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 / SYLA Joint Criminal Law Seminar - 22/05/2013
"Hearsay Evidence and Prior Witness Statements"
Edith Forrest, Advocate, of Connarty Advocates and Michael Meehan, Advocate, of Black Chambers, will address the differences between primary and secondary hearsay evidence and its admissibility in the criminal courts. The case of A v H.M.A will be discussed and how to put prior statements to witnesses. The differences between s260, Jamieson and s263(4) will be explored.
Family Law Seminar - 01/05/2013
Joint TANQ / SYLA event
TANQ (in association with the Scottish Young Lawyers' Association) are delighted to invite you to a seminar on the Same Sex Marriage.
Fiona Sasan, Partner at Morton Fraser, will consider the current law on civil partnerships and look at the proposed changes in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
Professor Kenneth Norrie, Professor at Strathclyde University School of Law, will address the history of legislation affecting same sex relationships and provide an overview of the issues from an international law perspective.
Light refreshments to follow this seminar are kindly sponsored by Morton Fraser.
This event will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 1st May 2013 at the Royal Faculty of Procurators, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow and may qualify for 1 hour CPD
Employability Panel with CV Clinic - 29/05/2013
Panel members: Rona Cargill (Harper MacLeod LLP), Jill Cowan (Lusona), Jennifer McMartin (Glasgow City Council)
This event will be an informal Q & A session featuring a distinguished panel of representatives who have a wealth of experience within the recruitment sector of the legal profession. This event should provide an overview of what recruiters are looking for, how to make your CV stand out and some top tips for interviews. Whether you are still looking for a traineeship, planning your next career move with your current employer, or looking for a new challenge, our panel will provide essential information to help you achieve your career goals.
In addition to the panel question and answer session, Jill Cowan from Lusona has kindly offered to assist with a CV clinic. Jill will be available to review your CV and provide hints and tips to make it more appealing to Employers.
TANQ Summer Social - 12/06/2013
The TANQ Summer Social is an informal evening - with four distinguished panel members sharing the benefit of their experience in the legal profession in a question and answer session. Followed by a buffet and refreshments and a chance to network and socialise.
On the panel are -
George Moore QC
Sheriff Aisha Anwar
The Right Hon Lord Bonomy (Iain Bonomy)
Born on 15 January 1946 in Motherwell, Iain Bonomy attended Dalziel High School and the School of Law of the University of Glasgow, graduating LL.B. in 1968. He undertook his apprenticeship as a solicitor at East Kilbride Town Council between 1968 - 1970, before moving into practice with Ballantyne and Copland in Motherwell, rising to become a partner. In 1983, he left to begin devilling, and in 1984 was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates, taking silk in 1993. He also served as an Advocate Depute between 1990 and 1993 and Home Advocate Depute from 1993 until 1996. In 1996 served as Senior Counsel to the Dunblane Inquiry. In 1997, he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, Scotland's supreme courts, taking the judicial title, Lord Bonomy. He sat primarily on civil and criminal cases at first instance, although occasionally sat on appellate business. A tabloid newspaper nicknamed him "Judge Dread" when he jailed a heroin-dealer for ten years for failing within twenty-four hours to name his supplier. In 2001, he led a review for the Scottish Executive of the Practices and Procedure of the High Court; the report, Improving Practice - the 2002 Review of the Practices and Procedures of the High Court of Justiciary was published in December 2002. From 1998 until 2004 he held office as a Surveillance Commissioner. In 2004, he was appointed to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting as a judge on many high profile cases, and presiding over the trial of former Serbian President Milan Milutinović. In August 2008, he was appointed to preside over preparations for the trial of captured former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić. He resigned from the ICTY in 2009 and returned to Parliament House. Following his return to Parliament House on 1 September 2009, he has again been appointed a Surveillance Commissioner, and with effect from 16 August 2010 was appointed to the Inner House and appointed to the Privy Council in October 2010. He retired in 2012. He is an honorary graduate (LL.D) of the University of Strathclyde, and an Honorary Bencher of The Inner Temple.
Sheriff Aisha Yaqoob Anwar
Born in Pakistan, Sheriff Aisha Anwar attended Portobello High School where she became School Dux. She studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. She accepted a traineeship with Maclay Murray and Spens in 1998 and boldly advised them and she had no interest in litigation – she was destined to be a tax lawyer! Sheriff Anwar remained with Maclay Murray & Spens until she accepted a partnership with DLA Piper in January 2009 and later became Head of Litigation, Scotland. Sheriff Anwar has authored many articles and has spoken widely on a range of legal topics. She has lectured at Heriot Watt University and tutored at Edinburgh University. The Chambers Directory notes that she is ‘hailed as a brilliant and very through lawyer’. Her clients have described her preparation for court as ‘second to none’ and noted that she ‘provides extremely sound legal advice’. In private practice her clients included a large number of blue chip companies and household names and she also acted for a large number of Scotland’s police forces and private prison services. Her specialisms included health and safety law, aviation law, judicial review, shareholder disputes, contractual and delictual claims and fatal accident inquiries. Most recently, at the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Colin McCrae, she acted on behalf of the manufacturer of the helicopter involved in the accident.
Sheriff Anwar was appointed a Part Time Sheriff in 2011 and retired from private practice in 2012 to concentrate on her part-time judicial career and spend more time with her family.
Committee Members are -
* Kelly Brotherhood, HBM Sayers
* Melanie Christy, Clarity Law (Scotland) Ltd.
* Sofia Crolla, Kerr Brown
* Katie McKenna, Harper MacLeod
* Collette Miller, Harper MacLeod
* 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
|01/05/2013||Family Law Seminar|
|29/05/2013||Employability Panel with CV Clinic|
|12/06/2013||TANQ Summer Social|
|05/12/2012||TANQ Christmas Social 2012|
|TANQ Committee Members|
|28/11/2012||TANQ Seminar - Social media for lawyers: How to achieve your online goals without throwing away chargeable hours.|
|19/09/2012||TANQ Seminar: Life as an Advocate|
|04/07/2012||TANQ Summer Social|
|18/04/2012||Seminar - Life as a Criminal Solicitor|