law as it affects the UK and Scotland including the implications of Brexit in relation to the sector
  • a willingness to contribute, listen to and learn from other committee members
  • an ability to think creatively and innovatively in relation to issues of energy law
  • the time commitment to undertake this role

Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend the committee meetings and dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings and occasionally responding to emails regarding committee work.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Gillian Mawdsley at GillianMawdsley@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 or contact Gillian on  0131 476 8206 for further information.

 

 

 

There are five vacancies for our In-house Lawyers’ (ILC) Committee.

 The profile of the expanding community of in-house lawyers is extremely diverse.  Scottish in-house lawyers can be found across every sector, performing a wide range of roles in every corner of Scotland. 

The committee seeks to represent the broad spectrum of in-house solicitors and applications from all candidates will be considered.

Candidates will be enrolled solicitors currently employed in an in-house role, who can demonstrate a passion for promoting and supporting the in-house community; and the ability to commit time and resource to committee business. 

 In-house Lawyers’ Committee:-

 The ILC is a representational committee of our governing Council.  Its role is to:

  • engage with in-house solicitors and trainees, ensuring the Law Society of Scotland understands and serves their professional needs
  • promote the interests of in-house solicitors and trainees
  • encourage and assist in the development of better training of solicitors and trainees working in-house

 Committee work includes:-

  •  education and careers – working with Law Society of Scotland operational staff to support delivery of a programme of events and CPD tailored to in-house lawyers
  • information – assisting in the production of relevant content for in-house lawyers in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland and blogs / features for our online communication channels
  • regulation – discussing and commenting on proposed legislation and responding to consultation papers involving matters affecting in-house solicitors
  • networking and relationships – attending external events and meetings to build relationships and benchmark with in-house solicitors
  • the next generation – promoting and supporting in-house career development

What’s in it for you?

As well as a chance to represent your in-house peers, becoming a member of a committee is a great way to enhance your own profile and the profile of your organisation, learn new practical skills and gain committee experience. It offers fantastic networking opportunities, further personal development and the enjoyment of committee successes.

 Requirements:

There are around eight meetings of the In-house Lawyers’ Committee per year. Meetings are generally held in the evenings, from 5 to 7pm in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Members are encouraged to attend meetings in person where they can, but we recognise that this is not always possible, and facilities are available for members to join meetings remotely. The candidates will also be required to join at least one of the committee’s sub-groups which are responsible for three specific areas of ILC work: (1) education and careers; (2) engagement; and (3) governance and professional practice.  

This is a voluntary three-year position with reasonable travel expenses reimbursed.

Download and complete an application form and return it to ILC Secretary Beth Anderson by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information call 0131 476 8132 or email bethanderson@lawscot.org.uk.  

The Legal Aid Committee's work spans both civil and criminal legal aid.  It considers a wide range of issues relating to legal aid and the Scottish justice system.  Its work includes representing the Society in discussions with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board as we as the Society's members and faculties, as required.

The committee is made up of civil and criminal legal aid team, each with a co-convener, selected by members of each team. 

The committee’s work includes:-

  • engaging with members and with relevant organisations about legal aid
  • communicating effectively the Society's work on legal aid
  • responding on behalf of the Society to Scottish Government and SLAB consultations
  • scrutinising legal aid policy within the Society

Criteria 

The candidates must be registered criminal legal aid practitioners of at least three years’ standing with detailed knowledge of the operation of SLAB procedures and the legislation that applies to criminal legal aid. Candidates should have an understanding of the Society in its legal aid work as well as a willingness to engage with Society’s members to communicate about the work of the Legal Aid committee. They need to have a commitment to access to justice. They need to understand the concerns of the Society’s members and a commitment to access to justice. 

Applications are encouraged from those members of the Society with up to five years PQE.

Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend meetings of the relevant team as well as of the full committee. Team meetings are anticipated to be held quarterly and may be required at short notice. Meetings are usually held in Edinburgh in late afternoon or early evening though dial in facilities will be available. Time will be needed for preparation for the meetings and email correspondence. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Gillian Mawdsley at gillianmawdsley@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please contact Gillian Mawdsley on 0131 476 8206.

There are vacancies for solicitor members of the Law Society of Scotland’s Licensing Law committee. The vacancies are specifically for solicitors with licensing law experience, whether in private practice, in-house or with local authorities. Encouragement is given to any trainees or solicitors with less than three years’ qualification to apply. 

