Seminars - Dundee


Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party Jack Boyle, Blackadders

30th November 2017 Thorntons, Dundee 18:00 – 19:00  

The Robots Are Coming! Laura Hutt, EQ Accountants  

8th February 2018 Thorntons, Dundee 18:00 – 19:00  

Executry Valuations Ian Taylor, Taylor Auction Rooms  

8th March 2018 Thorntons, Dundee 18.00-19.00  

Topic TBC  Stewart Dunbar, Blackadders

12th April 2018 Thorntons, Dundee 18:00 – 19:00  

QLTR Robert Sandeman, QLTR Office  

10th May 2018 Thorntons, Dundee 18:00 – 19:00  

How Digital Are Your Clients? EQ Accountants  

7th June 2018 Thorntons, Dundee 18:00 – 19:00


Each Seminar should last approximately 1 hour (from 6pm until 7pm) and will qualify for CPD.

You are reminded that Members of the Society require a minimum of FIVE HOURS structured CPD (organised talks etc) together with FIVE HOURS

Unstructured (reading etc) each year.



Seminars - Aberdeen

Aberdeen Branch are having a Social Evening for members on Thursday 29th March at Ma Camerons -

Drinks and nibbles are being served between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. 

Could any member who is still to return their contact form to Joyce Forbes please do so.

Seminars - Edinburgh

Dates which seminars will be held for 2017/2018

30/8/17   - Student Reception

27/9/17   - Executry and Power of Attorney issues, Richard Murray, Solicitor, Connell & Connell

26/10/17 - Diploma Ceremony, Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh

15/11/17 - Differences in Scots & English Law, Peter Shand, Murray Beith Murray

21/2/18   - Money Laundering Regulations 2017, Graham Mackenzie, Law Society of Scotland

21/3/18   - Issues Affecting Firms Today, Russell Eadie, Law Society of Scotland

25/4/18   - AGM followed by Cashroom Procedures, Natalie Cooke, Law Society of Scotland

23/5/18   - Interactions of Allowances for IHT, Mark Harris, Ennova Law

*CHANGE OF VENUE****                                                                                                                                                                                             

Seminars are held at the RICS meeting rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD and will start at 6pm with coffee/tea/biscuits from 5.30pm

Seminars - Glasgow



All meetings are held (unless otherwise stated in writing) at The Royal Faculty of Procurators, 12 Nelson Mandela Square, Glasgow, G2 IBT

Meetings, which qualify for CPD, commence at 6.00pm (with complimentary coffee/tea from 5.30pm)

Unless otherwise stated no further notification of meetings will be issued and members should make a note of key dates in their diary

Any friends/colleagues of Members are welcome to attend our meetings which are free to members and their friends/colleagues

Wednesday 25st October 2017, Graduation Ceremony & Buffet, Booking Form to follow (by email).

Tuesday 14th November 2017, Jack Boyle, Blackadders – Do’s and Don’ts at the office party

Wednesday 7th February 2018, Tricia Meiklejohn - Commissary Clerk, Paisley Sheriff Court

Tuesday 13th March 2018, Craig Samson, - Blackadders – Family Law, The Big Issue-Who Gets to Keep the Dog?

Wednesday 18th April 2018, AGM with CPD Meeting & Buffet, Booking form to follow (by email), Jack Boyle, Blackadders – Social Media Misconduct

Tuesday 8th May 2018, Graham Mackenzie – Law Society of Scotland, Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

Wednesday 5th September 2018, Toni McNicoll – Blackadders, Income and Capital Gains Tax in an Executry

Tuesday 2th October 2018, Siobhan McGuigan - Blackadders,  Guardianships


Members are at present required to complete 5 hours structured and 5 hours unstructured training between 1st November and 31st October each year.

CPD and Subscription Forms are available online at

Please note that completed CPD forms and annual fees must be submitted to Dorothy Nicholson - Administrator no later than 30th November.

Glasgow Branch Committee


Shirley Green Tel: 0141 248 1888

Vice President

Gillian Gray Tel: 0131 476 8121

Class Organiser

Noreen Hope Tel: 07584 498144



Karen MacDonald Tel: 0141 848 0303


Minutes Secretary

Stacy McAvoy Tel: 0141 248 3456


Kirsteen Conway Tel: 0141 227 7817


General Committee Members

Jan Williamson Tel: 01236 756 188

Evelyn Livingstone Tel: 0141 552 3422

Carrie McQueen Tel: 07981 275917

Janette Cooley Tel: 07986 553707

Ilona Stepinska Tel: 07927 014815

Liz Brawley Tel: 07879 644340

Lorraine Rillie Tel: 07920 198020

If anyone is interested in joining the committee please contact a committee member.


CPD Requirements

Requirements for CPD


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:-  

  1. The training or study must be relevant to the core subjects studied to gain membership of SOLAS
  2. Or the training or study must be relevant to a professional duty considered by SOLAS General Council to be appropriate for performance by a member of SOLAS within a Legal Office, e.g. Practice Management, Office Management, Financial Accountancy, Health and Safety; this provision to be limited to a total of 2 CPD hours in any CPD year.   
  3. The following are examples of duties, which are considered by SOLAS General Council NOT to be allowable for CPD under provision (b) above – Estate Agency, Conveyancing.
  4. The following will NOT be allowed for STRUCTURED, or for UNSTRUCTURED CPD hours – participation in training or study for the purpose of enhancing the mental or physical wellbeing and/or personal skills of the member of SOLAS, e.g. stress management, memory enhancement, team-building, i.e. the activity does NOT bear a direct relationship to the technical skills required to carry out the professional[DN1] duties of the member of SOLAS.


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.


Seminars - Inverness

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