2019 is the platinum anniversary of the Law Society of Scotland. Our 70th year is an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work of the Scottish legal profession, reflect on how the law and practice has progressed as well as looking to the future.

2019 is an extra special year for the legal profession because it is 100 years since a change in the law permitted women to become lawyers for the first time. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in 1919 paved the way for women to build a career as a solicitor.

To mark our platinum year, we have lots of things planned for the Scottish legal profession, the public and stakeholders and we would love you to get involved.

Interested in debating? To mark our 70th anniversary and 100 years of women in law, we're inviting the legal profession to come along to our debate on the motion, "This house believes positive discrimination is the best way to achieve gender balance at partnership level’. 

For more information see the Platinum Debate event page or to register your interest contact diversity@lawscot.org.uk

Law Society of Scotland 70th Anniversary - Scottish country dance

The fantastic 'Law Society of Scotland 70th Anniversary’ Scottish country dance was devised by our colleague Patricia Wilson, and performed by talented team members from across the Law Society at our gala dinner in June. The 'Law Society of Scotland Platinum Jig' for the dance was composed by Ewan Galloway. 

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Kenneth Pritchard OBE played a key role in the Society’s contribution to the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 during his 21 years as the Secretary of the Law Society of Scotland. Mr Pritchard became an honorary member of the Law Society of Scotland in 1997.

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As part of our Platinum Anniversary blog series, Andrew C Ferguson, a solicitor at Fife Council, discusses how the gender balance of the profession has changed since he became a solicitor over 30 years ago.

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In the latest in our series of platinum anniversary blogs, Scottish solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney Caroline Pigott looks at how IP has changed over the years

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In the latest in our series of platinum anniversary blogs, Senior Solicitor at Renfrewshire Council and member of our Privacy Law Sub-committee, Mark Conroy, argues that freedom of information legislation has changed the landscape in Scotland and brought about more transparency and honesty.

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In the next in our series of Platinum blogs, Alyson Shaw, trainee solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn reflects on the impact of technology on the legal profession.

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In the next in our series of Platinum blogs, Rebecca Lindsay, trainee solicitor at Wright Johnston Mackenzie reflects on the potential loss of governmental accountability in the wake of Brexit and the possible impact on the environment.

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In the latest in our series of platinum anniversary blogs, Michael Kusznir, solicitor at Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace and member of our Trust and Succession Law Sub-committee, looks back to a time when an ‘illegitimate’ child was a stranger in law and blood to its parents.

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In the latest in our series of platinum anniversary blogs, Scottish solicitor at the Crofting Commission and Rural Affairs Sub-committee member, David Findlay looks at the introduction of a new phase of crofting law and a new Crofting Commission.

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Deborah Dillon is Lead Auditor, Business & Platform Solution for Atos UK&I. She specialises in Information Governance, including the application and implementation of Data Protection processes and procedures across a wide range of organisational areas. Deborah is a member of our Privacy Committee.

Throughout 2019, we will be publishing blogs on our website written by solicitors, accredited paralegals, trainee solicitors and law students. We want you to tell us in 300 words what is the biggest change you have seen in the profession, legislation or case law or what do you think the biggest change to come is. Send your blog in a Word document to comms@lawscot.org.uk.