Marking mental health days is so much more than a tick-box exercise

Olivia Moore, Careers and Wellbeing Manager at the Law Society of Scotland, discusses how marking mental health days can be an important way for employers to engage staff, break down stigma and raise confidence to speak about mental health issues.

Parents in the pandemic

With parents and carers once again forced to juggle homeschool and work, it's key that firms and organisations understand the issues faced by their employees and for those struggling to know they're not alone. Our Head of Careers & Outreach, Heather McKendrick, shares what we learned from the first lockdown.

Make stress management and resilience-building a priority for 2021

Fiona Chambers works part-time as an employment lawyer and also delivers workplace wellbeing training. In this piece, Fiona gives us twelve steps to take a proactive approach to managing stress and building resilience in the coming year.

Top 10 tips for law students and graduates who are looking for a training contract

Kirsty Lang is a solicitor at Lyons Davidson and a graduate of the 2008 recession. In this piece she offers her tips for students on seeking a traineeship in difficult times.

Journal editorial January 2021

Thoughts on pulling through a gloomy January; the legal aid package and talks; and the impact of the Brexit deal

Advent: Glimmers of light in the season of waiting

This year's Christmas may have been overtaken by the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still light to be found in the darkness of these difficult times, says, Mary Macleod, Solicitor of the Church of the Church of Scotland Law Department.

Christmas: A well-known story

With this year's Christmas celebrations taking on a rather different guise to normal, Michael P. Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland, considers the story at the heart of this Christian festival and the enduring comfort and hope it brings.

The Christian message of Christmas: Make a wonderful life

To celebrate Christmas this year, Jamie Kerr, a Partner at Burness Paull, reflects on the message of hope and redemption that this festive time brings.

UK-EU FTA Negotiations: talks continue but progress is limited

Marcus Corry, EU Internal Market Adviser at the UK Law Societies' Brussels Office, provides an update on the Brexit negotiations in the run up to the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Journal editorial December 2020

Employers should help people find their own best balance between home and office working; Government must recognise the urgency of the crisis in legal aid

2020: In-house Lawyers Committee

Sheekha Saha and Vlad Valiente, Co-conveners of the In-house Lawyers Committee round up the committee’s key priorities and achievements of 2020.

Wellbeing in the winter: how to support your teams

Emma Smith, HR Business Partner at Burness Paull LLP and member of the Lawscot Wellbeing steering group, shares some seasonal tips for employers on how to support staff wellbeing.