There are currently vacancies across a wide range of our committees and accreditation panels, including two convener posts.

 

This is a terrific opportunity to be involved in our law reform work, policy development and regulatory decision making. Joining a committee also presents an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to learn new skills.

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

 

For further information on the posts available, please see the current committee vacancy adverts below.

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Current vacancies

Vacancy for up to four solicitor or non-solicitor members

The Public Policy sub-committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and promoting the public interest. The Law Society’s strategy, Leading Legal Excellence, aims to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society by representing the views of solicitors and the clients they serve. 

The role of the Access to Justice committee is to consider and recommend changes around access to justice in Scotland. Recent issues considered by the committee have included the promotion of pro bono, the role of ADR in the justice system, reforms to simple procedure, the role of technology in supporting people to access information and support for people with disability in the justice system. 

The sub-committee is made up of twelve members, up to half of whom can be non-solicitor members, with the convener being appointed by the Nominations Committee. The sub-committee meets around seven times annually. 

This sub-committee is now seeking members for a three-year term. There are vacancies for up to two solicitor or non-solicitor members of the sub-committee. 

Key areas of the sub-committee’s work
  • to respond to any consultations, legislative or policy proposals involving access to justice issues
  • to proactively suggest reforms that could be implemented to improve access to justice
  • to engage with and influence key stakeholders around beneficial reforms
The candidates

Candidates will have:

  • an appreciation of access to justice issues for people in Scotland, whether gained from practice as a solicitor or through wider experience
  • some experience either of tribunal actions, ombuds processes or public body decision-making
  • an understanding of the equality and human rights landscape in which access to justice is provided in Scotland
  • applications from NQ solicitors are particularly welcomed 
Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend the committee’s meetings, either in person or by audio or videoconference facilities. The candidates will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and accessing background information in preparation for the meetings and responding to emails regarding committee work (for example, by contributing their comments to draft consultation responses). This is a three-year position and travel expenses are reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the our Head of Policy, Andrew Alexander andrewalexander@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Andrew Alexander on 0131 226 8886. 

Vacancies for solicitor members/accredited paralegals of the Accredited Paralegal Committee

The Accredited Paralegal Committee reports directly to our Board. 

The role of the committee is primarily to take decisions in response to applications for entry to the accredited paralegal status. 

The committee currently comprises of 2 solicitor members, 2 accredited paralegals and 1 non-solicitor member. 

Key areas of the committee's work are:
  • to take decisions in response to applications for entry to the scheme
  • to approve any new practice areas
  • adjust any Practice Area as may be appropriate.
  • to set CPD policy for Trainee Accredited Paralegals and Accredited Paralegals 

This committee is now seeking solicitor/accredited paralegal members for a three year term. We are particularly interested in applications from those working in-house. 

Candidates will have:
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the committee
  • the time necessary to take a full and active part in the work of the committee
Requirements 

The successful candidates are required to attend quarterly committee meetings at our offices in Edinburgh which currently take place midweek at lunchtime. The candidates will occasionally 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 the Society’s Accredited Paralegal Committee Secretary, Janet Rieu-Clarke (janetrieu-clarke@lawscot.org.uk) by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Janet Rieu-Clarke on 0131 476 8352.

Vacancy for up to up to three solicitor or non-solicitor members

The Public Policy sub-committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and promoting the public interest. The Law Society’s strategy, Leading Legal Excellence, aims to influence the creation of a fairer and more just society by representing the views of solicitors and the clients they serve. 

The role of the Administrative Justice sub-committee is to consider and recommend changes around administrative justice in Scotland, from tribunals to ombudsman services to public body decision-making. Recent work has included scrutiny of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, tribunal reform, the reviews of Windrush and PIP decision-making, benefit sanctions and the impact of technology. 

The sub-committee is made up of ten members, up to half of whom can be non-solicitor members, with the convener being appointed by the Nominations Committee. The sub-committee meets around once every two months.

This sub-committee is now seeking members for the three-year term. There are vacancies for up to two solicitor or non-solicitor members of the sub-committee. 

