The Trainee and Newly Qualified Society, or TANQ, was set up with the threefold aim of:
- raising the profile of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow among new entrants to the legal profession;
- providing a forum for education seminars particularly suited to the needs of trainee solicitors; and
- providing an opportunity for trainees to meet with their peers to share experiences in a social setting.
Attending TANQ events is not only a great way to meet new people, network and hear about what's happening in law firms in and around Glasgow, but it is also a good opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of different areas of law. If you are starting your legal career, TANQ is an invaluable way to learn from other people's experiences and to make contacts that may help you in the future - and it's free!
We aim to put on 5 or 6 education seminars per year as well as several social events. The seminars qualify for one hours CPD for newly qualified solicitors or 2nd year trainees who hold a practicing certificate.
All trainees and newly qualified solicitors (up to 2 years qualified) are welcome to attend events regardless of whether their firms are members of the Royal Faculty. Law students and those completing their Diploma in Legal Practice are also most welcome.
TANQ Forthcoming Events
TANQ Christmas Social 2013 - 11/12/2013
TANQ CHRISTMAS SOCIAL – A question and answer session with our illustrious panel. Ask our experienced and knowledgeable panel their views on hot law topics of law, their law careers, their highs and lows and any other burning questions you may have. Wine and buffet served afterwards. Come and join the TANQ committee and our panel and get to know your peers, network, socialise and learn.
Panel - Sheriff Katherine Mackie, Bruce Beveridge (Law Society President), Emma Tonner (Advocate), John Thomson (Advocate), John McElroy (Advocate) & Maggie Hughes (Advocate)
Sheriff Kathrine Mackie – Sheriff Mackie was admitted as a Solicitor in 1978 and practised principally in the field of civil litigation. Latterly she was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Medical Negligence. From 1994 until 1997 she served as the first female President of the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland. In 2000 she was appointed a Sheriff sitting in Edinburgh. Sheriff Mackie has responsibility for the Domestic Abuse Court pilot in Edinburgh as well as for personal injury actions. She is a member of the National Group to Address Violence against Women. Sheriff Mackie is married (to a Sheriff) and has one daughter. Her hobbies include reading, and watching sport, principally rugby and cricket. She is a member of the SRU and IRB disciplinary panels.
Bruce Beveridge - Completed his traineeship with Mitchells Roberton in Glasgow. He joined the Government Legal Service in Scotland in 1995, where his early responsibilities included a broad range of civil law matters. In 2000 he was appointed Legal Secretary to the Lord President of the Court of Session before becoming Deputy Keeper of the Registers of Scotland in 2004 and then in 2009, in his final role in Government, as Deputy Director in Rural Affairs with responsibility for land reform, crofting, tenant farming, rural communities and a range of EU grant funding schemes. Bruce left the Scottish Government in December 2011 and is currently focusing on some Board and consultancy work - and of course the Law Society of Scotland. Bruce currently chairs the Centre for Rural Development. He is also an office bearer in the WS Society, a member of the Institute of Directors, the Scottish Law Agents' Society and the Crofting Law Group.
Emma Tonner - has extensive experience of regulatory crime. She is regularly instructed both as sole Counsel and as Junior Counsel to Senior and has conducted a wide range of trials, under both statute and common law, including cases involving financial crime. She is also regularly instructed in personal injury actions and Fatal Accident Inquiries, including the Rosepark Fatal Accident Inquiry, the longest Fatal Accident Inquiry ever to run in Scotland. Prior to calling, Emma spent 2 years as an Indicter in the High Court Unit of Crown Office and gained considerable experience of cases involving deaths. She was also responsible for the management of reports to Crown Counsel of sudden or suspicious deaths during this period and has an in-depth knowledge of the Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation. Emma has assisted in the delivery of advocacy training to solicitors and is a Reporter for Session Cases/Justiciary Cases.
John Thomson - John is aged 55. He was born and raised in Dundee. He is married and lives in Edinburgh. He called as an Advocate in 1990. As was the norm he started out by conducting every type of case from broken legs in the civil courts to broken arms in the criminal courts. For the last decade or so he has acted for insurers in the personal injury field. Outside casework he has a long-standing interest in the insurance industry.
John McElroy - John has practised exclusively in criminal law since 1989 specialising in criminal defence work. He was one of the founding partners of a leading West of Scotland criminal defence law firm. He has substantial experience in all aspects of the practice of criminal law from first interview with accused persons to running cases in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He practised as a Solicitor Advocate from 2000 until he called at the Bar in 2013.
He is a former member of the criminal law committee and of the of the rights of audience committee of the Law Society of Scotland. He has tutored in advocacy and pleading at GGSL and Glasgow University.
Maggie Hughes – Maggie called to the bar in 1991 and has a broad based civil practice. She has experience in the following areas: administrative and public law, family law and personal injury law.
Why maintaining personal health can lead to Financial Wealth - 4.12.13 (from 6pm)
Speakers: Trish McLellan (Lawcare) and David A Carroll (Wesleyan for Lawyers)
Trish McLellan will speak about how to deal with the pressures of working in the law and why young lawyers must look after themselves .
David Caroll will talk about developing good financial habits that can lead to financial wealth and which will stand you in good stead throughout your legal career.
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Committee Members are -
* Kelly Brotherhood, HBM Sayers
* Katie McKenna, Harper MacLeod
* Collette Miller, Harper MacLeod
* David Nicholson, McCusker, McElroy & Gallanagh
* Andrew Ronald, Miller Samuel
* Ayla Skene, Glasgow City Council
If you would like to contact members of the TANQ Committee please send an email to gro.gpfr|qnat#gro.gpfr|qnat
Earlier TANQ event notices
|4.12.13 (from 6pm)||Why maintaining personal health can lead to Financial Wealth|
|30.10.2013 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)||TANQ seminar - Legal Searching and Conveyancing- What You Need to Know|
|18.11.13 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)||Life as a Renewable Energy lawyer|
|27/11/2013 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)||The Art of Effective Examination|
|21/10/2013 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)||Practising as an In-House Lawyer|
|23.10.13 (from 6pm)||TANQ seminar - Freedom of Information and Data Protection, the Law and Practice|
|28/10/2013 (from 6pm)||TANQ seminar - Scotland, the law and life sciences|
|25/09/2013 (from 6pm)||TANQ seminar - Family Law: Cohabitation|
|TANQ Committee Members|
|22/05/2013||TANQ / SYLA Joint Criminal Law Seminar|