Journal editorial April 2022: Wanted!

Competition in legal recruitment is creating issues for smaller firms, and increasing the pay gap between defence lawyers and the rest

When personal trauma meets workplace stress

In the second of our blogs to mark Stress Awareness Month, Laura Meldrum discusses how her traumatic personal circumstances also presented challenges at work.

Don't let your stress bucket overflow

To mark Stress Awareness Month this April, a number of our members will be sharing their wisdom and experiences of stress, including the causes and strategies to deal with it. In the first of the series Catherine Hart, Partner at Digby Brown, explains how using the stress bucket metaphor has helped her manage it.

Being faith-friendly: an Employer's guide to Ramadhan

As we approach the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, here's some suggestions on how employers should prepare to support employees who wish to observe it, and indeed religious festivals generally.

VAT on Disbursements

VAT is a complex and constantly changing tax and within the legal sector is one of the most challenging areas - VAT on disbursements. The team at the AAB Group clarify why confusion exists and the how to make the right decision when posting disbursements to your ledgers.

Fellows letter on legal aid

A group of the Law Society of Scotland Fellows have called for urgent action to address the crisis in Legal Aid.

Journal editorial March 2022: International order

The coordinated sanctions against the invasion of Ukraine offer some hope of influencing events without further escalating the use of force

Diane McGiffen on International Women's Day

Our Chief Executive Diane McGiffen writes on International Women's Day about two new initiatives to help the Scottish legal profession #BreakTheBias

Drew McCusker on LGBTQ+ History Month

Solicitor Drew McCusker, founding member of The Glass Network, tells us about the importance pf LGBTQ+ History Month.

Journal editorial February 2022: Rights of others

Despite policies and programmes to advance protected groups, hateful behaviour remains prevalent. The profession must show a lead

Benefits of becoming a Council Member - according to Pat Thom

If you are considering running for Council please be assured that the commitment is manageable, the support from the Law Society immeasurable and the whole experience hugely rewarding.

Giving effective feedback to trainees

Rob Marrs, our Head of Education, looks at the best way to give effective, constructive feedback to a trainee that not only helps them develop, but fosters a strong learning environment.