Pinsent Masons are a global commercial law firm, which responds to the pressures and opportunities facing global businesses with innovative solutions.

With 24 offices globally, they have the footprint and expertise to support commercial demands. They advise clients with global operations and recognise that giving a first class legal service goes beyond purely legal guidance. A solid understanding of local cultural and commercial issues and an innovative approach underpins all of their advice. They understand the key political, economic, commercial and regulatory issues, helping to minimise risk and maximise opportunities.

Pinsent Masons have particular expertise in four key market sectors: Advanced Manufacturing & Technology, Energy, Financial Services and Infrastructure. They provide a strong local presence with an excellent understanding of the local market, backed up by their innovative technologies and worldwide pool of resource.

Why is the firm supporting the Lawscot Foundation?

Pinsent Masons is proud to work in partnership with the Lawscot Foundation who help support the next generation of solicitors in Scotland.  Our involvement provides financial assistance through an annual bursary together with work placements and mentoring support and is available to talented students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland studying a law degree and planning to complete the Diploma in Legal Practice at an accredited University in Scotland. 

 

Why is diversity in the profession important to the firm?

Without the support and commitment of our people we wouldn't be the successful, growing business that we are today. That's why we work hard to sustain an inclusive culture for our people and attain a diverse workforce that is fully representative of all of the communities in which we live and work.

We are committed to avoiding discrimination and promoting equality and diversity through all our employment practices. Our responsible business programme seeks to challenge us, and express our commitment to responsible and sustainable relationships with our people, clients and suppliers, and our local and global communities.

This means managing our impact on the environment, working together with our clients and suppliers to develop sustainable relationships, and creating an inclusive working environment where everyone can achieve their potential.

Dickson Minto is a leading UK law firm specialising in providing corporate and commercial legal services with offices in Edinburgh and London.

Since it was established in 1985, it has grown substantially and is now one of the top rated corporate and commercial legal practices in the UK with particular specialisms in private equity, investment funds and finance.

The firm acts for over 50 quoted companies across a wide range of industry sectors. In private equity the firm has been lead lawyer in over £100 billion of transactions and represents a number of leading private equity houses, many of whom operate internationally.

Dickson Minto recruits graduates from all of the Scots law faculties and offers in depth training together with six months guaranteed experience in London.

Why Dickson Minto supports the Lawscot Foundation

Dickson Minto is delighted to be a platinum sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation which provides much deserved support for talented students from less advantaged backgrounds who might not otherwise be able to become lawyers. 

Allan Fraser, the firm's recruitment partner said "Trainee recruitment lies at the heart of our business – the overwhelming majority of our partners joined the firm as trainees.   We seek out the top graduates and we aim to recruit from a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets."

As well as the financial assistance the sponsorship provides, Dickson Minto also offers each of the foundation's students the opportunity to meet with one of its experienced solicitors to chat about the law degree and gain insight into the traineeship application process and life as a solicitor. 

Why diversity in the profession is important to Dickson Minto

It is right that everyone should have equal access to the profession and Dickson Minto's commitment to the Lawscot Foundation will hopefully go some way to help reduce the barriers to entry. This is an investment in the future of our profession, which will benefit greatly from the contributions of gifted and committed individuals.

 

From headquarters in Edinburgh, the Royal Bank of Scotland serves over 19 million customers predominantly based in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The company currently has around 70,000 employees. Going from one of the biggest Bank’s in the world, we are now a much smaller, more focussed Bank, with a single, simple purpose – to serve customers well.  We are committed to helping our employees make a difference in their communities and we have a number of programmes to support this.

Why Royal Bank of Scotland is supporting the Lawscot Foundation

The Lawscot Foundation is very much aligned with our own thoughts and our own initiatives around social inclusion - we’re really pleased to be able to support it. In addition to our corporate sponsorship, two members of the Bank’s Legal team also support the Foundation – Rachel Shaw, Legal Counsel, sits on the Fundraising committee and Jennifer Murchison, Legal Counsel, mentors one of the Foundation’s students. 

Why is diversity in the profession is important to the organisation?

We know that diverse organisations understand their customers better and make better decisions, so we’re committed to creating an environment where diversity can thrive. Being inclusive goes right to the core of our culture. We’re the only organisation to have featured on the Times list of Top Employers for Women every year since it was launched, and we’re regularly in the top 30% of the Stonewall workplace equality index. 87% of our colleagues tell us we’re already doing a good job of supporting diversity, and we’re determined to do more.