Key areas of the sub-committee’s work
  • to respond to any consultations involving changes to the administrative justice landscape in Scotland
  • to respond to any legislative or regulatory proposals involving tribunal reform
  • to consider concerns emerging from day-to-day administrative justice practice or and make recommendations in relation to changes to administrative justice law and/or practice which would help to address these
The candidates

Candidates will have: 

  • awareness of administrative justice issues in Scotland
  • some experience either of tribunal actions, ombudsman processes or public body decision-making
  • an understanding of the equality and human rights landscape in which administrative justice decisions are taken 
Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend the sub-committee’s meetings, either in person or by audio or video conference facilities. The candidates will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and accessing background information in preparation for the meetings; and responding to emails regarding committee work (for example, by contributing their comments to draft consultation responses). This is a three-year position and travel expenses are reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the Head of Policy, Andrew Alexander andrewalexander@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Andrew Alexander on 0131 226 8886. 

Vacancy for non-solicitor members

The role of the Admissions sub-committee is to protect the public interest by overseeing the training and admission of solicitors and to consider complex individual cases relating to this.

The sub-committee is made up of five solicitor members and five non-solicitor members and is currently convened by a solicitor. The sub-committee meets 12 times a year on the first Thursday of each month. 

This sub-committee is now seeking members for the three year term from 1 November 2018 to 1 November 2021. There are two vacancies for non-solicitor members. 

Key areas of the sub-committee’s work
  • to ensure that all of those who wish to become solicitors in Scotland are fit and proper to do so
  • to ensure in an open, transparent and fair way that those applying for entry into the profession comply with the published guidance and rules
  • to support and encourage the provision of traineeships in Scotland
  • to investigate properly any concerns raised in relation to the treatment of trainees or quality of training
The candidate

Candidates will:

  • be committed to ensuring high quality of training of solicitors in Scotland
  • be committed to ensuring a high calibre of applicant to the profession
  • be able to deal with confidential and sensitive matters appropriately
  • have a general understanding of the legal sector and its organisations (particularly in Scotland)
  • adhere to the Society’s code of conduct for committee members and a commitment to the Law Society 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 candidates will be expected to attend the monthly sub-committee meetings. They will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings and occasionally respond to emails between meetings. This is a three-year position and travel expenses are reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the Head of Admissions, Katie Wood katiewood@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Katie Wood on 0131 476 8162.

Vacancy for one solicitor member and one non-solicitor member

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

The Audit Committee is one of the key governance committees of the 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 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 the both the internal and external audit work of the Society
  • to consider, monitor and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Society’s risk management and reporting systems
  • to review and challenge, where necessary, the actions and judgments of the Society’s executive. Office bearers, Council and committee members in relation to all of the Society’s financial activities
  • to review and make recommendations on the Society’s internal control and risk management procedures
  • to review and comment on the Society’s annual financial statements and oversee the Society’s 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 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 Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call David Cullen on 0131 476 8160 or email davidcullen@lawscot.org.uk.

Convener vacancy

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 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 banking, company and/or 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 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 Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205. 

Our committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest. We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated solicitors and non-solicitors to join our Banking, Company and Insolvency Law sub-committee. 

Key areas of the Banking, Company & Insolvency 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 banking, company and insolvency 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 banking, company and insolvency law in Scotland
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of banking, company and insolvency law issues in Scotland
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including Government and public officials as to developments which affect banking, company and insolvency law in Scotland
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee in the media. 
The candidate

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to banking, company and/or insolvency law (including bankruptcy) 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 or non-solicitor members, currently working in private practice, in-house or another relevant role, to join the committee.

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 Carolyn Thurston Smith at carolynthurstonsmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205.

Vacancies for panel members

The Society's specialist accreditation scheme was established in 1990. The exceptional quality and skill of accredited specialists under the scheme is recognised throughout Scotland.  Nearly 600 solicitors are accredited specialists. 

The 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. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts. Each panel is made up of 6 to 8 members, with one member acting as the convener. The panel considers applications for first accreditation, and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panel is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel is unable to reach a decision on an application the convener may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate 

Ideally you should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • have an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of Child Law, as a practitioner (eg a solicitor or advocate)
  • 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 Child Law Specialist Accreditation panel
  • if applying as solicitor, be accredited as a specialist in this field
Requirements

The successful candidate is required to:  

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as specialists in Child Law on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 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 Monday 1 October 2018 to Elaine MacGlone, Secretary to the Specialist Accreditation Panels at elainemacglone@lawscot.org.uk.

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

Vacancy for a non-solicitor member

We are the professional body and regulator of Scottish solicitors. Various areas of regulation for the Society are conducted through a number of sub-committees, one of which is the Civil Legal Assistance Quality Assurance Committee (QAC). 

