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Solicitor (One Year Fixed Term Maternity Cover)

Clan Childlaw

Full time (or a minimum of 4 days a week)
Clan Childlaw is a law centre providing an outreach legal representation service for children and young people.
Glasgow based role. Some travel and work outwith office hours may be required to deliver outreach services. Some experience in family/child law would be advantageous. May be suitable for a recently qualified solicitor or someone wishing to build on child law experience in a specialist child focused law centre. We will also consider applications from second year trainees or secondments.
SALARY: £26,841 per annum (pro rata)
Membership of the PVG Scheme is essential for this role and the successful candidate will be required to apply for the scheme and produce an acceptable PVG Scheme Record.

MAIN RESPONSIBLITIES:
• Work as part of the Representation Team to deliver child-centred legal outreach services in Glasgow and surrounding areas
• Provide legal services to children and young people, including representation at Court and Children’s Hearings.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
• A solicitor with a current practising certificate and knowledge of legal procedures, the law and legal issues as they relate to children and young people
• Someone who is excited by and committed to the work of Clan Childlaw and ideally has experience of working with children and young people.
• Someone who can communicate with clients warmly and sensitively.
• Someone who can work independently using their own judgement
• Someone who can manage their time and is comfortable with urgent work.

To apply for this position please obtain an application form from our website http://www.clanchildlaw.org/news-and-events/were-recruiting/
To discuss the role in further detail, please contact Lisa Paton on 0808 129 0522 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Closing date: 12 noon, 31st July 2017. Interviews to take place week of 7th August.

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.”

 

Property Solicitor / Associate

The McKinstry Company

The role

Property Solicitor/Associate based in Ayr

The McKinstry Company’s highly experienced property team are currently recruiting for a Solicitor to deal with a full range of property related matters. The role will involve working closely with the Partner and other lawyers in the team but will give responsibility for managing a varied case load of residential and commercial property matters. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career in a friendly and rewarding environment. A competitive salary and excellent benefits package are offered.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have:
   •   strong communication skills and an excellent attention to detail;
   •   a commitment to delivering client focused work of the highest quality;
   •   at least 5 years’ experience of residential/commercial property work;
   •   a willingness to learn and to take responsibility for their own transactions and advice, subject to limited supervision;
   •   excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise a busy workload;
   •   the ability to assist with acquisitions, disposals and leasing transactions across industrial / retail / office / leisure and storage distribution sectors;
   •   a drive to succeed and develop their career as a Commercial Property Solicitor;
   •   an excellent work ethic and the ability to work to tight deadlines; and
   •   a willingness to become involved in business development projects.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position please forward your CV to Leigh Frew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to 39 Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1BE

Equal Opportunities
We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and welcome diversity amongst our workforce.

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.

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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

Three posts

Stirling & Mair

Well respected and long established high street practice with excellent client base, seeking to make a number of appointments to further strengthen our team:

SOLICITOR – RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING
This role will suit a residential conveyancing solicitor with at least 2-5 years’ experience who may be looking for a new challenge that will include the opportunity to be involved in additional business development initiatives. There are genuine career progression prospects for the successful candidate.

You will manage your own varied caseload of purchase and sale transactions and related conveyancing activities, but also work as part of our wider team as well as possessing first class client and third party communication skills. Good IT skills are also required.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered.
If you would like to have an informal and confidential chat about this position, please contact Jim Black in the first instance on 01505 329373, or email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

PARALEGAL – RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

We are also looking to recruit an experienced paralegal to provide support and administer their own case load, including the processing of purchase and sale transactions through to settlement. The management of title transfers and discharges is also expected, as well as dealing with client and third party communications.
This post holder should possess excellent organisational and administration skills and be comfortable dealing with clients, both face to face and on the telephone. The ability to work to deadlines is required.

We offer a competitive salary depending on experience.
Please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

CASHIER

We are seeking to recruit a legal cashier with several years’ experience of preparing and inputting postings (currently to Lawware), reviewing ledgers, cash balances and liaising with fee earners and support staff. You will also prepare regular reports and ensure compliance with accounts related rules and regulations. The post holder will also be responsible for processing payroll using SAGE.
The successful candidate should be SOLAS qualified, have experience of dealing with the cash related elements of conveyancing transactions and executries. They will possess excellent computer and communication skills, be well organised and be familiar with law society requirements.
We will consider full time and part time applications for this role.

We offer a competitive salary depending on experience.
Please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Auditor Service

The Royal Faculty is very pleased to announce that Janet Blackstock will be taking over as Royal Faculty Auditor from Tom McCafferty on his retiral. Janet’s appointment as Auditor will commence on 3 July 2017.

Janet brings a wealth of experience to the office of Royal Faculty Auditor having been appointed as Sheriff Clerk and Auditor of Court at Greenock in 2003 and continuing as Sheriff Clerk until the present.