Advocates and solicitors are the two branches of the legal profession in Scotland. The Faculty of Advocates is the independent body of lawyers admitted to practise as Advocates in the Scottish courts. The Faculty dates back to 1532 and, throughout its history, has existed to ensure that everyone in Scotland, regardless of wealth, background or location, has access to expert representation in court and the very best independent, objective legal advice. Advocates appear in courts and tribunals all over Scotland, as well as in the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights. Our website gives more information http://www.advocates.org.uk/

Why the Faculty of Advocates supports the Lawscot Foundation

The Faculty is committed to helping anyone into the profession who is attracted by a career in the law but who fears there may be obstacles in the way. And, as becoming a solicitor is a necessary step to a career as an Advocate, the Faculty itself can only properly represent the public it serves if the solicitors’ branch of the profession is open to all in Scotland with the necessary ability and commitment, regardless of background. The Faculty is delighted to play a major role in the Lawscot Foundation through its Lord Hope of Craighead Scholarship Fund which will support one student each year through the five years of their legal studies.

Why diversity in the profession is important to the Faculty of Advocates

Members of the Faculty recognise the fundamental importance of a diverse and representative legal profession to serve society and the interests of justice in Scotland. It is also in the Faculty’s own interests to ensure that the best and brightest in Scotland can, regardless of background, aspire to reach what we believe to be the pinnacle of the Scottish legal profession: admission as an Advocate.

For those reasons, more than 95% of our members have committed to pay a fixed proportion of their fees into the Lord Hope of Craighead Scholarship Fund. This fund not only supports the Lawscot Foundation; it also provides scholarships to support “devils”, those undergoing the nine-month specialist advocacy training programme which leads to admission as an Advocate. Roddy Dunlop QC, Treasurer of Faculty and Convenor of the Faculty’s Scholarship Committee, said “Faculty is there to serve the people of Scotland. All of the people of Scotland. And in so doing, we need to be able to draw from the most talented legal minds in Scotland - whatever may be their race, religion, gender, sexuality or social background. The Lord Hope Scholarship Fund, and our support of the Lawscot Foundation, is central to that ambition."

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading Scottish-headquartered UK law firm and the only full-service, independent Scottish legal practice of scale with a London office.

Our lawyers are currently advising organisations active in more than 120 overseas jurisdictions and we are privileged to work with organisations and individuals in Scotland, the UK and abroad who are leaders in their industries and sectors.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a people business that values and rewards the contribution of colleagues across the firm. We are proud of our inclusive and collaborative culture, both internally and when working with clients, and are committed to encouraging and supporting diversity and social mobility.

Why Shepherd and Wedderburn is supporting the Lawscot Foundation

We fully support the Lawscot Foundation in helping talented students from less-advantaged backgrounds in Scotland through their legal education journey. Not only does this benefit the individuals themselves, it also benefits the profession who risk losing out on this great talent.

Through sponsorship, mentoring and work shadowing, the Lawscot Foundation has already made fantastic steps in helping talented students to reach their goals and as a Firm we are fully committed to supporting the charity to continue to do this.

Why is diversity in the profession is important to Shepherd and Wedderburn

We believe clients, colleagues and businesses are best served by a diverse workforce, with the multiplicity of experiences, ideas and perspectives this brings. This is why we have taken significant steps to promote diversity in our business at all levels and will continue to do so.

Brodies

UK law firm Brodies LLP is the largest law firm headquartered in Scotland measured by income, directory rankings, and lawyer numbers. 

Our approach to business today is influenced by our history, which dates back nearly 300 years to the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. That approach recognises the individual knowledge and expertise of our colleagues and the Enlightened Thinking that they deliver. That thought has a reach extending to all corners of the Scottish economy, and globally. 

With more than 700 people working across, Aberdeen, Brussels, Dingwall, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we work with our clients in the following core business areas: arbitration; banking and financial services; employment; energy (renewables and oil & gas); litigation; M&A, private equity and IP;  real estate; pensions and benefits; personal and family and tax.   

We value the skills, experience and perspective that a diverse and representative workforce offers; those differences open up our way of thinking to new ideas and insights, which form the basis for the solutions and advice we provide to clients.

 

Turcan Connell

The vision for Turcan Connell has always been to offer all the professional advice under one roof that an individual might need during their lifetime. This means offering a full range of legal services alongside a complete range of tax services.

We believe that this joined-up, interdisciplinary approach of combining legal and tax expertise really sets Turcan Connell apart and enables us to provide the very best advice and counsel to our clients.

Founded in 1997, today we have 24 partners and staff of around 220 lawyers and tax advisers offering a unique combination of skills and expertise covering tax; estate and succession planning; employment; dispute resolution; entrepreneurs, family and rural businesses; divorce and family; land and property; and charity law.

Turcan Connell's offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London serve a broad range of clients who value the focus our team of solicitors can bring to their affairs.

Lockton

Lockton is a specialist commercial and professional services insurance broker with 10 UK offices, including Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Lockton is the world's largest privately owned global insurance broker. From small beginnings in Kansas City in 1966 Lockton has become a leading broker worldwide. We have achieved extraordinary year on year growth as a result of our relentless focus on client service. Our flat corporate structure and private ownership mean that we can reinvest more of our income in serving our clients and focus better on client service: from the chairman of Lockton down, almost all of our Associates have direct client engagement.