The committee’s focus is on licensing law, responding to UK and Scottish Government consultations and regulations. Recent work has included responding to the Scottish Government’s minimum unit pricing policy. 

The committee has 18 solicitor members. There is a need to ensure that all interests in the sector are covered which is why the committee is now seeking new solicitor members for the three-year term from 1 September 2019 to 30 August 2022. 

The committee meets up to three times every year alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Membership of the committee is unpaid, but all reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Key areas of the committee’s work are:-

  • to pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal system
  • to respond effectively to reform consultations that emanate from the Scottish and UK governments
  • to engage with the UK and Scottish governments in relation to areas of licensing law reform. 

Candidates will have: 

  • an interest, enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of licensing law
  • a willingness to contribute, listen to and learn from other committee members
  • an ability to think creatively and innovatively in relation to issues of licensing law
  • the time commitment to undertake this role. 

Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend committee meetings and audio conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend the meeting in person.  The candidates will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings and occasionally responding to emails regarding committee work.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return to Gillian Mawdsley, secretary to the committee on gillianmawdsley@lawscot.org.uk   by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

There are vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members on our Marine Law Sub-committee. Our policy committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest.

 Key areas of the Marine Law Sub-committee’s work:-

  •  review and comment on proposed draft and amended legislation on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland and provide written and oral evidence to parliament on those proposals
  •  consider proposals from the Scottish Government, United Kingdom Government and the European Union institutions in so far as they impact on all aspects of marine law and practice in Scotland
  • consider and respond to relevant consultations, calls for evidence etc on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland on matters relating to marine law in Scotland
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of marine law issues in Scotland
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including Government and public officials as to developments which affect marine law in Scotland
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee to members and other stakeholders.

The candidates 

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to marine law as well as a strong interest in reforms undertaken by the Scottish Government, UK Government and at a wider international level.

We are looking to recruit new solicitor and non-solicitor members, currently working in private practice, in-house or another relevant role, to join the committee, initially for a three-year term. Applications from trainees or solicitors with up to three years PQE would be welcomed.

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting four times a year and occasional additional meetings if required.  Audio conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend the meeting in person. Applicants will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings, including consultation documents and responding to emails regarding committee work and to attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete the application form and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to convene our Pensions Law Sub-committee. The sub-committee reports to the Public Policy Committee which has an overarching aim to take a leadership role in the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, particularly the area under influencing the creation of a fairer and more just society and being an international centre of excellence in thought leadership, through the development of positions relating to public policy. 

The convener will be appointed by the Society’s Nominations Committee.

Key areas of the Sub-committee's work:-

  • pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal systems through the proactive development of public policy proposals 
  • respond effectively to law reform and other public policy proposals which come from the Scottish, UK and European institutions, the UK and Scottish Civil Service and other institutions such as the Law Commissions which produce proposals for law reform and public policy change
  • engage with government, their agencies and other stakeholders as well as the Society’s members in order to fulfil its role 

The Convener

The convener can be a solicitor or non-solicitor but should have significant experience in pensions law and policy in Scotland. The successful candidate should demonstrate a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for pensions law and policy. The convener should have chairing and delegation skills, good decision-making, presentation, and media skills, a collegiate approach, and be able to inspire and lead the sub-committee members. The convener should demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of the Society’s strategy, Leading Legal Excellence

Requirements 

The convener must be able to attend and chair quarterly committee meetings, with other meetings and/or telephone conferences to be held as required. The convener will need to dedicate time to liaise with the sub-committee’s secretary to identify issues of interest to the sub-committee, respond to emails regarding the sub-committee’s work, read papers and information in preparation for the meetings. and work with the secretary and sub-committee members to prepare draft responses to consultations, calls for evidence etc. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Carolyn Thurston Smith at carolynthurstonsmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205.

The sub-committees sit under the Regulatory Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. The Regulatory Committee's remit is to set, maintain and enforce standards in the interests of the public and the profession. 

Each Professional Conduct sub-committee is made up of six solicitor members and six non solicitor members, with a solicitor convener. Their role is to determine conduct complaints against Scottish solicitors and also executry and conveyancing practitioners. The sub-committees ensure that conduct complaints are properly considered and appropriately determined. 

