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Excellence in Scottish Law

Entry Guide Deadline for entries: Wednesday 30 November 2011, 12 noon

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Welcome

Joy Glass Partner, Scott + Co

Lawyers put discretion right at the heart of their professional practice. Much of the very clever work done by the legal profession is known only to their close colleagues and clients. The flashes of brilliance, as well as the vital hours of detailed study of the relevant documents, take place behind closed doors. Of course, we would never undervalue the supreme satisfaction that is a happy client and a delighted Managing Partner. However, the Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards are an opportunity to peer inside the smoke filled rooms - although clearly that is just a figure of speech in these enlightened times. The equally discreetly judged Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards are an opportunity to show off the stories, the skills and the insights which demonstrate the profession working at its best. The economic background remains, as it has been for the past few years, insecure and unpredictable. But that is the perfect time to display the professionalism and teamwork which delivers real value to clients. Within companies the benefits are clear too. Star performers are identified and rewarded, teamwork is encouraged and the good work is showcased. It is a chance to impress not just clients, but colleagues and, most importantly, rival firms. We’ve seen the quality of entries improve over the years too. Whether this reflects better submission writing skills, more ambitious case studies or the fact that legal companies are finding solutions to more complex challenges, isn’t clear. But that doesn’t matter as much as the fact that the Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards are a clear demonstration that the profession in Scotland is undaunted by the economic environment and continues to exude diligence, imagination and rigour. Above all the Awards celebrate the people that, ultimately, are the profession’s best and only assets.

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The Categories 1. Advocates’ Clerk of the Year

3. Employment Team of the Year

This award will be presented to an outstanding Clerk or Deputy Clerk who works in a Scottish Chamber. Judges will be looking for an individual who has immaculate organisational skills and demonstrates exceptional ability in managing the day to day tasks of busy Advocates. Nominations should include:

Teams of employment lawyers are encouraged to enter this important category which will recognise a productive and successful team. Judges will be looking for evidence of an active specialist team working at the cutting edge of changing legislation. Nominations should include:

• A detailed biography of the individual nominated

• A  n outline of key activity in 2011 including any areas of expertise

• An outline of key activity in 2011

• Relevant case studies

• Supporting statements and views from the Chamber and outwith the firm

• Short biographies of key members of the team • Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

2. Banking Team of the Year

4. Millar & Bryce Energy Team of the Year

This category makes a welcome return to the Scottish Legal Awards. Open to specialist teams working in the banking, funding and restructuring sectors. Typical disciplines will include loans, acquisition finance and insolvency. The entry should include:

This award will be presented to an energy team providing legal advice to energy projects ranging from the traditional to renewable. Judges will be looking for evidence of how this team advises on areas including petroleum law, corporations law, contract law, property law, trade practices law, administrative law and other legal research. Nominations should include:

• An outline of key activity in 2011 including specific areas of expertise

• Relevant case studies • Short biographies of key members of the team • Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

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• An outline of key activity in 2011 and an overview of areas of expertise • Biographies on key members of the team • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners • Relevant case studies

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5. Fundraising Achievement of the Year

7. Innovation Award

Legal firms have created a number of innovative moves to assist charities and communities. The submission should include how the initiative was integrated into the firm and evidence of results. Nominations should include:

Firms which have adapted to the challenges of recent years by encouraging and investing in innovative new practices will be recognised. Technology, marketing, recruitment, new practice management techniques will all be considered. Nominations should include:

• An overview of the initiative including planning, delivery, marketing and results

• Information on the outcomes achieved and how this impacted on the community/charity

• An overview of the areas of expertise • An outline of key activity in 2011

• Credentials and testimonials from community leaders, business partners and charities

• Short biographies of key members of the team • Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

6. Family Law Team of the Year

8. Litigation Team of the Year

This category seeks to recognise a successful family law practice. Experience in matters of significant impact on family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, custody, and abuse should be addressed where applicable in the submission. Nominations should include:

This award will recognise a successful litigation team which covers the varied areas of commercial, personal and dispute resolution. Nominations should include:

• A  n overview of the areas of expertise and an outline of key activity in 2011

• A  n overview of the areas of expertise and an outline of key activity in 2011 • Relevant case studies • Short biographies of key members of the team

• Relevant case studies

• Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

• Short biographies of key members of the team • Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

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The Categories 9. Scottish Paralegal Association Paralegal of the Year

