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05 Jul

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Attitudes to mental health

Over the last twenty years it has become much more acceptable to talk about mental health. When LawCare was set up in 1997, initially to support legal professionals who had difficulties with alcohol, it was difficult for people to get support, or sympathy, and it seemed as if no-one in the profession wanted to engage with the mental health agenda.

There has been a gradual sea change in society and we have witnessed significant growth and change in the legal profession, as organisations start to embrace the mental health agenda and recognise the need to look after those who need support with mental health issues.  This has accelerated over the past two years.

In Scotland, Legal Wellbeing Scotland launched in June 2016, bringing together 19 representatives from a range of legal professional and educational establishments Driven by LawCare and the Law Society of Scotland, other members include Scottish Young Lawyers Association, Trainee and Newly Qualified Society Scotland, Society of Law Accountants in Scotland, Scottish Paralegal Association, Burness Paull, Pinsent Masons, Adams Law Blairgowrie, Grieve Grierson Moodie & Walker, FDA Procurators Fiscal section, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Midlothian Council, Edinburgh University Counselling Services, Faculty of Advocates, Jack Grant & Co, Hamilton Ross Solicitors, Brodies Solicitors, and the  Royal Bank of Scotland. The goal of Legal Wellbeing Scotland is to promote improved mental health and wellbeing in the Scottish legal profession, by raising awareness and providing best practice solutions.

Recently the Law Society of Scotland launched LawScot Wellbeing, a dedicated online portal on the Law Society of Scotland’s website offering information, help and guidance on emotional wellbeing.

LawCare continues to work with the legal community in Scotland  to promote and support good mental health and wellbeing to all members of the profession – solicitors, barristers, barrister’s clerks, judges, legal executives, paralegals, trade mark attorneys, patent agents, costs lawyers, and their staff and families. Whilst celebrities and sportspeople now talk openly about their mental health issues in the public domain, many in the legal profession still struggle to open up about their problems. Our helpline on 0800 279 6888 is a safe place to talk without judgement and our peer supporters offer one to one support.

Our mission is to help the legal community with personal or professional concerns that may be affecting their mental health and wellbeing, and to promote understanding of how and when to seek help, without fear or stigma.

Find out more about LawCare at www.lawcare.org.uk or if you need to talk call our helpline on 0800 279 6888. You can also follow us on social media https:/twitter.com/LawCareLtd and https://www.facebook.com/LawCare/

Useful Resources (PDFs) 

Ten tips for looking after yourself

How are you really?

Additional information, resources and factsheets are available at www.lawcare.org.uk 

28 Jun

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Rounding up another successful SPA annual conference

Rounding up another successful SPA annual conference including the 2018 Paralegal of the Year Award; the association’s new website; and further planned events this year, including a Dundee conference

Conference highs

One of the Scottish Paralegal Association committee’s biggest tasks every year is to plan and deliver an annual conference for the SPA membership providing useful and accessible CPD. This year’s conference took place at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on 19 April. It was a great success with more than 30 speakers, 150 delegates and 15 exhibitors. It was a very informative and interesting event. The SPA committee would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and in particular our main sponsor First Scottish, our excellent speakers, the staff at Grand Central Hotel and everyone else who participated. Without the generosity of all of our sponsors, the committee would not be able to host events such as this.

With the help of our continued sponsorship, the SPA website scottish-paralegal.org.uk/ is being renewed, and the conference was the perfect opportunity to show delegates a preview of it. At the time of writing the website is now live with more content and features being added all the time, and the committee hope that you will log on to see all the new features that have been added to make your browsing experience more interesting and informative. It is a more powerful website and will let us be more interactive with you. It is a great way to keep up to date with news about your association and will have details of useful upcoming CPD, SPA and networking events. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

The very best

At the conference each year the SPA presents a Paralegal of the Year Award to showcase the fantastic work that we paralegals do. This year the calibre of entrants was exceptional as always. Louise Dallas of TLT LLP was named SPA Paralegal of the Year. Louise commented: “I am very proud to be a paralegal. The level of work undertaken by paralegals is instrumental and I am very encouraged by the recognition being given to paralegals.”

John Paul Sheridan, managing partner Scotland at TLT, added: “Very many congratulations to Louise Dallas for this notable award. As team leader, Louise manages the CDR team in our Glasgow office and, over the past six months, has been instrumental in launching TLT Collect, a debt recovery service, which is handled exclusively within her team. We are delighted for Louise and pleased that her commitment has been officially recognised by this much deserved accolade.”

Fiona Nicoll of Blackadders was awarded runner-up. Fiona said: “A huge thank you also for my award. I am very humbled and honoured to have received such an award from an association which recognises and puts paralegals in such a good light within the Scottish legal profession. I am very proud of my membership with the SPA and even more proud to be recognised for my contribution over the years.”

Lindsay Darroch, partner of Blackadders, observed: “Fiona is a longstanding and loyal member of the firm who has gone above and beyond to give our clients great service and positive solutions. We are delighted that her efforts and dedication have been recognised by this prestigious award from the SPA.”

The committee would like to congratulate again the winners and to thank everyone else who took part.

Still to come

The committee is looking at the possibility of holding an autumn conference in Dundee in October/November this year. Plans are at a very early stage and full details will be shown on our website as soon as they are available. If you would be interested in attending this conference, we would be pleased if you would email us to let us know, and also let us know what practice area you work in so the conference can be tailored to suit those attending.

