Returning to study – it's worth taking the plunge

Matt McPherson will soon be commencing his traineeship with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. He's shared his thoughts about the challenges and benefits of pursuing law as a mature-age student.

Some extra guidance for training managers

We recently launched two surveys aimed at better understanding the training process and where things could possibly be improved. This blog is a nod in the direction of travel.

The student summer switch-off

Olivia Moore, Careers & Wellbeing Manager at the Law Society of Scotland, reflects on how focusing on wellbeing during the summer break can be an essential career-development strategy for law students.

Chinese underground banking – Money laundering risks, and potential exploitation of legal services by organised crime

We recently published an updated Scottish sectoral AML risk assessment, which included information on clients and business matters with links to higher risk jurisdictions, which currently include China.

Journal editorial June 2022: The big freeze

The announced freeze on spending in the justice sector will worsen the existing crisis, and something will have to give

International trade deals post-Brexit: What opportunities do they present for the profession?

Our Head of International, Adam Marks, provides an update on international trade deals following the UK's exit from the EU and the opportunities these may present for the profession.

Alex Ruck Keene Congress, Capacity and QR codes

Alex Ruck Keene QC (Hon) shares his thoughts (and a QR code) in advance of his presentation at the World Congress on Adult Capacity in Edinburgh on Tuesday 7-Thursday 9 June 2022.

Treading your own path: trying to secure a summer placement

Third-year law student Harley Kirk shares her experience of the difficulties securing a summer placement, and reminds other students to not compare their experiences to others.

Journal editorial May 2022: Ball in their court

There could at last be public sympathy for action taken by legal aid lawyers in support of their campaign for adequate rates

Stuart Murdoch: What being a Rising Star Award winner means to me

Stuart Murdoch, now a Partner at DLA Piper, won the In-house Lawyers Committee’s first ever In-house Rising Star Award in 2013. We speak to him about what it meant to win the award, and why recognising talent in the legal profession has never been more important.

Why is the protection of Intellectual Property rights so important?

Gavin Davies, Secretary to the Law Society of Scotland Policy Intellectual Property Sub-Committee reflects on the importance of properly protecting Intellectual Property rights and explores the wide-ranging impacts of their infringement.

Managing your stress through mindfulness

In the final blog of our series for Stress Awareness Month, Ashleigh Halpin, HR and Mindfulness consultant, offers an insight into mindfulness and how it can help with stress.