The QAC was created as part of the Quality Assurance Scheme in 2003, and is responsible for monitoring the work carried out by firms offering Civil Legal Assistance. 

Since that time, the committee has established and supervised the peer review process on behalf of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland. The committee consists of ten members – five solicitors and five non-solicitors. 

The work of a committee member involves reading the Committee papers and attending the Committee meetings which are held in the Society’s offices in Edinburgh normally in the late afternoon on the first Thursday of each month. Membership of the committee is unpaid, but all reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. 

The time commitment to the work involves approximately 4 hours per month, plus any travelling time to Edinburgh. The appointment will be for a three year period and training will be provided. 

Ideally, applicants should have an interest in quality assurance and/or Scots Law. Previous experience of committee work in either the private or public sector would also be advantageous. 

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Hannah Sayers hannahsayers@lawscot.org.uk, Quality Assurance Administrator by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please email the convener, Clair McLachlan, at cm@russellsgm.co.uk.

Vacancy for a solicitor member

Our Public Policy sub-committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law and legal practice. The work of the Public Policy sub-committees is diverse, challenging, informative and interesting.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated solicitor member to join our Constitutional 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 that of 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 successful candidate 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 proposals for constitutional law reform and other public policy proposals which come from the Scottish, UK and European institutions 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 to fulfil its role
The candidate

Candidates will have background knowledge of the scope and framework of constitutional law in Scotland and the UK. Candidates should also demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of the Society’s strategy, “Leading Legal Excellence”.

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting every other month 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. This is a voluntary position with travel expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to our Director of Law Reform, Michael Clancy at michaelclancy@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Michael Clancy on 0131 476 8163.

Vacancies for solicitor members

These opportunities are specifically for solicitors with criminal law and court experience, either in private practice or in-house. We would encourage solicitors with less than three years’ post qualification experience to apply. 

The new members will assist with the many responses to UK and Scottish Government consultations and legislation in which the sub-committee is involved. The committee’s focus is on criminal law, evidence and procedure. Recent work has included responding to the UK Government on post legislative scrutiny of the Bribery Act 2010 and Scottish Government on Age of Criminal Responsibility (S) Bill and Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) Bill and consultation on the Appropriate Adult scheme. 

The committee has 19 members including in-house solicitors as well as those representing academic and defence. 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 2018 - 2021. 

The committee meets up to ten 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 UK legal system
  • to respond effectively to reform consultations that emanate from the Scottish and UK Government; and
  • to engage with the UK and Scottish Government in relation to areas of rriminal law reform. 
The candidate

Candidates will have: 

  • an interest, enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of Scottish criminal 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 criminal law, evidence and procedures; and
  • the time commitment to undertake this role.
Requirements

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

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the gillianmawdsley@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Gillian Mawdsley secretary to the committee on 01314768206.

Vacancies for solicitor members

The vacancies are specifically for solicitors with energy law experience, whether in private practice or in-house. We are looking for variety of applicants ranging from experienced solicitors to those with less than three years’ post qualification experience. 

The new members will assist with the many responses to UK and Scottish Government consultations and legislation in which the sub-committee is involved. The committee’s focus is on energy law[1] 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. 

Some of our recent work includes a response to the UK Government on the future of the oil and gas industry and to the Scottish Government on the Renewables Obligations.

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 2018- 2021. 

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; and
  • 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; and
  • 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 respond to emails regarding committee work.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the gillianmawdsley@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please call Gillian Mawdsley secretary to the Committee on 0131 476 8206

[1] renewables, wind, hydro, waste to energy, biomass, oil and gas 

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members 

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Environmental 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 our strategy, particularly around 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.

This committee is now seeking solicitor and non-solicitor members, initially for a three year term. Applications from those working in the public sector would be particularly welcome.

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 our members in order to fulfil its role
Candidates will have:
  • a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for this area of work
  • a commitment to the delivery of our strategy, “Leading Legal Excellence”
  • Knowledge and experience of the law and practice in relation to environmental matters in Scotland
Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend quarterly committee meetings and occasional additional meetings as required. Audio/video conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend the meetings in person. Applicants will also need to dedicate time to reading papers and information in preparation for the meetings, including consultation documents, responding to emails regarding committee work including to contribute views, and attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete a member application form which can be found at the top of this page and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

Vacancy for solicitor or non-solicitor panel member         

Our specialist accreditation scheme was established in 1990. The exceptional quality and skill of accredited specialists under the scheme is recognised throughout Scotland.

