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

Life as an in-house lawyer - Wednesday 29 October 2014 (from 6pm)

Want to learn more about working as an in-house lawyer? Come along to our panel event featuring Lynda Towers (Scottish Parliament), Helen Arnot (STV), and Ruth Paterson (Enable)

Related Website: http://www.rfpg.org/cpd:booking
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Posted by RFPG on 09 Oct 2014 15:48

Life as a Lawyer in the Armed Forces - Thursday 27 November 2014 (from 6pm)

TANQ is delighted to welcome Wing Commander Allan R M Steele to the RFPG library to provide our members with an overview of life as a solicitor within the RAF followed by a Q&A session.

In his role as an RAF legal officer, he has been posted to Germany, Australia, the USA, and the Netherlands. Allan also founded Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA) in July 2013. This is a nationwide scheme, bringing together lawyers from all parts of the United Kingdom to help members of the armed forces when they need assistance.

Wing Commander Steele is a Scots qualified solicitor, notary public and Writer to the Signet. His most recent service has principally been in the field of international humanitarian law.

After several years of practising as a solicitor in the public and private sectors, Steele attended Initial Officer Training (Specialist Entrant and Re-Entrant course) at RAF College Cranwell.

He was educated at the University of Strathclyde (LLB(Hons) 2:1; Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practise; and LLM in Information and Telecommunications Law) and the University of Glasgow (Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology). Whilst practising as a civilian lawyer, Steele stood for election to local government (1999), the Westminster Parliament (2001) and the Scottish Parliament (2003), increasing his party’s share of the vote on all occasions. He was previously the vice chairman of the local constituency political party he represented and is a former member of the Royal Naval Reserve.

He was initially posted to RAF Legal Services (Northern Germany) where he provided defence legal representation to members of HM Armed Forces at courts martial and police interviews throughout the world.

In 2005 he was selected to represent that RAF on Exercise LONG LOOK when he spent four months on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Steele was posted to HQ USAF in the Pentagon where he served as an exchange officer in the USAF Operations and International Law Directorate. During this period he served as both a student and member of the teaching staff at the USAF Judge Advocate General’s School. He also jointly authored the USAF publication Air Force Operations & The Law. Steele was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal by the President of the United States at the end of his exchange posting with the USAF.

In Jan 10 Steele was posted to the Regional Legal Office (Northern) at RAF Lossiemouth, deploying shortly thereafter as the legal adviser to the UK Air Component Commander at 83 Expeditionary Air Group in Al Udeid. He was promoted to wing commander in June 2011 and went on to be the legal adviser to the UK Air Component Commander for operations in Libya. Postings to HQ Air Command and NATO HQ Joint Force Command Brunssum followed.

He currently serves as the legal adviser to the United Kingdom Air Warfare Centre.

His interests include politics (specifically constitutional issues and social justice) and a number of charitable initiatives.

Related Website: http://www.rfpg.org/cpd:booking
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Posted by RFPG on 01 Oct 2014 08:15

An Introduction to Mediation - Wednesday 3 December 2014 (from 6pm)

Speakers: Liam Entwistle (Dispute Resolution Partner, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP) and a speaker from the Young Mediators' Group.

The YMG are going to give a brief talk on what mediation is, what they do, etc. and Liam will speak about mediation in a civil litigation context.

Related Website: http://www.rfpg.org/cpd:booking
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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
Thursday 27 November 2014 (from 6pm) Life as a Lawyer in the Armed Forces
Wednesday 3 December 2014 (from 6pm) An Introduction to Mediation
Thursday 16 October 2014 (from 6pm) TANQ Seminar - Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012
Friday 19th September 2014 Diploma Students and TANQ Social
3.9.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Debate - Should Scotland be Independent? – The Legal Consequences
17 July 2014 (6pm - ) TANQ Summer Social
11.6.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Seminar - An Introduction to Immigration Law
30.4.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Seminar - An Introduction to Family Law
7.5.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) TANQ Seminar - How to Tackle Stress: Assertiveness and Managing Difficult People
12.3.14 from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) Court Presentation Skills Workshop with Bridget McCann
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