TANQ Society

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.

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TANQ Forthcoming Events

TANQ Seminar - An Introduction to Family Law - 30.4.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a family lawyer? Is it always about appearing in court to argue over who gets to keep the dog? Why not listen to Tom Quail speak on what the daily life of a family lawyer in private practice is really all about.

Tom Quail, Partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, works with families of all shapes and sizes to navigate through the choppy waters of separation, including civil partnerships, and divorce.
His core skills lie in helping couples and families manage the legal side of their relationship. That may be through pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, dissolution of civil partnerships or divorce.
Tom is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family Law. He is also an accredited family law mediator, trained in collaborative law (to interdisciplinary standard) and a Solicitor Advocate.
In addition to this, he is also a member of the Institute of Accredited Collaborative Practitioners, a convenor of CALM, the organisation of solicitor mediators and a regular speaker and writer on various family law matters.

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TANQ Seminar - How to Tackle Stress: Assertiveness and Managing Difficult People - 7.5.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Following on from the extremely successful Law Care Seminar, the TANQ Committee are pleased to announce Fiona Westwood will be giving a seminar on How to Tackle Stress: Assertiveness and Managing Difficult People.

Fiona has worked in private practice for many years and established Westwood Associates in 1994 to provide management and training consultancy services to the professional services sector (http://www.westwood-associates.com). She writes regularly for the Journal.

This seminar will include guidance on how to be more assertive when you find yourself in challenging situations. In particular, dealing with demanding people can be extremely stressful. Fiona will talk about how to manage difficult individuals, including colleagues, superiors and Sheriffs and … clients (both civil and criminal). She’ll look at managing client expectation and what to do when that expectation is too high.

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TANQ Seminar - An Introduction to Immigration Law - 11.6.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)

TANQ is delighted to host another joint event with SYLA providing an introduction to Immigration Law. Our speakers for the event will include Grace McGill of specialist immigration firm McGill & Co and Claire Speedie of the Scottish Government. Further details to follow.

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TANQ Debate - Should Scotland be Independent? – The Legal Consequences - 3.9.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm)

The TANQ committee are delighted to host a debate on Scottish Independence in association with Compass Chambers. Kay Springham will chair a hearty and topical legal debate between the Yes and No camps of Barney Ross and Clare Connelly. (Please note this is an academic exercise and is not intended to represent the advocates’ personal views). Drinks and nibbles will also be provided.

The debate will focus on the legal issues at stake in the referendum and the consequences of independence. This is undoubtedly an event not to be missed. Sign up now at www.rfpg.org/cpd:booking

The TANQ committee are also thrilled to offer two members the chance to work alongside either Barney or Clare to prepare and take part in the debate. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside two extremely accomplished advocates. You will gain an invaluable insight into how Counsel approaches legal debates. You will be given an opportunity to understand the logic behind their approach to legal debates and the importance of their research methods.

If you are interested in applying please email a short paragraph (maximum 250 words) on why you should be picked to tanq@rfpg.org before 27 June 2014. We will announce the winners shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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TANQ Committee

Committee Members are -

* Ailidh Ballantyne, Wright Johnstone & Mackenzie
* Kelly Brotherhood, HBM Sayers
* Katie McKenna, Harper Macleod
* Collette Miller, Harper Macleod
* David Nicholson, McCusker, McElroy & Gallanagh
* Andrew Ronald, Maclay Murray & Spens

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

Date Title
7.5.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Seminar - How to Tackle Stress: Assertiveness and Managing Difficult People
11.6.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Seminar - An Introduction to Immigration Law
3.9.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Debate - Should Scotland be Independent? – The Legal Consequences
12.3.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) Court Presentation Skills Workshop with Bridget McCann
29/01/2014 Mortgage Clinic
11/12/2013 (from 6pm) TANQ Christmas Social 2013
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
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