Seminars - Dundee


8th December 2016    

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

Thorntons, 33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, DD1 4BJ  

18:00 – 19:00

9th February 2017

Social media Misconduct – be careful what you post! Jack Boyle, Blackadders

Thorntons,33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, DD1 4BJ

18:00 – 19:00

9th March 2017

Tour at Sturrock, Comb and Davidson, 102 St Vincent Street, Broughty Ferry,

18.00 - 19.00

13th April 2017

Executry Valuations - Ian Taylor, Taylors Auctioneers of Montrose

Thorntons, 33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, DD1 4BJ

18:00 – 19:00

11th May 2017

Who Gets to Keep the Dog? Craig Samson, Blackadders                                              

Thorntons, 33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, DD1 4BJ

18:00 – 19:00

8th June 2017

A legal practitioner’s guide to adults with incapacity applications,    Laura McDowall, Blackadders                     

Thorntons, 33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, DD1 4BJ

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 - Edinburgh

Dates which seminars will be held for 2017/2018

30/8/17   - Student Reception

27/9/17   - Differences in Scots & English Law, Peter Shand, Murray Beith Murray

24/10/17 - Diploma Ceremony, Law Society of Scotland, (Please note this is a Tuesday)

15/11/17 - TBC

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

21/3/18   - TBC

18/4/18   - TBC

23/5/18   - TBC


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

Tuesday 25th October 2016: Graduation Ceremony & Buffet Booking Form to follow

Tuesday 15th November 2016: Natalie Cooke - Law Society of Scotland - Compliance

Wednesday 8th February 2017: Orlaith Brogan - ESPC - Scottish Property Market

Tuesday 14th March 2017: Siobhan McGuigan - Blackadders - The New Succession Law

Wednesday 19th April 2017: AGM with CPD Meeting & Buffet- Yvonne Cavanagh - Kilted Cousins Family Tree Geneology Booking form to follow

Tuesday 9th May 2017: Graham MacKenzie - Law Society of Scotland - Anti Money Laundering

Wednesday 6th September 2017: Stephen Hay – Gildeas - "No Win, No Fee"

Tuesday 3rd October 2017: Siobhan McQuigan - Blackadders – Wills


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: 01412481888

VicePresident and Class Organiser

Eileen Hastie Tel: 0141 3076759


Kirsteen Conway Tel: 0141 2277817


Karen MacDonald Tel: 0141 8480303

Minutes Secretary

Noreen Hope Tel: 07584 498144

General Committee Members

Liz Brawley Tel: 07879 644340

Jan Williamson Tel: 01236761205

Evelyn Livingston Tel: 01412483828

Gillian Gray Tel: 01314768121

Carrie McQueen Tel: 07889 116625

Janette Cooley Tel: 07986 553707

Ilona Stepinska Tel: 07927 014815

Stacy McAvoyTel: 0141 2483456

Joanna Leitch Tel: 07809 773393

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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