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Hot on the heels of the celebration of the library's bicentenary comes another important milestone in the life of the Royal Faculty. While the exact date of the formation of the Faculty of Procurators is not known, its earliest records date from 1668 and so 2018 will mark its 350th year.

To celebrate this, and in light of the potential move to a new building, it is planned to produce a publication to celebrate the best of the library and the building at 12 Nelson Mandela Place. Members who have any anecdotes, memories of the library or messages which could be included are encouraged to contribute to the publication. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Many thanks to everyone who made it to the RFPG civic reception in the stunning picture gallery of the City Chambers - it was great to see so many friends of the Royal Faculty there.
Thanks also to Lord Gill for his kind words and for presenting the various Royal Faculty prizes to the student prize-winners (list below) -

Royal Faculty Charitable Funds Prize Fund Winners 2017-

University of Glasgow

Corporate Law:            Megan Gairns
Family Law:                 Robert Cunningham & Ruth Wallace
Private Client:              Gregor Pringle
Sheriff Balfour Prize:    Sophie Campbell
William Guthrie Prize in International Private Law:  Hannah Clark
William Guthrie Prize in Jurisprudence:                  Sophie Malley & Robert Ross
Property Law - First Prize:       Megan Lawson
Property Law - Second Prize:   Rachael Miller
Semple Mooting Prizes:           Eilidh Smith & Lamia Al Lamki

Glasgow Caledonian University

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TC Young

TC Young are looking to recruit an additional solicitor for their Private Client department Edinburgh Private Client department. The role requires a considerable knowledge of Wills, Trusts, Executries, POAs and Guardianships but would not involve any conveyancing. 

Ideally the candidate will:
   Have at least 2 years private client experience
  • Be seeking the opportunity to focus exclusively on quality work within a dedicated team 
  • Bring extensive wills, trusts & executries, POA and AWI experience, possibly gained in a general office environment 
  • Hold or be working towards STEP membership 

The successful candidate must:
  • Be confident dealing with their own case load
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be able to prioritise and manage case load effectively
  • Be able to meet client deadlines (with minimal supervision)
  • Be ambitious with a desire to get actively involved in the firm’s marketing

Reliable with high attention to detail, this role will involve extensive client contact. Strong communication skills are therefore essential, with the ability to quickly understand a client’s requirements and tailor advice accordingly.  

A working knowledge of LawWare software would also be advantageous.

IiP accredited, the firm feel it is mutually beneficial that people enjoy their job and work hard to ensure they do. In return, we offer: a friendly office, structured training, a commitment to a good work-life balance, 33 days holiday, a flexible holiday scheme and a generous pension.   These are both full-time positions but consideration may be given to exceptional candidates who would prefer to work part-time (minimum 28 hours a week).

Interested candidates should send their CV (no more than 2 pages), salary expectations, preferred working hours/pattern and location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Mitchells Roberton

Mitchells Roberton are looking to recruit an experienced solicitor into our busy and expanding Private Client Department within our long established Glasgow city centre based practice.

This role is full time and will suit someone who enjoys working as part of a busy team with a wide variety of clients and broad and diverse workload. The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of three years post qualified experience working in the private client field. Your main tasks will involve dealing with a wide range of Private Client work including; administration of estates and trusts, drafting wills and powers of attorney, tax planning and adults with incapacity/guardianship administration work.

An interest and desire to gain experience in other complementary areas of Private Client work will be encouraged.

The successful individual should be confident, organised, have strong communication skills and be able to work independently on their own initiative. They will also be expected to demonstrate strong IT and interpersonal skills as well as an ability to confidently manage their own workload.

Please apply with full CV, giving details of your current or most recent salary and benefits package, to Mark McGorm, Partnership Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

We are a growing firm, currently with 28 Partners, specialising in the areas of private client, commercial property, corporate, commercial dispute resolution, renewable energy, healthcare, telecoms and family businesses. We have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunblane.

We are looking for a Residential Conveyancing Paralegal to join our team in Glasgow. The role is working with our residential property team within our Private Client Group. The group provide a range of services including tax advice, wealth planning, wills & executry and residential conveyancing.

Your role will involve dealing with a high volume of residential conveyancing transactions, maintaining client relationships and general administration. As well as having a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a residential conveyancing paralegal and being a technical expert in your field you must be committed to providing an excellent level of service to clients, show initiative, have a positive attitude and be proactive.

This role offers the opportunity to advance your career, develop your skills, and to work with a great team in a friendly, supportive and client focused environment.

WJM offers a competitive salary and benefit packages depending on the experience you will bring to the Firm.

If you are interested in this great opportunity please send your CV to Gaye Simpson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference GRC 11/17.

Mitchells Roberton

Mitchells Roberton are looking to recruit a fee earner into our busy and expanding Private Client Department within our long established Glasgow city centre based practice. The role is full time and open to both solicitors and experienced paralegals who will be working principally within our Guardianship team.