Nearly 600 solicitors are accredited specialists. 

The 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. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts, each of which is made up of six to eight members, with one member acting as the convener. The panel consider applications for first accreditation, and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panel is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel are unable to reach a decision on an application, the convener may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate 

You should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of environmental law either as a practitioner (e.g. as a solicitor or an advocate); or in another capacity (e.g. a regulator or academic). 
  • an ability 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. 
  • an ability to consider each application independently, and to a specific deadline. 
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the environmental law specialist accreditation panel 
  • if you are applying as a solicitor, you should already be accredited as a specialist in this field or otherwise meet the criteria for accreditation
Requirements

The successful candidate is required to: 

  • consider applications from solicitors to become accredited as specialists in environmental law on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 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 and any 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 Monday 1 October 2018 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 of on 0131 226 8887.

Vacancy for solicitor or non-solicitor convener  

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to convene our Equalities 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 our strategy, particularly in 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 our 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 our members in order to fulfil its role
The convener

The convener can be a solicitor or non-solicitor but should have significant experience in equalities law and policy in Scotland. The successful candidate should demonstrate a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for equalities 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 tour 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 Marina Sinclair-Chin at marinasinclair-chin@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Marina Sinclair-Chin on 0131 476 8136.

The Law Society's Public Policy Sub-committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law and legal practice. The work of the Public Policy Sub-committees is diverse, challenging, informative and interesting.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated lay and solicitor members to join our Equalities 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.

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 candidate

Candidates will have background knowledge of the scope, statutory and regulatory framework of equalities law in Scotland.

Applications from solicitors with up to three years PQE would be particularly welcomed.

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting every quarter and occasional additional meetings if needed. Audio or video 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. This is a voluntary position with travel expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Marina Sinclair-Chin at marinasinclair-chin@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018   For more information about this role, please contact Marina Sinclair-Chin on 0131 476 8136.

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated solicitors and non-solicitors to join our Health and Medical Law Sub-committee. The sub-committee reports to the Public Policy Committee which has an overarching duty to ensure that through engagement in the law reform and policy process, we our statutory objectives to promote the interests of both the solicitor profession and the public.

Key areas of the sub-committee’s work are to;
  • pursue improvements to the law and the Scottish and UK legal systems through the proactive development of public policy proposals
  • respond effectively to health 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 our members in order to fulfil its role 
The candidate

Candidates will have a working knowledge and experience of health and medical law matters in Scotland. Applications will be particularly welcome from those with a medical research background and from members of the health care professions. 

Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting every quarter and occasional additional meetings as required. Audio / video conference facilities are available for those who cannot attend the meetings 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 an application form and return it to Brian Simpson, briansimpson@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Brian Simpson on 0131 476 8184

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor panel members

This is a newly established specialism, and these vacancies present an exciting opportunity for you to become involved at the very start of the work of the panel to help establish an independent, dedicated and hardworking panel. 

There are six vacancies for panel members from whom the panel, once appointed, will nominate one of their number to act as convener.  

Our specialist accreditation scheme was established in 1990. The exceptional quality and skill of accredited specialists under the scheme is recognised throughout Scotland. This is a new category for accreditation and the criteria for application can be found here: Housing and Residential Tenancy Law 

Nearly 600 solicitors are accredited specialists. 

The 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. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts, with each panel is made up of 6 to 8 members, with one member acting as the convener. The panel consider applications for first accreditation and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panel is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel are unable to reach a conclusion on an application the convener may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate 

Ideally you should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of housing and residential leasing law, either as a practitioner (eg a solicitor, advocate) or in another professional capacity (eg a regulator, sheriff, tribunal panel member or chair etc)
  • an ability 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.
  • an ability to consider each application independently, and to a specific deadline.
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the housing and residential leasing law specialist accreditation panel
  • for solicitor applicants, that their experience in the area of work would also meet the criteria for accreditation if they chose to apply. You may wish to note that panel members are not barred from applying for accreditation themselves.
Requirements

The successful candidates are required to: 

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as specialists in the housing and residential leasing law on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 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 operational rules for accreditation panels.

The panel convener has additional responsibilities to

  • respond to any correspondence regarding complex cases timeously and may be expected to make a final decision on any matter.
  • provide a casting score where the number of passing score sheets equals the number of failing score sheets or decisions where the difference between the number of passing scores and the number of failing scores is one
  • decide whether to call for a meeting of the panel 
  • consider extensions of time of an accreditation period beyond three months.
  • decide whether to invite the applicant to an interview
  • pursue score sheets not received within the required time.

