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Update re the COP26 Duty Solicitor Scheme

Dear colleague,

The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow is as aware as any solicitor or legal organisation in Scotland as to issues around legal aid and access to justice. No-one looking in objectively and fairly can interpret the current and longstanding regime of funding for the poorest and most vulnerable in this country as anything other than grossly unfair and unsatisfactory.

We as an institution support our members, solicitors generally and the public of Scotland in seeking a better and a stronger system of legal aid. Sometimes there is a need for positive action on top of the regular negotiation and pressure that is put on government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. That action has to be proportionate, professional and productive.

Akin to the other caring professions, any withdrawal of labour is a double-edged sword. Those already in distress have to suffer the withdrawal of their support – i.e. solicitors – when in most need. No matter how conscientious our intentions, this can be deployed for negative publicity by those who oppose our aims. Lawyers rarely get a good press, and a strike, or the equivalent, can frankly be spun against us.

We recognise Cop26 presents as an opportunity for a major, indeed international, showcase for solicitors’ grievances. The potential for large numbers of new cases arising from demonstrations and civil protest action has brought a likely need for solicitors to work harder even than usual in doing our part in processing new and large numbers of cases. It is perfectly logical that this is taken as an opportunity to do what is needed to bolster our case for more adequate funding and recognitions.

But the very scale of the event has other connotations. Public order may be compromised by withdrawal of labour – or at very least presented as such. Individual clients will be forced to ensure a more difficult time being prosecuted than otherwise. And the absence of lawyers leaves a gap for those opposing or criticising us to gain more traction than they would otherwise.

Any negative warning here is based not on lack of support or understanding. But experience has shown that unilateral actions of this sort are in the realm of gesture politics, and have never done much for us, and have been frankly a catalyst for criticism – even ridicule. Such gains as there have been – it is right to say these have been limited, and there is a long way to go – have been by careful, determined and hard-working negotiation, in a calm and determined manner, over time. Our case is right, but we have needed to go slowly and grindingly. Drama and gesture have done nothing to advance the cause.

We ask all those concerned to take a calm, studied and professional approach.

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Kingsley Wood and Co Solicitors Ltd

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Kingsley Wood and Co Solicitors Ltd

Long established practice seeks full time legal secretary based in our Kilmacolm office.

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Private Client Solicitor

The PRG Partnership

The PRG Partnership has been providing legal services from offices in Glasgow and elsewhere in the West of Scotland for almost 50 years.

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Leonards Solicitors Ltd

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Commercial Solicitor (up to 5yrs PQ)

T C Young

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Private Client Solicitor

Neill Clerk & Murray

Neill Clerk & Murray are looking to recruit a qualified solicitor to deal with private client transactions including conveyancing, estate administration, wills, powers of attorney etc within our Greenock office. The ideal candidate will be able to manage their own caseload, have experience in a client facing role, good organisational skills, be able to work both independently and as part of team and have good interpersonal skills. Part time/flexible working will be considered and salary will be dependent on experience.

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Private Client Solicitor/Paralegal

Neill Clerk & Murray

Neill Clerk & Murray are looking to recruit a qualified solicitor or paralegal to assist with private client transactions including conveyancing, estate administration, wills, powers of attorney etc to work within our Greenock office. The ideal candidate will have good organisational skills, be able to work both independently and as part of team and have good interpersonal skills. Part time/flexible working will be considered and salary will be dependent on experience.

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Paralegal/Legal Secretary

Ruthven Keenan Pollock & Co.

Ruthven Keenan Pollock & Co. are looking for an experienced paralegal/secretary to assist with private client and residential conveyancing matters.

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Private Client Solicitor

Watersrule Solicitors

We are looking for a Qualified Solicitor 0-2 YQ to work in Stirling and Tillicoultry to carry out Private Client including conveyancing, executries etc.

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Residential Conveyancing Solicitor

Black Hay

Black Hay are looking for a solicitor with at least a few years' PQE in conveyancing (mostly residential but also some commercial likely) for both their Prestwick & Ayr offices.

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TANQ - Trainee and Newly Qualified Society Committee Members

TANQ (the Royal Faculty's Society for trainee and NQ lawyers) is looking to recruit new Committee members.

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Glasgow Legal Walk 2021

The Royal Faculty is very pleased to be sponsoring the Glasgow Legal Walk 2021 which takes place on Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 5.30pm.

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Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor

Archibald Sharp

Solicitors and Estate Agents

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SCTS survey for legal professionals involved in Jury Trials in the Sheriff Court and High Court

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is seeking feedback from those involved with jury trials following the introduction of new arrangements for conducting jury trials with jurors in remote jury centres and would be grateful if those involved with jury trials could assist by completing a short survey.

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Coronavirus Guidance in respect of Civil and Criminal Business

Updated Civil and Criminal Guidance for Glasgow and Strathkelvin Sheriffdom - both take effect next Monday, 28th June 2021.

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AGM 3 June 2021

At the Royal Faculty's AGM on 3 June Donald Reid demitted office as Dean.

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Annual General Meeting 3.6.21 at 1pm

The Royal Faculty's Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 3rd of June 2021 at 1pm. 

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Royal Faculty Library

From 17 May 2021 the library will be open as follows - 
Mon.-Thurs.    9am-7pm
Fri.                  9am-5pm

It is also hoped that weekend opening will restart very soon.

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RFPG Arbitration Service

As the business world starts to face up to a gradual return to what was normal, all forecasts suggest disputes will rise. Business should be giving thought to how best to have these resolved.

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