The aims and functions of the sub-committee's work are to:-

  • to determine conduct complaints against Scottish solicitors, executry and conveyancing practitioners.
  • to decide if a conduct complaint may amount to professional misconduct and requires to be referred to the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal in terms of Section 51 of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.
  • to decide if a conduct complaint against a Scottish solicitor amounts to unsatisfactory professional conduct in terms of Section 42ZA of the 1980 Act, and in the event that a determination is made to impose appropriate sanctions.
  • to determine whether no action should be taken in relation to a conduct complaints against, Scottish solicitors, executry and conveyancing practitioners.
  • to decide if a conduct complaint against an executry and/or conveyancing practitioner amounts to unsatisfactory professional conduct in terms of Section 20 ZB of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions)(Scotland) Act 1990.

The candidate

  • will be a Scottish solicitor of a minimum of five years standing with an interest in and/or experience of professional regulation and complaint handling
  • will have been a member of a regulatory sub-committee with at least one year’s service
  • will have a knowledge of the Law Society's regulatory functions, and an understanding of the twin duties owed to the profession and the public
  • will have chairing skills, presentation and media skills, time to prepare properly for meetings and
  • will, post meeting, require to review, revise and approve the sub-committee minutes and decisions bearing in mind that these may be scrutinised by the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission or the Court at a later stage
  • will have an awareness of equality and diversity issues which may affect their role
  • will have a commitment to ensuring the highest quality of regulation of the profession
  • may be required to give up another regulatory sub-committee position at the date of appointment, should there be a potential conflict of interest

For further information, interested applicants should contact Ian Ritchie or Wendy Henderson on 0131 476 8168.

Requirements 

The successful candidate will be required to attend and contribute to the monthly sub- committee meetings.  The convener is expected to attend meetings in person, but we recognise that this is not always possible, and audio conference facilities are available to join meetings remotely. The successful candidate will need to dedicate time to reading information in preparation for the meetings and responding to emails regarding committee work. 

The convenership attracts remuneration of £7,500 per annum, and reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses. 

The completed application form should be returned to Ian Ritchie or Wendy Henderson by 5pm on Friday 28 June 2019 by email marked for their attention to reg@lawscot.org.uk.

There are vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members on our Property and Land Law Reform Sub-committee. Our policy committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest. 

Key areas of the Property and Land Law Reform Sub-committee’s work:-

  • review and comment on proposed draft and amended legislation on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland and provide written and oral evidence to parliament on those proposals 
  • consider proposals from the Scottish Government, United Kingdom Government and the European Union institutions in so far as they impact on all aspects of property and land law in Scotland 
  • consider and respond to relevant consultations, calls for evidence etc on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland on matters relating to property and land law in Scotland 
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of property and land law issues in Scotland 
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including Government and public officials as to developments which affect property and land law in Scotland 
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee to members and other stakeholders. 

The candidates 

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to property and land law as well as a strong interest in reforms undertaken by the Scottish Government, UK Government and at a wider international level.

We are looking to recruit new solicitor and non-solicitor members, currently working in private practice, in-house or another relevant role, to join the committee, initially for a three-year term. 

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting four times a year and occasional additional meetings if required.  Audio conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend the meeting in person. Applicants will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings, including consultation documents and responding to emails regarding committee work and to attending occasional meeting with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete the application form and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

We published a new strategy Leading Legal Excellence in 2015.  This included an objective to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society, ensuring our expertise and policy development influences civic society on the rule of law, access to justice, legal issues and the market for legal services. 

To help deliver this element of our strategy, we created a new Public Policy Committee which has the main aim of taking a leadership role in our policy development by pursuing improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal systems through the proactive development of public policy proposals. 

The committee also oversees a network of specialist subject policy sub-committees, helping us to respond effectively to law reform and other policy proposals which come from the Scottish, UK and European institutions, the UK and Scottish Civil Service and other institutions such as the Law Commissions. 

The candidate

We are looking for both a solicitor and a non-solicitor. In addition to meeting this requirement, candidates will: 

  • be committed to delivery of our Leading Legal Excellence strategy
  • have knowledge of Government, public policy and legislative processes,
  • have a general understanding of the legal sector and its organisations (particularly in Scotland),
  • adhere to our code of conduct for committee members and a commitment to our values of respect; openness; progress; integrity and inclusion,
  • have the time to take a full and active part in the work of the committee. 

Requirements

The successful candidate will be required to attend committee meetings which will be held at least every three months. The candidates will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings and occasionally responding to emails regarding committee work. This is a three-year position and travel expenses are reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Mark Smith, marksmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June. For more information about this role, please call Mark Smith on 0131 476 8183.

 

Our committees undertake valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest.

