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Solicitor

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

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.

Glasgow Legal Walk 2017 article

Glasgow Legal Walk 2017 flyer

Register at: www.atjf.org.uk/events 

Receptionist

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. 

Family Law Solicitor

Neil Kilcoyne & Co

Experienced Family Law Solicitor required to join a busy and established Glasgow Law Firm. The successful candidate will be required to manage a large and varied caseload both legally aided and private.

The successful candidate should be;
• Experienced and confident in all family law areas.
• capable of ‘hitting the ground running’
• Experienced with Legal Aid
• Capable of strong communication skills, reliable and have attention to detail
• Capable of integrating and working as part of a small friendly team.

Experience of a case management system is desirable however full training will be provided. The successful candidate will preferably have at least 3 years PQE however applicants with a track record within a family law firm would be considered.

Good prospects for promotion. Salary commensurate with leading law practices.

If you would like to apply for this post, please send your CV in the strictest confidence to:
Neil Kilcoyne, Partner
Neil Kilcoyne & Co
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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
Dean

Solicitor - Residential and Commercial Conveyancing

T. F Reid & Donaldson Solicitors

T. F Reid & Donaldson, who are a well-respected and long established High Street practice with an excellent client base, are looking to recruit an experienced conveyancing solicitor to join their team.

The role will involve working with other members of the team but will give responsibility for managing your own case load of residential and some commercial property matters.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate who has career progression in mind. The successful candidate will progressively take over a long established client base during the phased retirement of one our partners.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered.

If you are interested in this position please forward your C.V. by email to Allan Rankin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Residential Property Solicitor

The McKinstry Company

The McKinstry Company is currently looking to recruit a Residential Property Solicitor based in Ayr

We are looking for a residential conveyancing solicitor to join our award winning law firm based in Ayr.

To be considered, you must have at least 2-3 years of post- qualified experience in residential conveyancing and be able to work autonomously with a workload of residential purchases & sales, acting for a range of clients from first time buyers to holders of small portfolios of residential property. There is an excellent team of para-legals and secretarial support within the firm and the ability to work with, and delegate appropriately, to others is essential. Some experience of commercial conveyancing including landlord/tenant work and lease management is also desirable but not essential.

The firm offers a good work life balance with competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail your CV to Leigh Frew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.

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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

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. 

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).

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

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

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