Support in the downturn
News and Current Issues
LawCare is running a nationwide survey of Stress in
the Legal Profession. Interim results are out,
but you can still participate.
LawCare, the charity which helps lawyers with problems such as
stress, depression and alcohol misuse, is conducting a survey about
levels of stress in the legal profession. Over eight hundred
lawyers have taken part so far.
Download further details including interim results from the
related file or take the survey by using this link.
As part of the Society's work to support solicitors during the
downturn, we have produced a practical guide, free to our
members, Surviving the Downturn: A Practical Guide for
Individuals. This publication is aimed at solicitors
who have found themselves out of work during this difficult time,
be that through redundancy, at the end of a traineeship, or are
individuals finding it hard to return to the profession after some
A copy of this publication can be downloaded from the related
The guide has the dual aims of helping out-of-work solicitors find
the right opportunity for them, and also providing practical
information to help solicitors through a period of
The guide is divided into five sections:
1. Managing your finances provides practical
financial advice to those who have been made redundant, from
dealing with debt to claiming benefits.
2. How to find a new job encourages individuals to
consider their options and gives useful information about
job-hunting, applications and CVs and interview techniques.
3. Keeping in touch includes advice on CPD,
practising certificates and networking.
4. Taking care of yourself deals with looking
after your wellbeing if made redundant.
5. Returning to work gives practical information
on restoration to the roll of solicitors as well as effective
techniques to help you settle in to your new job.
Being out of work can be an immensely stressful time. However, this
guide aims to provide sensible advice and support, to help members
cope and also move onto the next stage in their career.
In addition to the free download, a limited number of paper
copies can be made available. Please contact professional support if you would like a
copy, or have any other queries.
A range of other support and information is available. Please
see Pastoral Support Factsheet available from the
related link and the information for those facing
To keep knowledge current or refreshed
Please keep checking our events page. If you see an event you
would like to attend and you mention to Update that you are
presently between jobs, they may be able to offer you a reduced
price or perhaps a free place, depending on circumstances and if
the event is not otherwise fully booked. There is also the option
of ordering DVDs showing previous events.
In parallel to the options available through www.lawscotjobs.co.uk
the Society maintains a register of practitioners who are available
to work as locums.
Full details of both services are available from the Locum Register
page of the website.
A summary of relevant information is also available
in the fact sheet which can be downloaded by using
the related file.
If you have a locum placement available to fill
please get in touch and let us know.
There are some independent organisations that already offer
training of paralegals. In addition, in August 2010 the Society
launched its own scheme of training and accreditation for
paralegals who wish to be registered and regulated by the
Society. See our paralegals section.
Any solicitor employed in-house by any organisation and not in
private practice is automatically a member of the Society's In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG). All
members of ILG are entitled to free CPD offered at regular
early evening sessions at the Law Society.
In-house solicitors who have been made redundant can still take
up the benefit of these free events, certainly while they
hold a full practising certificate. Please keep in touch with
the ILG secretary at the
Society, who will be able to discuss your continuing to attend
these events if you wish, after expiry of the certificate.