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.

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.

Platinum blog series

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.

Platinum blog series

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.

Platinum blog series

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

Platinum blog series

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.