11. ros.gov.uk Residential Property Team of the Year

An effective and committed paralegal is an essential part of any successful department. The Paralegal of the Year Award will give any department the opportunity to recognise an outstanding individual’s effort. Nominees should include in their entry:

This award will be presented to a strong team which has faced unprecedented challenges in 2011 and has demonstrated consistent commitment to client service. Nominations should include:

• A detailed biography of the individual nominated

• An outline of key activity in 2011 and an overview of areas of expertise

• An outline of key activity in 2011

• Biographies on key members of the team

• Supporting statements and views from the department and outwith the firm

• Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners

10. Hotel du Vin Private Client Team of the Year

12. Commercial Property Team of the Year

The specialist area of handling the individual affairs of clients requires a special skill and this award seeks to recognise the most high achieving of private client teams or firms. Nominations should include:

This award will be presented to a strong team which has faced unprecedented challenges in 2011 and has demonstrated consistent commitment to client service. Nominations should include:

• An outline of key activity in 2011 • Biographies on key members of the team • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners • Evidence of marketing ideas or additional client services deployed

• Evidence of marketing ideas or additional client services deployed

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• An outline of key activity in 2011 and an overview of areas of expertise • Biographies on key members of the team • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners • Evidence of marketing ideas or additional client services deployed

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13. Public Sector Law Team of the Year

15. Specialist Lawyer of the Year

The judges will be looking for a legal team offering a consistent and reliable service to local authorities, government and/or related agencies, eg the NHS, housing or education. Nominations should include:

Individuals with a specialist area of expertise are welcomed to enter this popular category. The individual will have a track record in a specific market or sector and may work in private practice or in an in-house capacity. Nominations should include:

• An overview of the areas of expertise and outline of key activity in 2011

• A detailed biography of the individual nominated and an overview of their area of expertise

• Biographies on key members of the team

• An outline of key business activity in 2011

• Relevant case studies • Information on industry credentials, client testimonials and results

• Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners

14. The Law Society of Scotland Rising Star of the Year

16. The Lane Agency Support Team of the Year

This award seeks to recognise an outstanding individual who is up to seven years qualified and who has demonstrated exceptional ability in any number of areas. The nominee will likely be a high achiever who has demonstrated exceptional success in 2011. Nominees should include in their entry:

The work of various support teams is essential to the everyday activity of a law firm to improve services to clients. Teams in HR, IT, Finance, Marketing and Administration will be considered for this award. In addition to internal teams, external supply companies in areas such as software, support services or marketing will also be considered. Nominations should include:

• A detailed biography of the individual nominated • An outline of key activity in 2011

• A  n outline of key activity in 2011 and an overview of areas of expertise

• Supporting statements and views from other counsel in Chambers or externally from private practice

• Biographies on key members of the team • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners • Evidence of marketing ideas or additional client services deployed

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The Categories 17. Barr Printers Training Provider of the Year

19. DX Firm of the Year

This award seeks to recognise a high quality post qualification training provider for the legal profession. Nominations should include:

The ultimate award in the Scottish Legal Awards 2012 programme will be presented to the firm which stands out as a high achiever in 2011. Firms should prepare the following information in their entry:

• An overview of the organisation • An outline of key business activity in 2011 • Biographies on key members of the team • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners

• An outline of key activity in 2011 and an indication of how the firm reacted to changing market conditions • Biographies on executive members of the team • Strategic business planning and marketing effectiveness • Credentials and testimonials from clients and business partners • Evidence of team working and firm unity

18. The Scotsman Lifetime Achievement Award This award seeks to recognise a lifelong career dedicated to Scottish law and is presented at the discretion of the judging panel. This award is not open for entry.

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About our sponsors and partners Scott + Co

The Scotsman

ros.gov.uk

Scott + Co have a particularly dominant position in the enforcement, recovery and investigations marketplace in Scotland. It is a professional partnership with a strong reputation for service delivery and excellent performance. This reputation has been built on the back of an unrivalled blend of centralised and decentralised services and a total commitment to quality management. The business continues to expand through service excellence, reputation management and key acquisitions.

The Scotsman remains dedicated to offering the best news coverage and analysis of the legal profession in Scotland and the most incisive interviews with those who matter.

