Please note: The programme is subject to change.

Session one: Essential responsibilities of becoming a partner

Austin Lafferty, Partner and Director, Austin Lafferty Solicitors and Estate Agents;

Elaine Motion, Chairman and Partner, Balfour+Manson

Sharon Brownlee, Financial Compliance Manager, Law Society of Scotland

Delegates will be able to meet and chat with members of Sharon's Financial Compliance team during the break

Session two: Business models
  • Benchmarking you v your peers
  • Loans and cashflow what is the most appropriate funding structure
  • Financial visibility/ clarity who manages the cash?

Scott Foster, Relationship Director, Royal Bank of Scotland

Session three: Workshops - delegates to choose one of the following

Lisette Howlett, Director, Sandler Training

Option 2 includes 30 minutes on 'Technology and the legal profession' and 30 minutes on 'Unconscious bias'

Rob Marrs, Head of Education Policy, Law Society of Scotland;
Elaine MacGlone, Equality and Diversity Manager, Law Society of Scotland

Session four: Adherence to ethical standards and the complaints process

Complaints avoidance and handling are routinely identified by partners as the single most important aspect of partnership. It is therefore vital that all partners understand and adhere to the complaints regime. This includes:

  • Common causes of complaint
  • Complaints process
  • Ethics
  • Professional conduct

Fiona J Robb, Director of Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland;
Gillian Alexander, Senior Solicitor, Law Society of Scotland

In groups discuss and answer these questions – one person will respond of all:

  • What excites you most?
  • Hopes and fears
  • What was the most important and least important parts of today?
  • What was missing today and what you include to prepare next bunch of new partners