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Journal editorial December 2019

The benefits of bringing a feminist perspective to the law

Anyone can play guitar!

If you've ever harboured secret aspirations of becoming a rock star, then look no further than Lexfactor. Round up your band and sign up to take part in the inaugural battle of the legal bands on Thursday 12 March at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange. It's all in support of a great cause, the Lawscot Foundation, so if you're more of a groupie than a performer, you can help too. Buy your ticket, get the date in your diary and come a long for a great night out. And in the meantime, watch Lorna and John's promo video to find out more!

Putting user experience first benefits us all

Rob Marrs, Head of Education, reflects on the recent Inclusion Scotland conference and asks what difference would it make if we began by asking how can we design processes to make sure everyone can participate.

The victim surcharge

Law Society Policy Executive Gillian Mawdsley provides an update on the victim surcharge regulations which were introduced in November.

My unconventional journey to qualification

Claire Withers, newly-qualified solicitor at Brodies, discusses her journey to qualification and explains why, despite qualifying six years later than intended, she wouldn't change her experiences on the way

Platinum blog series - rehabilitating woman offenders with Grace

As part of our Platinum blog series marking the Society's 70th year, we hear from Joyce Murray, founder of the social enterprise Grace Chocolates which supports women who have touched the criminal justice system towards fulfilling employment.

Want to develop your skills and network? Why not join a Law Society committee?

Deborah Lovell is a partner at Anderson Strathern. Following her recent appointment to The Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal, Deborah has stepped down as convener to the Property Law Committee, having served on Law Society committees for 12 years.

Benefits of working in rural practice as a trainee solicitor

Newly qualified solicitor, Aidan Tuohy, discusses his experience of spending twelve months of his traineeship in a rural practice and the benefits this afforded him.

Can technology simplify compliance processes?

Recognising that collecting data to complete the AML certificate can be time consuming for members, we have been working with a number of case management providers to see if there is a technical solution that will ease that process.

Journal editorial November 2019

Reform is set to follow the publication of the Scottish Jury Research Study, and the profession should engage with Government on that basis

The LLB: you’re in...what now, what next?

Amelia Mah, future trainee solicitor,and final year dual-qualifying law student at the University of Dundee, discusses the LLB.

5 questions to explain contextualised recruitment and our pilot scheme with Rare

You may have heard recently of 'contextualised recruitment' that firms like Pinsent Masons, Dickson Minto and Morton Fraser are implementing via a company called Rare. It's designed to improve social mobility, but what does it all mean?