Training will be provided to support you in assessing your first application. The work of the panel is supported by two of our dedicated staff who will work closely with you in your panel work.

To apply please download an application form and return by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018 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.

Candidates will:

  • be enrolled solicitors currently employed by COPFS
  • have more than 10 years PQE
  • demonstrate (a) a passion for promoting and supporting the in-house community; and (b) the ability to commit time and resource to committee business. 

Interested applicants should contact David Harvie at PSCECA@copfs.gsi.gov.uk to discuss applying for this vacancy

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 we understand and serve 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 – you will work with our operational staff to help deliver a programme of events and CPD tailored to in-house lawyers.
  • Information – you will assist in the production of relevant content for in-house lawyers in The Journal, and information for our online communication channels.
  • Regulation – you will discuss and comment on proposed legislation and respond to consultation papers involving matters affecting in-house solicitors.
  • Networking and relationships – you will attend external events and meetings to build relationships and bench-mark with in-house solicitors.
  • The next generation – you will promote quality in-house training programmes for trainee solicitors and in-house careers to school pupils and university students. 

Requirements:

There are up to 10 meetings per year of the In-house Lawyers’ Committee. 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 sub-groups within the committee.  The sub-groups 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.

To apply 

The completed application form should be returned to ILC Secretary Beth Anderson by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information call Beth on 0131 476 8132 or email bethanderson@lawscot.org.uk

Vacancies for solicitor and advocate members         

Our specialist accreditation scheme was established in 1990. The exceptional quality and skill of accredited specialists under the scheme is recognised throughout Scotland. Nearly 600 solicitors are accredited specialists. 

The 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. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts, each of which is made up of six to eight members, with one member acting as the convener. The panel consider applications for first accreditation, and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panels is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel are unable to reach a decision on an application the convener may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate

You should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of both personal and corporate insolvency law and practice as a solicitor or an advocate
  • an ability 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
  • an ability to consider each application independently, and to a specific deadline
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the Insolvency Law specialist accreditation panel 
  • accreditation as a specialist in this field or otherwise meet the criteria for accreditation
Requirements

The successful candidate is required to:

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as specialists in Insolvency law on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email.
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 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 Monday 1 October 2018 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 on 0131 226 8887.

Vacancies for panel members

Our specialist accreditation scheme was established in 1990. The exceptional quality and skill of accredited specialists under the scheme is recognised throughout Scotland. Almost 600 solicitors are accredited specialists. 

The 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. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts. Each panel is made up of six to eight members, with one member acting as the convener. The panel considers applications for first accreditation, and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panel is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel is unable to reach a decision on an application the convener may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate

Ideally you should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • have an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of Intellectual Property Law, as a practitioner (eg a solicitor or advocate), or in some other capacity (eg a patent attorney, an academic)
  • 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 Intellectual Property Law Specialist Accreditation panel. 
  • if applying as solicitor, either already be accredited as a specialist in this field or otherwise meet the criteria for accreditation
Requirements

The successful candidate is required to: 

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as specialists in Intellectual Property Law on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email.
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 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 Monday 1 October 2018 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.

Vacancy for solicitor members

Our 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 IP Law sub-committee’s work: 
  • review and comment on proposed draft and amended legislation on behalf of the Law Society and provide written and oral evidence to parliament on those proposals
  • consider proposals from the Scottish Government, UK Government and EU institutions in so far as they impact on all aspects of IP law in Scotland
  • consider and respond to relevant consultations, calls for evidence etc. on behalf of the Law Society on matters relating to IP law in Scotland
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of IP law issues in Scotland
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including government and public officials as to developments which affect IP law in Scotland
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee in the media
The candidate

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to IP 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 members, currently working in private practice or a relevant in-house role, to join the committee. We would also be particularly interested to receive applications from solicitors with experience of fintech, civtech or legal tech.

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 Carolyn Thurston Smith at carolynthurstonsmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205.

Vacancy for solicitor members

The Legal Aid Committee, through the work of the civil and criminal legal aid teams, works to develop the Law Society's position on matters relating to the legal aid system and the relationship between solicitors and the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB). The committee represents the Society in meetings with stakeholders including the Scottish Government and SLAB, as well as local faculties and individual members as required.

