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 us.

Networking seminars


Law Society offices, Atria One, 144 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EX: 5.30pm coffee and registration. Presentation 6.00pm - 7.00pm


RFPG Hall, 12 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G2 1BT @ 5.30 pm   


Full details of the programme of seminars in Edinburgh and Glasgow are available from the table below.
To book your place at any of the Edinburgh meetings, contact us and to book your place at any of the Glasgow SPG group meetings (£5 donation requested), contact Paul Carnan


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 practitioners are notified here and on the High Street Solicitors twitter account. Please join up!

Practice support

Locum working. The Society's recruitment website LawScotJobs currently offers free advertisement of locum positions by sole practitioners.  If you are taking a break or need assistance at short notice, register the position you wish to fill  as a recruiter. Candidates can register for free and sign up to receive automatic email alerts of suitable positions. Full information about finding a Locum or working as a Locum  is available from the Find a Locum 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 can be obtained from the Registrar team. The team is happy to talk through your own circumstances and ideas, as every situation and solution may be unique.


2017 Programme of Events

The programme of events for the east and west coast groups in 2017 are set out below. If you have any specific requests please get in touch for talks that would be of interest.

Sole Practitioners' Seminars 2017-18
  • Date                                Speaker                                                    Topic

  • 15 Feb                  Tony McGrade, McGrade & co                           Employment Law update

  • 29 March               Derek Hand, First Scottish                                 Land Registration etc Act 2012

  • 26 April                  James Ness, LSS                                             How to get best out of your Smartcard

  • 31 May
    Joint in Glasgow    Graeme McKinstry                                             Achieving Business Growth

  • 28 June                  Phoebe Bolton, Altis                                          Demonstration of Altis in action

  • 26 July                   Neale Tosh & Monica Ross, Brodies                  Sheriff Court: Simple Procedure

  • 30 Aug                   Graeme McKinstry                                              Succession planning & exit strategies

  • 27 Sept                  Calum MacLean, Lockton                                     Risk Management update

  • 18 Oct                    Stirling Park speakers                                        Practicalities of exercising diligence

  • 22 Nov
    Joint in Edin.          Russell Eadie,Prof Prac, LSS                          Cyber-security guidance and hot topics update                                      

  • No December meeting  


  • 10 Jan                     Brodies speakers                                               Contract Law update

            Date                               Speaker                                                     Topic

  • 10 Jan                 Scott Cochrane, Brodies                                   Divorcing Business Partners


  • 8 Feb                  Stephen Vallance, Harper Macleod                   How to get more out of your day, your business and your people


  • 21 March            Chris Jones, Hastie Stable                                Prescription and the law – a practical overview 


  •  28 June             Various members                                               Open Mic Night: a chance to share expertise & learn from colleagues



  • 30 August          Calum MacLean, Lockton                                    The Master Policy: Overview inc. practical guidance re renewal.


  • 5 October           Alison Atack, Vice President, LSS                 Informal discussion: update on the work of LSS & topical issues


  • 8 November      Neale Tosh & Monica Ross, Brodies                        Sheriff Court: Simple Procedure/ Sheriff Appeal Court rules


  • 12 December     Alison Fitzsimons, Tilney and
  •                            Stephen Vallance, HM Connect                              Retirement planning: everything you wanted to know...

Sole and high street practitioners' conference 2018

Saturday 29 September 2018 | Dundee
Our annual sole and high street practitioners' conference returns with a comprehensive guide on how to future proof your firm and breakout sessions focusing on your areas of practice.