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Civil Court Solicitor

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

Private Client / Property Solicitors (Glasgow and Edinburgh) Up to 5 yrs PQE

TC Young

TC Young are looking to recruit two additional solicitors for their Private Client department. 
  • The Glasgow role is primarily a residential conveyancing one, but knowledge of general private client work would be advantageous.   
  • The Edinburgh role requires a considerable knowledge of Wills, Trusts, Executries, POAs and Guardianships but would not involve any conveyancing.

Ideally each 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 residential conveyancing experience, possibly gained in a general office environment (Glasgow role only); or extensive, wills, trusts & executries, POA and AWI experience, possibly gained in a general office environment (Edinburgh position) 
  • Hold or be working towards STEP membership (Edinburgh position) 

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. 

TC Young




Qualified Assistants

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.


Private Client/Commercial Solicitor (5+ years' PQE)

Black Hay

Long-established high street firm seeking experienced solicitor for Ayr office.
Attractive remuneration & excellent prospects for advancement/early partnership for right candidate.
Friendly work environment & located in busy town centre.
Work to include:
     Residential & Commercial Conveyancing & Leasing;
     Wills. Trusts & Executries;
     Powers of Attorney.

To apply please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or correspondence to Malcolm MacInnes, Black Hay, Solicitors, 45/47 Main Street, Prestwick, KA9 1AF.

Residential Conveyancing Paralegal / NQ Solicitor

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.">

Executry Paralegal

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.

Conveyancing Solicitor


Macallans, a well-respected and long established high street practice with an excellent client base, is recruiting a solicitor to join our residential property team.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be an experienced conveyancer (although other levels of experience will be considered). This role will involve a broad range of residential property, principally acting for individuals in residential purchase and sales.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

CV should be sent to Lesley Hurst, Macallans, 236 Stonelaw Road, Burnside, G73 3SA or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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. 


Private Client Solicitor

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. 

Glasgow Legal Walk 2017

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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Wright & Crawford

We are currently seeking a Full-Time Receptionist to join our Paisley Office with the ability to support others i.e. typing, etc. Salary depending on experience.

To apply please email CVs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to 11 Glasgow Road, Paisley, PA1 3QS

Auditor Service

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.

Two Solicitor Posts

John Jackson & Dick

We are a long-established, but progressive, technologically advanced, general practice, with a considerable client base and sound reputation serving residents and businesses of central Lanarkshire, and offering good prospects for capable solicitors. We seek applicants for two positions:-

A solicitor of at least Associate or comparable level with substantial (5 or more years PQE) experience of commercial property law (leases, purchases & sales) and business acquisitions & sales, but versatile enough to cover related areas of work. The successful applicant will take over an established client base during phased-retirement of partner/director. As we are a small practice, versatility to cover for colleagues in diverse areas such as private client, residential conveyancing, and corporate law will also be useful.

A Qualified Assistant, with 1 to 2 years PQE, to assist in the busy Private Client and Conveyancing departments of our practice, dealing primarily with administration of executries and trusts, and also assuming a caseload of conveyancing transactions, both residential and light commercial.

Full and part-time applicants will be considered.

Please apply with full CV to Euan Stirrat, John Jackson & Dick, 48 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6DT - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Criminal and Civil Litigation Solicitors

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. 

Glasgow Sheriff Court - solemn reforms

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

Security passes at Glasgow Sheriff Court

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.”


Pro Bono Initial Advice Clinic

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.



New Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

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.

New Dean and Council

The AGM  was held on Thursday 1st June in the Faculty Hall.

When Nicola Irvine was elected as Dean (the first female Dean in Royal Faculty history). Congratulations also to Vice Dean Donald Reid and newly elected Council members - Sofia Crolla, Daniel Donaldson, Katie McKenna, Michael Samuel, Steven Smart and Jenny Smith

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