The role of the Regulatory Committee is to oversee our regulatory functions for the benefit of both the public and profession. The committee ensures that standards for the profession are set by making relevant and appropriate rules and examining internal processes, policies and procedures through a number of regulatory sub-committees. The committee also contributes to our overall strategy and helps to promote confidence in the profession and its regulatory regime. 

The committee consists of five solicitor members and five non-solicitor members with a non-solicitor chairperson elected by the committee. There will be a vacancy for one solicitor member of the committee from 1 September 2019. 

Key areas of the committee’s work:-

  • To oversee our regulatory functions;
  • To provide a regulatory perspective on the key strategic issues facing the profession;
  • To review the regulatory powers of relevant sub-committees;
  • To ensure that the internal processes, policies and procedures adopted by the sub-committees are effective, appropriate and proportionate;
  • To report to our Council, Board and wider stakeholder groups on the work of the committee and key regulatory issues;
  • To develop a work plan to carry out the committee’s work. 

The candidate

Applicants must demonstrate background knowledge of the regulatory system for Scottish solicitors or equivalent experience in other similar regulatory fields. The successful candidate will have a common sense approach with an ability to make decisions and have the capacity to absorb a great deal of regulatory information. 

Requirements

The successful candidate will be required to attend committee meetings. There are six committee meetings per year normally with dates scheduled in advance. The candidate will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for meetings and respond to emails regarding the committee’s work. This is a voluntary three-year position with travel expenses reimbursed.

To apply, please download and complete an application form and return it to David Cullen, Registrar at davidcullen@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

There are vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members on our Tax Law Sub-committee. Our policy committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest.

Key areas of the Tax Law Sub-Committee’s work: -

  • review and comment on proposed draft and amended legislation, both relating to the devolved and the reserved taxes, on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland and provide written and oral evidence to parliament on those proposals;
  • consider proposals from the Scottish Government, United Kingdom Government and the European Union institutions in so far as they impact on all aspects of tax law in Scotland;
  • consider and respond to relevant consultations, calls for evidence etc on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland on matters relating to tax law in Scotland;
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of tax law issues in Scotland;
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including Government, Revenue Scotland, public officials and other professional bodies as to developments which affect tax law in Scotland;
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee to members and other stakeholders.

The candidates

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to tax law as well as a strong interest in reforms undertaken by the Scottish Government, UK Government and at a wider international level.

We are looking to recruit new solicitor and non-solicitor members, currently working in private practice, in-house or another relevant role, initially for a three-year term.

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend and contribute to discussions at two-hour committee meetings four times a year and occasional additional meetings if required. Audio conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend meetings in person. Applicants will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for meetings, including consultation documents. Responding to emails regarding committee work and attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders may also be required, and candidates should also be prepared to participate in drafting responses to consultation papers, calls for evidence and similar work of the committee. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

Our standards

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In-house Lawyers Committee convener elections 2019 are now closed. 

The winning candidates are Vlad Valiente and Sheekha Saha standing as co-conveners together

The winning solicitors' personal statements are below. 

Results: 

David Bryson  - 181 votes

Sheekha Saha and Vlad Valiente (elected as co-conveners) -  224 votes

Turnout  12 %

Recently elected committee members

We are putting ourselves forward to you, to co-convene the In-house Lawyers’ Committee (ILC) as a team. 

Together, what we offer you:
  • Significant, combined knowledge and understanding of in-house lawyering (over 30 years between us!)
  • Wide geographical representation
  • Broad and diverse network of in-house connections
  • Combined and balanced decision-making
  • 6+ years on the ILC; 10+ years on the In-house Lawyers Group which preceded the ILC; 13+ years on the Law Society Council - experience of influencing change at the Law Society for the in-house membership
  • Previous In-house Lawyers Rising Star winner
What we want to do for you:
  • Expand outreach to ensure we engage with as many in-house lawyers as possible: to listen to and understand the issues you are facing and what we can do to support and serve you
  • Increase the number of in-house Champions so that all regions and the different types of in-house lawyers are better represented
  • Drive the development of an online networking platform for in-house lawyers to communicate and share information as a sounding board/mutual support
  • Ensure ILC CPD events continue to be of value, free where possible and accessible to all (E.g. video conferencing)

We believe we offer wide-ranging experience, skills and enthusiasm to represent you and ensure in-house lawyers’ interests are recognised and served by the Law Society - and you get double the energy, enthusiasm and commitment!