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’.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.