The Scottish Paralegal Association


17 Jul
Save the date – Annual Conference 2017

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.

Put it in your diary and get ready for an even bigger and better event than this year.

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 for further details.

Save the date.pdf

03 Apr
Scottish Paralegal Association Conference Agenda 2016

Annual Conference – Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on 21st April, 2016

Preparations are well ahead of schedule for the annual Conference.  All very interesting speakers and topics.  To date, the speakers and timings (this will be updated as and when anything changes) are as follows:-

Conference Timings

8.45am to 9.10            Registration

9.10am to 9.15am       Presidents Welcome

9.15am to 9.25am       Millar & Bryce Welcome

9.25am to 9.35am       Scott & Co Welcome

9.35m to 9.45am         ROS

9.45am to 11.15am     Breakout Sessions

11.15am to 11.30am    Comfort Break – teas and coffees

11.30am to 1pm          Breakout Sessions

1pm to 1.45pm            Lunch

1.45pm to 3.15pm       Breakout Sessions

3.15pm to 3.30pm       Comfort Break – teas and coffees

3.30pm to 4.15pm       Trish, McLellan, Lawcare – Generic CPD

4.15pm to Close          Paralegal of Year Award

Raffles etc

Vote of thanks

Breakout Sessions Timings:


9.45am to 10.15          Louise Johnston, Turcan Connell

10.15am to 11.15am   Davy Thomson, Millar & Bryce

11.30am to 12.15pm   Laura Neilson, ROS – First Registrations – Right First Time

12.15pm to 1pm          Donald Reid

1.45pm to 2.30pm       Stephanie Brown, ROS – Digital Transformation Programme –                                 E-discharges

2.30pm to 3.15pm       Ian Keith, Dual Asset


9.45am to 10.15am     Paul MacAulay, Turcan Connell

10.15am to 11.15        Alan Eccles, Brodies

11.30am to 12.15pm   Roddy Harrison, BTO

12.15pm to 1pm          Dorothy Kellas, Lindsays

1.45pm to 2.15pm       Mark Harris Pagan Osborne

2.15pm to 3.15pm       Adrian Ward, TC Young – TBC


9.45am to 10.30am     David Glancy, PF Glasgow

10.30am to 11.15am   David Nellaney, Digby Brown

11.30am to 1pm          Gary Munro, SSSC and Anne Quinn, Jardine Donaldson

1.45pm to 3.15pm       Catherine Crowe, Civil Legal Assistance Office

Debt Recovery/Licensing

9.45am to 11.15 am    William Cameron and Alex Irvine,  Scott & Co

11.30am to 12.15pm   Emma McIlwraith, Optima Legal –PCF and debt recovery and vulnerable people

12.15pm to 1pm          William Cameron and Alex Irvine, Scott & Co

1.45pm to 2.30pm       William Cameron and Alex Irvine, Scott & Co

2.30pm to 3.15pm       Stephen McGowan, TLT

Look forward to seeing you all at the conference

Jacqueline Burns


Scottish Paralegal Association

28 Mar
Scott + Co Law Awards 2016

Scottish Paralegal Association would like to congratulate Mark Harris of Pagan Osborne for winning the Paralegal of the Year at the Scott & Co Law Awards recently.

Mark is one of our speakers at our Conference on 21st April, 2016.

Congratulations Mark from the Committee of SPA.

(L to R Dougie Vipond of BBC Scotland, Donald Walker assistant editor The Scotsman, Mark Harris of Pagan Osborne, Catriona Shearer BBC Scotland

02 Mar
Scottish Paralegal Association – AGM 2016

Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 9th April, 2016 at 1pm in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.


President’s Introduction and Annual Review

Treasurer’s Accounts and Report

Election of Office Bearers

President: Jacqueline Burns
Vice President: Nicola Heggie
Treasurer: Sandra Reid
Secretary: Carol McQuillan

Committee Members:

Relection of Catherine Muir and Graeme McClumpha

Election of New Members – Paul Kirkwood and Alison Smith

Sub Committee Members – Anne McDowall and Jenny Livingstone

Proposed Changes to Constitution

Change registered address to c/o Law Society of Scotland, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX (or our own Legal Post Box is LP-3, Bridge of Allan).

At Clause 8 – the words “not more that” shall be deleted and there shall be substituted therefore the words “a minimum of”


01 Feb
Scottish Paralegal Association Annual Conference 2016

Tickets are now on sale for this years Scottish Paralegal Association Annual Conference.

The event will take place on Thursday 21st April at the Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF.

Conference Agenda

15 Dec
Paralegal of the Year news and application forms

This is just a quick reminder to all of our members about our Paralegal of the Year award sponsored by Millar and Bryce. The winner will be chosen by our panel of expert judges including our very own Jacqueline Burns. Application forms can be downloaded here (application form) and should be signed off by your supervising solicitor. Entries must be submitted by email to by close of business on the 24th December 2015 and the winner will be announced at our annual conference at the Grand Central Hotel on the 21st April 2016.

Remember, if you do not enter you cannot win! Good luck!

Click here to download your application form.

07 Nov
RoS urges land registration applicants to prepare for deadline in advance of switchover

Final arrangements for the switchover to the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 on Monday, 8 December are now in place. Registers of Scotland (RoS) has issued a reminder to those affected by the imminent change in land registration that the last day for receipt of 1979 Act applications is Wednesday, 3 December.

The move to the 2012 Act is the biggest change to property registration for a generation and, to accommodate the move to the new IT systems required for the 2012 Act, the Land Register and General Register of Sasines will have to be closed on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December. As a result, related IT services will also be unavailable on these dates – Registers Direct, eForms and ARTL. Registers of Scotland customer service centres and offices will be open as usual.

All applications made under the 1979 Act must be received by us by 16.30 on Wednesday 3 December.Any applications received after this date will be returned so that they can be completed on the 2012 Act application form and re-submitted. There will be no rejection fee charged.

An appointment system has also been set up to manage personal presentments from Monday 24 November until 4.30pm Wednesday 3 December and more information on booking an appointment atMeadowbank House or Hanover House is available on the dedicated 2012 Act website

Further information on the practical arrangements for the designated day is available at:

11 Sep
Scottish Paralegal Association Paralegal of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that we are introducing a Paralegal of the Year award which will be open to all SPA members. The award will be presented at the annual conference next year and applications will be opened up soon. We will be emailing the application form to members so watch out for yours reaching your inbox and get it completed and sent back.

You cannot win if you are not in!

11 Sep
Are you short of CPD or would you like to meet fellow paralegals?

You have also told us that those of you who live outwith the central belt would like to have some kind of event more local than Glasgow and, the committee are happy to host a networking event, say in Perth or Inverness. This could be a late afternoon/evening event or even on a Saturday. We can also arrange to include CPD depending on numbers.

If this is something that you would be interested in then please email us at and tell us what area is convenient to you, whether afternoon/evening and what area of law you work in. We will collate your responses and come back to you with suggestions.

11 Sep
Conference 2015 Feedback

Thank you to those who completed the Feedback Form from this year’s conference. Your views give us very helpful information. You told us that the specialised CPD was great and as a result we will continue to offer this and will also try and include some other specialisms.

It’s not too late to send your feedback to us as we need to know how many subject areas and topics you would like us to cover. Please email us at