The role will suit individuals who enjoy working as part of a busy team and have a genuine interest in incapacity law and assisting vulnerable adults. You will have experience in dealing with Private Client work and your main role will include assisting in Adults with Incapacity cases covering both the appointment of Welfare and Financial Guardianship orders and the general administration of the Financial Guardianship thereafter. Your main tasks will include the general day to day administration of the Adults' affairs, liaising with vulnerable adults and their families, drafting forms, inventories, management plans and annual accounts.

The successful individual should be confident, organised, have strong communication skills and be able to work independently on their own initiative. They will also be expected to demonstrate strong IT and interpersonal skills as well as an ability to confidently manage their own workload.

Starting salary will depend upon experience.

Please apply with full CV, to Mark McGorm, Partnership Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The McKinstry Company

We are looking to appoint a solicitor to join our Litigation Team.

The successful candidate will join a thriving and exciting civil court department and will have exposure to a variety of work types with the opportunity to specialise. You will require to have experience in handling a mixed caseload of civil court work. Experience in matrimonial work is essential, and whilst employment law knowledge is preferable it is not a requirement. You will work as part of the litigation team alongside Partner, Robert Honeyman.

This position will suit a candidate with a minimum of 3 years’ p.q.e. Attractive terms offered.

If this opportunity is of interest please apply with full CV to:-
   Leigh Frew
   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
   HR Co-Ordinator
   The McKinstry Company

Freelands Solicitors

Freelands Solicitors are a Lanarkshire based firm with offices in Wishaw and Motherwell. Due to continued growth we currently have opportunities for:

(i) Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor
We require a qualified solicitor with at least 3-4 years PQE of commercial property law including:
   • Business acquisitions
   • Sales
   • Purchases
   • Leases
   • Company Law

(ii) Court Solicitor
We are looking to recruit a qualified solicitor to assist with a heavy caseload of general litigation. The successful candidate will have:
   • General Civil and Commercial Litigation experience
   • Knowledge of Employment Law and Tribunal practice
   • Working knowledge of Legal Aid and online administration.

(iii) Private Client/Conveyancing Solicitor
We are looking for a qualified solicitor with at least 3-4 years PQ experience and the role will involve general chamber work including:
   • Preparation of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney;
   • Administration of Estates including Deeds of Family Arrangement
   • Residential conveyancing including general house purchase and sales and executry conveyancing.

All roles offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience with opportunities for career advancement.
To apply please email your CV to Sandra Fleming at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Buchanan Dickson Frame

Residential conveyancing paralegal/newly qualified solicitor required for maternity cover commencing December 2017/January 2018.

Must have excellent knowledge of domestic conveyancing and be able to work with minimal supervision. Part time or full time will be considered.

Email applications with CVs are invited - send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

We are a growing firm, currently with 28 Partners, specialising in the areas of private client, commercial property, corporate, commercial dispute resolution, renewable energy, healthcare, telecoms and family businesses. We have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunblane.

We are seeking an experienced Executry Paralegal to join our Private Client team in Glasgow. Our team led by Ian Macdonald offers a range of services including tax advice, wealth planning, wills & executry and residential conveyancing.

Your role will include administering executry estates and trusts, drafting confirmation and IHT forms, executry accounts and general financial administration. You will be able to develop client relationships and will have responsibility for your own caseload in conjunction with the partners and senior solicitors in the team. As well as having a minimum of 3 years’ experience as an executry paralegal and being a technical expert in your field you must be committed to providing an excellent level of service to clients, show initiative, have a positive attitude and be proactive.

This role offers the opportunity to advance your career, develop your skills, and to work with a great team in a friendly, supportive and client focused environment.

WJM offers a competitive salary and benefit packages depending on the experience you will bring to the Firm. If you are interested in this great opportunity please send your CV to Gaye Simpson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference GPC 9/17.

DGF Solicitors

DGF are an ambitious new company. We are looking for an enthusiastic lawyer qualified for a minimum of 3 years. The area of work will be civil, family and immigration. Salary £30,000.
To apply for the vacancy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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WW&J McClure Ltd

McClure Solicitors requires an addition to our Private Client department. Applicants must be a Solicitor with experience. Applicants should be able to cope in a busy environment with a good work ethic. Candidates are expected to perform at a high standard of professionalism and be able to communicate with clients clearly and confidently. Applicants should also be able to work towards strict deadlines with strong attention to detail.

The role probably is best suited to a candidate at senior solicitor or associate level as it as an all-round one focusing on general private client advice as well as dealing with the full range of wills, trusts and executry work.

This role is offered on a full time basis with a salary commensurate with experience.

Please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cochran Dickie

We are one of the largest firms of solicitors in Paisley. A vacancy has now arisen for a qualified solicitor to join our Private Client team working with us principally in the establishment and administration of trusts and guardianships.

We seek an individual who is motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious. Specific experience in private client work is preferred.. This position represent an excellent opportunity for a suitable applicant who wishes to progress their career.

The successful applicant will be expected to advise clients on all aspects of wills, estate planning, trusts and guardianships and shall be required to run a varied and extensive caseload with extensive client contact.

We are seeking a committed individual with a genuine interest in this area of law who is prepared to work with minimal supervision and to assume significant responsibility. 