Whilst we wish Tom all the best on his retiral we look forward to Janet continuing to provide an equally professional and efficient service.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the service please do not hesitate the Auditor - Tel. 0141 353 0774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Legal Secretary

Kingsley Wood & Co Solicitors Ltd

You will have current knowledge and experience dealing with residential conveyancing transactions and a good understanding of what is required from take on to settlement.
Attention to detail and good presentation of documents will also be required.
Communication skills are also essential as you will be expected to communicate with clients as well as the general public.
The work involves audio typing with the usual residential conveyancing administration and requires good time management skills with the ability to prioritise work.
We are looking for a Legal Secretary who does not need to be trained into the job and who can work safely with minimal direction.
This is a full time position.

Applications by email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kingsley Wood

Inter-firm Quiz

Many thanks to all the teams that took part in the Royal Faculty/TANQ Quiz night. It was a terrific night and a total of £1,024 was raised for two charities (the Glasgow Children's Hispital Charity and the Royal Faculty's Reid Law Education Fund). Congratulations to the eventual winners - Digby Brown.

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Brodie Cup Golf Competition

The Royal Faculty's Brodie Cup was played for at Pollock Golf Course on Wednesday 10 May. Congratulations to winners Macdonald Henderson and also to Angus Wood of MacRoberts (best individual player).

Commercial Property Solicitor

John Jackson & Dick

We require a Qualified Assistant with substantial 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 progressively take over a long established client base during phased-retirement of partner/director.

Capability in diverse areas such as private client, domestic conveyancing, and corporate law will also be of use to us.

We are a long established general practice, with a considerable client base and sound reputation serving residents and businesses of central Lanarkshire and offer good prospects for capable solicitors.

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. 

AGM - Thursday 1st June at 5.30 pm

Members of the Royal Faculty are cordially invited to this year’s AGM following which there will be a drinks reception held in the Faculty Hall.

***Please note the time of the AGM has been altered to 5.30pm on Thursday 1st June***

NOMINATION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

Members are invited to serve on the RFPG Council. Serving on Council is an excellent opportunity to (a) develop skills and networks (b) give something back to the legal profession (c) influence the strategic direction and development of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

In terms of time commitment there are nine Council meetings per year which last for approximately 1.5 hours (in addition to this Council members can volunteer to serve on various committees such as the Education, Charitable Funds, Court or Audit Committees). Council members are appointed for a three year term.

There will be six vacancies on the Council which will be required to be filled at the Royal Faculty’s AGM in June. If you would like any further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opera Gala

The Royal Faculty in association with Classical Musicians Scotland is to hold an opera gala in celebration of the bicentenary of the Royal Faculty library.
A spectacular concert of opera classics with orchestra and singers on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 7.30pm in the Royal Faculty Building

Tickets £35, includes “nibbles and bubbles” interval

For tickets, please contact –
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0141 942 0023

Full details

Executry Paralegal or Trainee

WW&J McClure Ltd

We are looking to advertise for a private client trainee starting in our Glasgow city centre office in Autumn 2018.

Candidates should have the following when applying:
  - Effective time management
  - Attention to detail
  - Strong communication skills both written and oral
  - Strong work ethic

Although the start date of the traineeship is not immediate, we are looking to employ a candidate immediately on a full time basis until commencement of traineeship.

If you wish to apply please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Members' Survey

The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow is committed to providing its members with the best service possible. To this end we would welcome your opinion, as a member, to gain a better insight into members’ needs and expectations of the role that their Faculty should play. This review is also prompted, in part, by the need to assess the future use of the building. The survey will also afford members an opportunity to advise the RFPG of what it is doing right, any ways it can improve its services and what members would like the RFPG to focus on for the future.

We would, therefore, be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to give us your feedback. 

Link to Survey

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Royal Faculty Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

 

Tuesday Tunes

The Royal Faculty, in association with Classical Musicians Scotland, is to host a series of lunchtime concerts showcasing a variety of Scottish-based classical musicians.

  • Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 1-2pm - classical guitarist duo Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister
  • Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1-2pm - violin and classical accordion duo Andrea and Djordje Gajic
  • Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1-2pm - wind quintet Sirocco Winds

Tickets for each concert priced at £10 

Further details 

Inter-firm Quiz

As part of the celebration of the library's bicentenary the Royal Faculty and TANQ Society are holding an inter-firm quiz on 11 May.

Tickets are £50 per team (maximum 6 to a team) and include a welcome drink, nibbles and a donation to the Reid Law Endowment Fund. Will your team win the Bicentenary Shield?
Composite teams are also welcome, individual tickets are £10 (please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part but can't put together a firm team). 

The evening will be fully licensed and there will aslo be a raffle - all the profits from the evening will go to charity - including the Royal Faculty's Reid Law Endowment.

Enter a team

 

Brodie Cup Golf Tournament 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Venue:       Pollok Golf Club, 90 Barrhead Road, Glasgow

Date:         Afternoon of Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Entry Fee £60.00* per player – this includes green fee, soup/sandwich lunch, high tea, gratuities and VAT. Cheques payable to Blaney Carnan Solicitors

 The inter-firm golf tournament for the Brodie Cup will be played at Pollok again this year. A team can comprise of 2 or 3 players (best 2 count) and joint composite teams are welcome.

 Ladies are most welcome – as members or guests - at Pollok Golf Club.

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