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

Key areas of the committee's work:
  • represent the Law Society in discussions with Scottish Government, SLAB and others
  • engage with members and with relevant organisations about legal aid
  • to communicate effectively the Law Society's work on legal aid
  • respond on behalf of the Law Society to government and SLAB consultations
  • scrutinise and comment on policy within the Law Society
Criteria

Candidates must be registered civil legal aid practitioners of at least three years standing, with knowledge of the procedures operated by SLAB and the regulations and legislation on legal aid. Candidates should also have an understanding of the aims and objectives of the Law Society in its legal aid work, a willingness to engage with its members to communicate the work of the legal aid committee and to understand the concerns of members in this area, and an appreciation of access to justice issues.

Requirements

The successful candidates are required to attend meetings of the team as well as of the full committee. The number of team meetings will vary, though can be expected a minimum of quarterly, and may be required at short notice. Meetings typically take place in Edinburgh in late afternoon or early evening and audio or video conferencing options are available. The candidates 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 position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to Marina Sinclair-Chin at marinasinclair-chin@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Marina Sinclair-Chin on 0131 476 8136.

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Marine 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 around 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.

This committee is now seeking solicitor and non-solicitor members, initially for a three year term. Applications from solicitors with up to three years PQE would be particularly welcomed.

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
Candidates will have:
  • a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for this area of work
  • a commitment to the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, Leading Legal Excellence
  • knowledge and experience of marine law and practice
Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend quarterly committee meetings and occasional additional meetings if required. Audio/video 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, responding to emails regarding committee work, and attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete a member application form which can be found to the right of this page and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Planning 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 around 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.

This committee is now seeking solicitor and non-solicitor members, initially for a three year term. Applications from those working in the public sector would be particularly welcomed.

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
Candidates will have:
  • a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for this area of work
  • a commitment to the delivery of the Law Society’s strategy, Leading Legal Excellence
  • knowledge and experience of the law and practice in relation to planning matters
Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend quarterly committee meetings and occasional additional meetings if required. Audio/video 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, responding to emails regarding committee work including to contribute views, and attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete a member application form which can be found to the right of this page and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

Our committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law, legal practice and protecting the public interest. We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated solicitors and non-solicitors to join our Privacy Law Sub-Committee. 

Key areas of the Privacy Law Committee’s work: 
  • review and comment on proposed draft and amended legislation on behalf of the Law Society and provide written and oral evidence to parliament on those proposals. 
  • consider proposals from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the EU institutions in so far as they impact on all aspects of privacy law in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 
  • consider and respond to relevant consultations, calls for evidence etc. on behalf of the Law Society on matters relating to privacy law in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 
  • monitor and keep under review developments in all aspects of privacy law issues in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 
  • engage in discussions with external third parties including government and public officials as to developments which affect privacy law in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 
  • helping to communicate the work of the committee in the media. 
The candidate

Candidates will have experience of the legislative, regulatory and policy framework relating to privacy 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 or non-solicitor members, currently working in private practice, in-house or another relevant role, to join the committee. We would also be particularly interested to receive applications those working as DPOs or with an interest in electronic communications and the policy issues addressed in the proposal for a revised ePrivacy Regulation.

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 Carolyn Thurston Smith at carolynthurstonsmith@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.  For more information about this role, please contact Carolyn Thurston Smith on 0131 476 8205.

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Property and Land Law Reform 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 around 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.

This committee is now seeking solicitor and non-solicitor members, initially for a three year term. Applications from solicitors with up to three years PQE would be particularly welcomed.

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
Candidates will have:
  • a genuine commitment to and enthusiasm for this area of work
  • a commitment to the delivery of the Society’s strategy, “Leading Legal Excellence”
  • knowledge and experience of the law and practice in relation to property and land matters
Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend quarterly committee meetings and occasional additional meetings if required. Audio/video 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, responding to emails regarding committee work including to contribute views, and attending occasional meetings with third party stakeholders. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete a member application form which can be found to the right of this page and return it to Alison McNab at AlisonMcNab@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact Alison McNab on 0131 476 8109 or by email.

Vacancy for a non-solicitor member

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

The Regulatory Committee’s role is to oversee the regulatory function of the Law Society 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 the Society’s overall strategy helps to promote confidence in the profession and its regulatory regime. 

The committee is made up 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 non-solicitor member of the committee from 1 January 2019. 