Please apply in writing with cv to Cochran Dickie, Solicitors, 21 Moss Street, Paisley PA1 1BX or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Royal Faculty is proud to support Access to Justice Foundation's Glasgow Legal Walk 2017 - a 10km after work walk to raise funds for free legal advice charities in Glasgow and around Scotland.

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Register at: www.atjf.org.uk/events 

Janet Blackstock succeeded Tom McCafferty as Royal Faculty Auditor in July 2017. Previously Janet worked for Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service for 27 years working in various sheriff courts across the West of Scotland and representing Scottish Courts and Tribunals on many corporate projects. Janet has experience in all aspects of legal work and over a 13-year period Janet was The Sheriff Clerk and Auditor of Court at Greenock, Rothesay and Dunoon Courts. Janet is a member of the Society of Sheriff Court Auditors (SOCA) and brings a wealth of experience to the office of Auditor of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

Letter from Janet Blackstock to members and clients of the Auditor service.

Beltrami & Co

Experienced criminal and civil litigation lawyers wanted. Good salary and prospects.

Please email your covering letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For the attention of all criminal practitioners who have business at Glasgow Sheriff Court

I recently attended a meeting with Sheriff Jones about the solemn reforms which are to come into force. Attached is a document prepared by the Court about the transitional arrangements.

For your information, a number of matters were raised which you may wish to note:-

     1. With effect from 31st July, written records must be lodged 2 clear days prior to the first diet, so if the first diet is on a Thursday, the written record should be with the court by the Monday of that week.
     2. Written records should be sent by email to the sheriff clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . One of the purposes of emailing 2 clear days in advance is to enable the court to assign a suitable trial diet. Agents should intimate to the clerk at the time of lodging the written record, a note of any unavailable dates for trial. The clerks in court will not have access to the diary and accordingly the court will be identifying a date for trial in advance of the first diet. It is anticipated that a trial is likely to be fixed approximately 6 weeks after the first diet.
     3. The written record should also be intimated to the crown and to the agents acting for any co-accused.
     4. A trial diet will be assigned, giving an allocated date, with 4 days thereafter. The allocated date will not necessarily be a Monday. This will be a floating diet and every case will call at some point during that floating diet. It will be a matter for the court to call the case, not the Crown. The court number allocated is not necessarily the court within which the trial will proceed. It is envisaged that trial will start sharp at 10am. Motions to adjourn the trial on the day will not be welcome
     5. Responsibility for checking when a trial will begin lies with the defence agent and the crown by checking with the sheriff clerk or checking the email which is circulated each day for business listed to call the following day. Agents will no longer be able to agree with the crown the order of business. If any agent would like to be added to the mailing list for sheriff and jury business, they should contact the sheriff clerk (solemn department).
     6. It is not envisaged by the court that there should be any continued first diets.
     7. The court will welcome s.75A minutes as early as possible so that diets can be properly used. The earlier a s.75A minute is lodged, the better. Agents can email s.75A minutes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in the first instance and a signed minute can be lodged in due course. In the event of a s.75A minute being lodged, agents should provide a list of unavailable dates so the these can be taken account of by the clerk in assigning a new diet.
     8. With effect from 4th September, jurors will be cited for Mondays and Wednesdays at 09.30am.
     9. With effect from 24th August, there will be regular meetings between Sheriff Jones, the sheriff clerk and the Crown every Thursday at 12.30pm to discuss the management of business. The detail of cases will not be discussed and this is only to deal with management. Defence agents are welcome to attend those meetings if they wish – the meetings will take place in room G54.

Nicola Ivine
Dean

Due to recent review of security across Scottish Courts John McGraw (the Estates Manager, Glasgow Sheriff Court) has asked that the following message be highlighted -

from Tuesday 18th July 2017 all regular court users are required to wear visible photo/ID passes at all times within the court building.

Extract from the SCTS security policy:-
“The ability to check those with a legitimate need to be on court premises is an essential element of our security. All SCTS employees, Crown Office employees, Social Work Dept, Witness Services, Solicitors, G4S Staff, Servest Security, Baxterstorey staff, and all other regular visitors to court must have ID cards which are to be worn at all times whilst on the court premises. The ID card must display a photograph, employee name, and a unique issue number to facilitate security checks.
The cardholder has a duty of care to protect the card, immediately report any loss or theft, and immediately surrender the card if they cease to have a legitimate need to be on court premises.
Anyone wishing to enter the court building who does not have or cannot display an appropriate ID card will require to pass through the Security Portals before entering the court building.”

 

As part of the celebration of the Royal Faculty Library's bicentenary the Royal Faculty hosted Stathclyde Law Centre's Initial Advice Clinic on Wed. 14th June. This was a drop in legal surgery open to members of the public with a range of issues that require on the spot advice. The IAC went very well and the venue was very much appreciated by clients and advisors.

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Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 - As many of us will be aware, new anti-money laundering regulations are due to come into effect on the 26th June.

The Law Society of Scotland has issued information highlighting key issues and changes as applicable to the Scottish Legal Sector. Click on link for full details.

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Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow
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