Ros.gov.uk is responsible for compiling and maintaining public registers of land and property transactions, and other legal records. Our work is dominated by the two main registers recording ownership of and rights over, land and property - the General Register of Sasines and the Land Register of Scotland. The Land Register is a state guaranteed; plans-based register established by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 Act to eventually replace the Sasine register.

www.scottandco.uk.com

With a proud history of covering Scottish legal stories, it remains the country’s leading newspaper for law and legal affairs. As well as news and interviews from all sectors of Scottish law, the dedicated law and legal affairs section, published each Monday, hosts comment and opinion from some of Scottish law’s leading lights discussing the important issues of the day. Whether it is the latest developments in family law, or the future of advocacy, our section provides a forum for debate among the profession. News from the courts is provided by vastly experienced law correspondent John Robertson who also gathers the gossip for our Court Shorts column. Other regulars include Beneath The Tweets, a bridge between print and social media written by Neil Stevenson of the Law Society of Scotland. The Scotsman’s own Twitter feed, @scotsmanlaw, provides a regular and often witty take on the Scottish legal scene. The Scotsman’s Law Alert is a free e-mail service allowing legal professionals to find out about the main issues appearing on the law pages in advance. To join the distribution list, or just to get in touch, e-mail law@scotsman.com.

Apart from the two main land registers we also hold 14 registers grouped under the collective name of the Chancery and Judicial Registers. We currently employ over 1,400 people, in offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We have always been self-financing, being funded by the fees charged for registration and for providing information from the registers. In 1996 we were awarded Trading Fund status. We have a clear goal to further reduce reliance on paper-based systems, drive down fees and provide a first class service to the people of Scotland. Our work protects peoples’ legal rights and we play a vital role in maintaining economic confidence by guaranteeing land and property ownership. For more information on our services and to use our free property price search go to:

www.ros.gov.uk

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About our sponsors and partners theLaneagency DX

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh

TheLane Agency

DX Group is the largest independent logistics network operator in the UK

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh is nestled deep in Edinburgh’s Old Town, opposite Chamber Street and close to The Sheriff Court, Court of Session and High Court.

We’re an Edinburgh based multi-discipline agency that takes the time to get to know our clients, understand their audience and create strong effective solutions across a full range of communications including branding, design, integrated campaigns and digital. We bring passion, patience and enthusiasm to the table. Along with a good cup of coffee and a ton of positive thinking.

The DX Group combines the strengths of DX Network Services Ltd, Secure Mail Services (SMS) and DX Business Direct Ltd. Founded amidst the postal strikes of the 1970s, DX was the first and only alternative to Royal Mail. After 30 years, DX is still an integral part of the Scottish legal community. Today, over 25,000 members trust the Document Exchange to deliver their important business mail, enjoying the benefits of a superior first class service for less than a second class price. DX are focused on the delivery of time sensitive, mission critical and high value deliveries, and routinely handle specialist items. The company handles over 1 million letters, packets and parcels per day, with a next day service to 99.7% of UK Business and residential addresses. Together, in the DX Group, they continue to be the preferred choice for businesses today. Our vision is to be a leader in our markets and an integral part of our customers’ business – consistently the best in what we do. We will invest in our people and encourage the continuous improvement, thereby delivering sustainable profitable growth.

Neighbouring the famous Bedlam theatre, the Hotel occupies the site of a former asylum! Its 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites feature monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma TV’s, DVD’s and air conditioning.

• Strategic Thinking • Brand Building

The hotel offers the trademark Hotel du Vin Bistro with mezzanine bar serving the finest classic European cuisine from the kitchen, alfresco and private dining, cigar shack, whisky snug and intriguing La Roche tasting room where you can be taken on a pilgrimage around the world’s finest vineyards by our Head Sommelier without having to leave the room.

• Identity Creation

The hotel also offers a number of function, events and meeting rooms with that will inspire, sublime spaces equipped with the latest technology to help you get the most out of your time with us.

• SEO & PPC

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• Social Media

• Advertising • Design & Print • Copywriting • Web Design & Development

• Email Marketing • Media Planning

• Direct Marketing

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The Law Society of Scotland

The Scottish Paralegal Association

Millar & Bryce

The Law Society of Scotland is the membership body for Scottish solicitors and is committed to protecting the public interest while leading and supporting a successful and respected solicitors’ profession.

The Scottish Paralegal Association is the only independent professional association representing the interests and promoting the development of paralegals in Scotland. The Association holds among its membership, paralegals who operate in a variety of roles both in private practice and in-house. The Association acts in the best interests of its members in representing their collective opinions and views. The Association is managed on a voluntary basis by committee members who are paralegals themselves.

Previous winners of the Scottish Legal Awards, Millar & Bryce are the principal private search firm in Scotland.