Our sole shareholder will never demand a return of more than 10%. Our Partners all have equity in the business and as such are closely involved in day-to-day decision making.

As such, our focus is our clients and our people rather than external shareholders. We can make long-term decisions that benefit our clients and improve service delivery. Our 6,000 associates help over 50,000 clients in 125 countries. They place over $20 billion of insurance premiums.

For six consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognised Lockton as a 'Best Place to Work in Insurance'.

Our clients value our bespoke solutions, innovative ideas and great service rather than efforts to sell more products. StrategicRISK's 2015 UK Corporate Insurance Buyers Survey (a survey of insurance buyers in FTSE 250 companies) ranked Lockton top of all brokers for 'client responsiveness'.

Our 96% client retention rate speaks for itself.

In the UK we have a particular focus on risk and insurance solutions for Professional clients. In addition, to our extensive Solicitor client-base, we run insurance schemes for Accountants, Surveyors, IFAs, and Architects across the whole of the UK.

In Scotland, Lockton are the brokers and administrators for the Law Society’s Professional Indemnity Master Policy. In this capacity we not only negotiate with the insurance market to achieve the best possible outcome for the profession, we also provide risk management support across the profession as a whole.

Becoming a sponsor of the Foundation allows us to provide a different type of support and to engage with the young talent coming through into the profession. It is a privilege to be able to help these young people gain access to the tremendous opportunities that legal training can provide.

Why Lockton is supporting the Lawscot Foundation

Lockton has a very active charity programme and undertakes numerous charity events in support of our Charity of the Year which changes annually. In becoming a sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation, we are able to bring our charitable support a little closer to home and make a contribution to the fantastic work which the Foundation does in support of young people. What appealed to us about the Foundation’s approach is that it is more than simply providing funding, it involves individuals and corporate sponsors giving time to mentor and support the students and allow them their first insight into a legal working environment. Helping less-advantaged individuals to achieve in a competitive academic and business world is to be applauded.

Scottish Council of Law Reporting

The Scottish Council of Law Reporting (SCLR), a “not for profit” charitable company, limited by guarantee, was established by the Scottish legal profession to manage publication of Session Cases and other materials intended to help promote the best practice of Scots law. The Council’s membership includes representatives of the Scottish judiciary, Scottish advocates and Scottish solicitors.

Why SLCR is supporting the Lawscot Foundation

One of the SCLR’s objects, as a charity, is ‘to promote the advancement of education’ and Council’s sponsorship of the LawScot Foundation fits perfectly with that object.

Why is diversity in the profession is important to SCLR?

The SCLR was established by lawyers and is managed by lawyers. The users of its materials are lawyers. The Council wishes to see the widest possible entry into the legal profession of the most able. The SCLR’s support for the Lawscot Foundation is intended to help reduce the barriers to entry for those from less-advantage backgrounds in a small but significant way.

 

With more than 70 offices in over 40 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, CMS offers deep local market understanding with a global perspective.

We are focused on building strong relationships with our clients, our people, our industry sectors and wider communities. 

As a Future Facing firm we take a bold, dynamic and agile approach to help clients of every size face the future with confidence. We have an immense depth of understanding of the sectors in which we operate. Our lawyers are genuine experts in their fields and are able to advise on current challenges as well as anticipate those on the horizon that are likely to shape the future.

We want to ensure that we build a culture of trust, respect and support embracing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, leading the legal sector in social impact and sustainability. Our aim is to inspire, impact and support our clients and our people, helping them to maximize their potential and thrive.

Why is CMS supporting the Lawscot Foundation?

CMS is supporting the Lawscot Foundation as our goals – ensuring that a career in law is open to all – are aligned. Since 2012, CMS has run its own CMS Law Scholarship scheme, which currently financially and professionally supports at least 3 students each year in Scotland and at least 6 students in the rest of the UK in their journey to entering the legal profession. The opportunity to support the Lawscot Foundation in addition to our own CMS Law Scholarship scheme allows us to further reduce barriers to entry to the legal profession and support the next generation of lawyers. 

In addition to financial support, CMS will also support the Lawscot Foundation by offering mentoring to its students.

Why is diversity in the profession is important to CMS?

As a global top 40 law firm (with strong Scottish roots), diversity and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that a career in law should be open to everyone with the right talents; we as a law firm, the profession, and our clients benefit when deserving individuals – no matter their background – achieve their potential. To this end, we as a firm run and participate in a variety of initiatives, including in schools across Scotland, to widen access to the profession. Our support of the Lawscot Foundation is another step that we are proud to take to further this goal.

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