We have had some very successful “meet and greet” events over the last year and are planning to hold several more in the coming months. These events are free of charge and award a minimum of one hour of CPD. We hope to visit Ayr in the summer and full details will be posted on our website shortly. If you would like us to host a meet and greet in your area please let us know.

Contact us at info@scottish-paralegal.org.uk or President@scottish-paralegal.org.uk
Article appears in http://www.journalonline.co.uk/Magazine/63-6/1024917.aspx and was written by Committee member, Elaine Campbell. 
16 May

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Mental Health Awareness Week May 14-20

How are you, really?

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 14-20 May this year in the UK and this year focuses on stress.

At LawCare we know that life in the law can be challenging and sometimes things can get on top of you.
We also know that people often don’t notice the signs of stress, some of which are:

  • Sleep deprivation: This is a vicious circle: worries about work lead to lack of sleep, which makes it difficult to perform well at work
  • Physical changes: Headaches, skin complaints, frequent colds, aching muscles and digestive problems
  • Drinking and smoking: Many turn to drinking and smoking to cope with the demands of work
  • Eating:  Comfort eating or skipping meals
  • Mood swings: People can become irritated and frustrated, get very angry one minute and feel fine the next. They can be short-tempered or difficult
  • Panic attacks: These can happen suddenly, for no clear reason. It can mean feeling sick, short of breath, shaking, sweating and experiencing a sense of unreality

Chronic stress increases the risk of addictive and damaging behaviour, of developing anxiety, depression and other mental and physical health problems. If you are feeling stressed and want to talk give us a call today.

We’ve been supporting all branches of the legal profession for 20 years: solicitors, barristers, barrister’s clerks, judges, legal executives, paralegals, trademark attorneys, patent agents, costs lawyers, and their staff and families. Our confidential helpline is answered by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand experience of working in the law. We offer a safe place to talk without judgment.

Last year we responded to nearly 900 calls, with half of those calling citing stress and depression as the reason for calling. 

As well our helpline, we offer one-to-one peer support. If needed we can match you with one of our dedicated team of over 100 supporters who will help you work through your problems over a period of weeks or months.

Call our helpline on 0800 279 6888, 365 days a year. We’re open 9 am – 7.30pm weekdays and 10 am – 4 pm weekends and Bank Holidays.

Useful Resources (PDFs) 

Ten tips for looking after yourself

How are you really?

Additional information, resources and factsheets are available at www.lawcare.org.uk 

12 Mar
Review of the regulation of legal services

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01 Mar

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Annual Conference 2018 – Tickets on sale!

Our 2017 Annual Conference was an undeniable success with over 130 paralegals in attendance, enjoying CPD verifiable presentations on Conveyancing, Executry, Criminal, Licensing, Civil and Debt Recovery.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 conference.

Annual Conference 2018
Thursday 19th April 2018
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

05 Feb
Annual Conference 2018 – Tickets on sale!

Our 2017 Annual Conference was an undeniable success with over 130
paralegals in attendance, enjoying CPD verifiable presentations on
Conveyancing, Executry, Criminal, Licensing, Civil and Debt Recovery.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 conference.

Annual Conference 2018
Thursday 19th April 2018
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

If you wish to exhibit at the conference or if you are interested in sponsoring the event then please contact Sandra at info@scottish-paralegal.org.uk for further details.

19 Sep
Leading Legal Excellence: For the Greater Good – Law Society of Scotland Annual Conference 2017

Tuesday 19 September, 9.15am – 5.30pm, Edinburgh International Conference Centre

 

This year the Law Society of Scotland’s Annual Conference places the power of the law to work for the greater good and the motivations – simple or inspirational – with which we all started out in the legal profession firmly in the spotlight.

Keynote speakers include the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC on maintaining the rule of law and the interests of justice in a time of change; Lord President of the Court of Session Lord Carloway reflecting on the future of the Scottish courts; Burness Paull chairman Philip Rodney asking just where Scottish businesses go from here in a world of seemingly unsolvable problems and Olympic gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger sharing the secrets of her incredible success.

Away from the main stage, there is a wide variety of panel sessions to choose from, addressing topics from workplace revolutionising legal technology; helping the vulnerable and those in most need; and equality and diversity with panellists including Karyn McCluskey, Aamer Anwar, Paul Brown and Jolyon Maugham QC to mention just a few.

The conference provides six hours of verifiable CPD and there will also be the opportunity to visit the Law Society of Scotland’s Accredited Paralegal stand, as well as many other exhibitors.

To celebrate the launch of the Law Society of Scotland’s Accredited Paralegal status, Accredited Paralegals can save 20% on the cost of their conference ticket. Accredited Paralegals should email cpd@lawscot.org.uk to request the required booking link.

 

For the full details of theconference or to book your place visit www.lawscot.org.uk/conference2017

05 Sep
Modern Thinking in Conveyancing 2017 – Millar & Bryce

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17 Jul
SPA Annual Conference 2017 – Tickets ON SALE!

Our 2016 Annual Conference was an undeniable success with over 130
paralegals in attendance, enjoying CPD verifiable presentations on
Conveyancing, Executry, Criminal, Licensing, Civil and Debt Recovery.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 conference.

Annual Conference 2017
Thursday 20th April 2017
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

If you wish to exhibit at the conference or if you are interested in sponsoring the event then please contact Sandra at info@scottish-paralegal.org.uk for further details.

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16 Mar
SPA Annual Conference 2017 Agenda

To download you conference agenda click on the image below.

We look forward to seeing you.