Promoting the education and advancement of law accountants in Scotland.
Welcome to the website for SOLAS. This site is intended to provide information to legal firms, their employees and other associated businesses interested in the work of Scottish Law Accountants. For more information about SOLAS either click on the headings above or contact us directly.
Objectives of the Society
These are laid down in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, to provide an organisation for people employed in accountancy work in Scottish law firms, in which they can meet with others with a view to the interchange of opinion on questions of practice. Our regular branch meetings give facilities for members to hear talks by various speakers and for organising discussion groups. The Society wishes to promote the education and advancement of individuals with a view to assisting them in becoming proficient in all aspects of law accounting. To this end SOLAS has joined with The Law Society of Scotland to provide an Evening Course.
History of SOLAS
The Society originated in 1910 in Aberdeen and flourished until the First World War which disrupted its activities, and in 1924 due to the loss of membership during the War and the lack of new members it was allowed to lapse. In 1953 there was a renewal of interest, again in Aberdeen and the Aberdeen branch was reformed in 1954 and then in 1958, a branch was formed in Glasgow. Branches in Edinburgh and Dundee followed shortly thereafter and although the Dundee branch lapsed for some years it was re-established in 1988. Classes started in Inverness in September 1991 and a branch was formed in 1993.
The participation in training or study of subjects, allowable for all STRUCTURED CPD hours, must be for the purpose of directly enhancing the professional, technical skills of the member of SOLAS as provided for within the following conditions:-
This consists of reading, either from textbooks, update on Law Society Accounts Rules, PAYE Guidelines, Money Laundering and financial related matters etc. Lecturers at LAW SOCIETY/ SOLAS classes may claim unstructured hours only, for preparation of these lectures.
Branch committee meetings, General Council meetings, or attendance at Branch or National AGM do not count towards CPD.
Combinations of structured and unstructured hours are acceptable only when the full amount of structured time has been completed.
If any member is unsure regarding the status of CPD they should contact their branch secretary or treasurer who will advise.
CPD Requirements in regard to maternity leave
If a member goes on maternity leave, their CPD form should be submitted to their local branch in the normal way, together with their subscription for the year. An exemption will be approved by General Council for a total period up to 12 months.
However if maternity leave straddles 2 years the CPD exemption will be apportioned over the 2 years. Therefore CPD forms and subscriptions must be submitted each year, stating maternity leave start and finish dates.
All completed CPD forms and subs must be sent to local branch treasurer by 30th November each year. Any outstanding subs at 31st January will result in the member’s name being deleted from the data base.