What made you pursue a career as a solicitor?
I decided at an early stage in my secondary education that I wanted to pursue a career in the law. I would like to think that I have always had a keen sense of justice and fairness and have been able to apply these values in my professional practice.
Why did you decide to stand for Council?
The opportunity arose and I was motivated strongly to be involved in representing solicitors in my constituency, but also to take an active role in Council policy, consultation and decision making for the benefit of the profession as a whole.
Have your perceptions of the Society changed since you joined the Council?
My perceptions have not altered; I was given excellent advice on joining by some very experienced former Council members and must say that everyone has been most welcoming.
What have been the highlights for you personally?
The insight into the hard work and dedication by all involved has been a highlight for me and has encouraged me to apply and offer my services as a member of the Legal Aid Committee.
What are the main issues that you think Council has to address at the moment?
Council is facing a number of significant issues at the moment and over the coming years with the Legal Services Review consultation process, Brexit and the aim of working for the greater good which was the theme of this year’s Law Society of Scotland annual conference.
What has been the most surprising aspect of your work as a Council member?
No surprises yet…
What are you most looking forward to as part of the Society’s new strategy?
Welcoming all strategies and efforts through which the law can help to ensure equality and diversity in our society.
What’s your top tip for new lawyers?
Celebrate the dedication and professionalism that it means to be a solicitor, but don’t take the responsibility lightly; also the law and the camaraderie it can bring!
What keeps you busy outside of work?
I have always had a keen interest in athletics and try to keep up to date with the sport as much as possible. Other than that, my daughter who is in her third year at Glasgow University studying law always keeps me on my toes!
In this issue
- GDPR: do you need a data protection officer?
- Prospectus to buy into
- From Milngavie to the Middle East
- Devolution after the Brexit hurly burly
- Reading for pleasure
- Opinion: Janys M Scott
- Book reviews
- President's column
- Forward from a landmark year
- People on the move
- Equality: is it practised?
- Alcohol pricing: a measured response?
- Private tenancies: rebalancing or just upheaval?
- Spending means savings: legal aid study
- Too late, too late?
- RebLaw Scotland – join the rebellion
- Sentences: having the last word
- Insolvency and jurisdiction update: stating the obvious?
- When threats are OK
- Enter yet another tenancy
- Rights of the funded
- Registration rejections – more than formalities
- Heritage holder
- Public policy highlights
- Society's first MOOC opens legal learning to all
- Where there's a will...
- Resolution for the new year
- Q & A corner
- A year to accredit
- Dilapidations: the pitfalls
- Scaling the depths
- Equality: a matter of choice?