Key areas of the committee’s work:
  • to oversee the regulatory functions of the Law Society
  • to provide a regulatory perspective on the key strategic issues facing the Law Society
  • to review the regulatory powers and remits 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 the Council, Board and wider stakeholder groups on the work of the committee and key regulatory issues
  • to institute a work plan to carry out the committee’s work 
The candidate

Applicant 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 is required to attend Committee meetings. There are six of these 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 (email of davidcullen@lawscot.org.uk ) at the Law Society of Scotland by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

Vacancy for two non-solicitor members

The Regulatory sub-committees of the Law Society of Scotland carry out 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 Rights of Audience Sub-committee is to carry out the functions of the Council relating to the granting of extended rights of audience to solicitors in terms of the S25A of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980. 

The sub-committee is made up of five solicitor members and five non-solicitor members with the convener being appointed by the Nominations Committee. Of the five solicitor members, a minimum of three must be solicitor advocates. The sub-committee meets several times a year to consider applications for Rights of Audience and other matters pertinent to exercising the functions under S25A. 

This sub-committee is seeking two members for the three year term from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022. 

Key areas of the Sub-committee’s work 
  • to carry out the functions of the Council relating to extended rights of audience as set out in s25A of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 and relevant Practice Rules.
The candidate

Candidates will be: 

  • committed to ensuring high quality of solicitors advocates in Scotland
  • willing to listen to and learn from other committee members
  • aware of equality and diversity issues which may affect their role
  • knowledgeable of the legal profession 
Candidates will have 
  • an understanding of the aims and objectives of the Society as a regulatory body and membership organisation
  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the Sub-committee
  • willingness to (occasionally) meet outside normal office hours or short notice
  • access to email on a confidential basis 
Requirements

The successful candidates will be required to attend the sub-committee meetings. 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 soniagentile-mills@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information about this role, please contact the Rights of Audience Sub-committee secretary Sonia Gentile-Mills on 0131 226 8880 or visit www.lawscot.org.uk/committeevacancies

Vacancies for solicitor and non-solicitor members

 The Rules, Waivers and Guidance Sub-Committee ('RWGSC') is one of 12 regulatory sub-committees, those being sub-committees of the Regulatory Committee of the Council, which arranges for the exercise of the Council’s regulatory functions.

The regulatory sub-committees of the Law Society of Scotland carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with legal practice and protecting the public interest. 

The role of RWGSC is essentially to carry out the functions of the Council relating to certain of the Society’s practice rules. 

The sub-committee comprises five solicitor members and five non-solicitor members with the convener being appointed by the Nominations Committee. The sub-committee meets up to 12 times a year on the first Thursday of each month, dependent on there being sufficient business. At present RWGSC is trialling meetings being scheduled for every second month, with urgent business being considered by email and conference call.  Further meetings may be scheduled to consider work on certain projects, as needed. 

The sub-committee is seeking non- solicitor and solicitor members for a three year term. 

Key areas of the sub-committee’s work include:
  • considering and developing proposals to amend certain regulatory requirements, in accordance with the Society’s obligations to promote the regulatory objectives and aim to adopt best regulatory practice;
  • approving the issue and amendment of Guidance in relation to certain practice rules and areas of legal work;
  • considering and determining applications for waiver of certain practice rule requirements, including, for example, specific requirements of the rules on conflict of interest.
The candidates

Candidates will be: 

  • committed to acting to promote regulatory objectives and best regulatory practice;
  • willing to listen to and learn from other sub-committee members;
  • aware of equality and diversity issues which may affect their role;
  • knowledgeable of the legal profession and/or have experience of the legal profession as a consumer. 
Requirements

Successful applicants are required to attend a two-hour meeting, on average, every four to eight weeks 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 and responding to emails regarding sub-committee work. This is a voluntary position with travel and expenses reimbursed.

To apply, download and complete an application form and return it to the Secretary to RWGSC at secrwgsc@lawscot.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

For more information about this role, please call Samantha Hollywood on 0131 226 8890. 

Opportunities for influence and development on our committees

Solicitors and non-solicitors have the opportunity to get involved with the work of the Law Society of Scotland, influencing decisions affecting the Scottish legal profession and helping to shape good law.

Work with us

Our colleagues are our greatest asset and we invest in them through learning and development, the promotion of a work life balance and a culture supported by our values.

Law Society of Scotland Council 2017/18

Who we are

Information about the different groups that make up our governance structure and their individual members.

Our standards

We aim to provide a high level of service to all those who depend on our services and with whom we interact.