Sole practitioners

There are more than 600 sole practitioners on the roll and each has their own place in the profession. These pages are the gateway to a variety of sources of information, assistance and communication by, from, among and for sole practitioners.

News and current issues

Networking and CPD

All sole practitioners are welcome to the networking meetings which take place monthly in Glasgow and Edinburgh. CPD is verifiable in relation to the meetings of such groups. If you would like to find out further information or to set up a new group, please contact Laura Malcolm.

2017 Programme of Events
The programme of events for the east and west coast groups in 2017 are now in place. If you have any specific requests please contact Laura Malcolm for talks that would be of interest.


Forthcoming networking meetings:

Wednesday 30 August 2017
5.30pm coffee and registration. Presentation 6.00pm -7.00pm

Topic: Succession planning and exit strategies
Graeme McKinstry of McKinstry Practice Management

Full details of the programme of seminars in Edinburgh are available from the related link. To book your place at any of the Edinburgh meetings, contact Laura Malcolm


Wednesday 30 August  2017
- RFPG Hall @ 5.30 pm   

Topic: The Master Policy - overview to include practical guidance re renewal.
Calum MacLean, Lockton Ltd

For other details and to book your place at any of the Glasgow SPG group meetings (£5 donation requested), contact Paul Carnan.

For details of events so far this year see the Spring 2017 programme for Glasgow meetings, downloadable from the related link


A private discussion forum, available to all sole practitioners but not the general public, is available as a sub-group of the Law Society's LinkedIn Group. Items and events of relevance to sole practitoners are notified here and on the professional support twitter account. Please join up!

Recruitment Guides

One of the recommendations in the Fair Access to the Legal Profession report was that the Society should publish best practice guidance for training organisations on recruitment. This was part of an acknowledgement that how organisations conduct their recruitment processes can have a large impact on fair access to the profession.

We are pleased to have published the guidance and hope that employers find this useful.

Practice support - Locum Register / Find a Locum 

The Law Society's Locum Register is closing at the end of August 2017 having worked for three years in tandem with Lawscotjobs the recruitment website run by the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

From this point on all new enquiries are being directed to Lawscotjobs. All candidates, including potential locums  and firms (recruiters) looking to fill placements can currently register their availability there free of charge.

For further details visit the Locum Register page.


Setting up as a sole practitioner? A summary of the basic information you will need to consider before starting out on your own, along with details of helpful contacts at the Society can be accessed by clicking the related file.

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