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.

If you are a budding artist, rookie designer or enthusiastic photographer, enter our competition and you could see your work on the front cover of the Journal magazine!

We will publish two very special editions of the Journal in July. One edition will have a front cover designed by someone working in the Scottish legal profession (a solicitor, trainee, academic, paralegal or support staff in a law firm or in-house team), and the other will have a front cover designed by an individual child or class/group from a Scottish primary or secondary school.

If you have links to a school, make sure you tell them about this competition. Not only will the winning school design be published in July as one of the front covers of the Journal, the winning school will also receive £750.

The theme of the front cover should be “What the law in Scotland means to you”. Your design should be suitable for a print magazine and could be a photo, graphic, digital art, drawing, painting, printmaking or anything else suitable!

Entries should be emailed as a jpeg to comms@lawscot.org.uk or posted hard copy to Journal Front Cover Competition, Law Society of Scotland, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX, to arrive no later than midnight on Tuesday 30 April. You should include your name, business/school name and address, class year (school entries only) and a contact telephone number and email address.

The competition will be judged by a panel representing the Society, Connect Publications, and the Scottish magazine industry. Full terms and conditions can be found below.

Terms and conditions
  • Any personal information you provide will be used for this competition only and will not be shared with any other party and will not be used for other purposes.
  • The competition is run by the Law Society of Scotland in conjunction with Connect Communications.
  • The competition is open to members of the Law Society of Scotland and staff in their legal teams who are not members of the Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of Scotland Accredited Paralegals; trainee solicitors in Scotland; Current LLB degree law students in Scotland and school pupils (either an individual or a group/class) at any primary or secondary school in Scotland.
  • Employees of the Law Society of Scotland and Connect Communications are not permitted to enter the competition.
  • Only one entry per person, any person submitting multiple entries will be disqualified.
  • The contest opens on 17 January 2019 and closes on Tuesday 30 April 2019 at midnight.
  • There will be one winner from the Scottish legal community and one winner from a school in Scotland.
  • The winner from the legal community will see their design on the front cover of the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland magazine in summer 2019.
  • The winner from the school in Scotland will see their design on the front cover of the Journal of the Law society of Scotland magazine in summer 2019 and £750 for their school.
  • The Law Society of Scotland reserves the right to substitute the prize for an alternative prize.
  • The winners will be chosen by judges representing the Law Society of Scotland, Connect Communications and Scottish magazine industry after the closing date and informed via the contact details supplied in the entry.
  • If the prize winner does not contact the Law Society of Scotland within 14 days of them being notified as a winner, the Law Society of Scotland reserves the right to choose an alternative winner.
  • If there is a dispute about the operation of the competition, our decision is final and no discussion will be entered into on this subject.
  • The winning person’s name, entry and school name/class (if applicable) may be used for publicity purposes relating to this competition.

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.