The Law Society of Scotland's Journal will be published in digital format only, as an interim measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Society and Connect, who produce the Journal, agreed to adopt this course initially for the May and June 2020 editions. One of the primary reasons was the number of copies mailed to offices that are currently closed or operating with a skeleton staff.

In addition to its usual publication on the Society's website, the Journal will be made available in two formats:

  • a PDF file with the complete magazine in its familiar layout; and
  • PageSuite, which also retains the print magazine format but is published in HTML5 for rendering across smartphones and tablets including iOS and Android.

An email will be sent out on publication day, Monday 18 May, with clear instructions on accessing both formats.

All Connect staff are fully equipped and linked for remote working and the April and May editions have been produced by the Connect team working entirely from home. Connect and the Society will continue to monitor the situation and will decide on the format of future editions following publication of the June magazine.

Journal editor Peter Nicholson commented: “With the lockdown continuing, and many lawyers having to remain at home whether working or not, this was the obvious course of action in order to continue to provide readers with all the content they expect from their monthly Journal.

“We know from reader feedback that many welcome the paper magazine as a break from staring at their screens, but we hope everyone finds the digital formats easily accessible and readable.

“The May edition contains the full range of features, briefings, comment and practice advice that we deliver every month and I am grateful to all who have contributed. The Journal remains fully open for business and I welcome enquiries from anyone with an interest in writing.”

Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, added: “Digital channels have been essential throughout the coronavirus lockdown to make sure that we can continue to connect with the profession, share best practice and hear about the ways members have found to manage their work during this time. I am pleased to see the Journal also move online to ensure that the invaluable content from members in all parts of the legal profession can be shared and enjoyed at this time. Whether you are still spending some of your time in an office, attending court or now have more time at home – you can read your professional magazine any time, any place and on any device.”