The Society wants to celebrate the contribution solicitors make to their clients, their communities and civic Scotland as a whole. We want to ensure that the Scottish legal profession continues to thrive, despite the challenges created by current economic environment and the pace of legislative change, and we are working hard to provide the services our members need to be able to do so, and also to maintain the standards and reputation of a profession trusted by Scottish business and the public to be their advisers of choice. We’re delighted to sponsor the Rising Star award and recognise emerging talent in the legal profession.

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The Scottish Paralegal Association have been working in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland on the Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal Scheme which was set up in 2010 to provide a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals. The scheme recognises the important role of the paralegal in Scotland and sets a new high standard for paralegals to attain. For further details see

Supplying legal services to over 1000 firms of Lawyers, Accountants, Banks and other organisations, Millar & Bryce were established in 1875. To enable us to maintain our position of market leader and continually improve our service to customers Millar & Bryce has made a sustained investment in customer service and technology. In addition to the design and build of our unique property databases our group IT team continue to refine and develop systems to deliver electronic conveyancing solutions to meet the needs of the Scottish Conveyancing Profession.

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The WS Society and the Signet Library

LawWorks Scotland

Barr Printers

The WS Society is an independent association for lawyers throughout Scotland and overseas. The majority of the Society’s members are Scottish solicitors in private practice or in-house.

LawWorks Scotland is a Scottish Charity and part of a UK wide movement dedicated to increasing the provision of free legal services.

The Society is committed to excellence, reflected in its legal support services, networking and events. The Society contributes frequently to government consultations on law and regulatory reform. The Society is also recognised internationally and recently has attracted admiration overseas for its innovative work on the specialist accreditation of lawyers.

It is encouraging and enabling lawyers to become actively involved and use their skills for the benefit of individuals and communities in need in Scotland.

Barr printers is a long established privately owned printing company operating very successfully from two sites in Edinburgh and Glenrothes. We offer highly competitive print pricing and our attention to detail is second to none. We are used to working under pressure where quality timings and budget restraints are constants.

Membership of the Society is open to solicitors over 3 years qualification with affiliate membership for more junior lawyers and student membership. The WS Society’s origins go back to the 15th century and the early use of the seal of the Scottish Kings, known as the Signet. The WS Society owns the Signet Library in Parliament Square in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, one of the country’s architectural landmarks. The Signet Library is an outstanding events venue for large-scale receptions and dinners, weddings, and for private dinners, as well as seminars and meetings. Events at the Signet Library are managed for the WS Society by Heritage Portfolio, one of Scotland’s leading event and catering companies.

LawWorks Scotland coordinates, encourages and facilitates the provision of pro bono legal advice by solicitors in Scotland, and aims to increase the impact of pro bono advice in local communities across the country. We work closely with member firms to work out potential pro bono opportunities, with a focus on matching these firms with established advice centres such as those run by CABx, law centres and university advice clinics. We are based on the model of LawWorks in London, which provides pro bono assistance to around 40,000 individuals each year and we hope to achieve similar success in Scotland.

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Robert Pirrie Chief Executive, The WS Society rpirrie@wssociety.co.uk Fiona Dannfald Events Designer, The Signet Library fdannfald@wssociety.co.uk Mark Miller Executive Director, Heritage Portfolio Limited mark@heritageportfolio.co.uk

We produce high quality print for clients across a wide range of market sectors specialising in legal services, education, charities, tourisim, as well as several of Scotland`s leading marketing and graphic design companies. We have a state-of-the-art printing facility with comprehensive pre-press in both locations. Our dedicated print facility features two recently installed B2 five colour presses, two smaller SRA3 presses and a very well equipped bindery which gives us speed of response, flexibility and control. We produce a wide range of printed material from letterheads, leaflets newsletters through to brochures and annual reports. Our sales team is headed by Kenny Milne our sales director who would be delighted to discuss any potential printing requirements your company may require. Contact: Kenny Milne Tel 0131 554 1736 Mob 07831 109 019 E-mail kennymilne@barrprinters.co.uk

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The Judges

Margo MacDonald MSP

Sheenagh Adams

Chair of the Judging Panel

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

Margo MacDonald has a political career spanning thirty years since her first senior political role as MP for Govan in 1973.

Sheenagh Adams took up the post of Keeper of the Registers of Scotland on 1 July 2009. Sheenagh joined the organisation as Managing Director in April 2006. As part of this role, Sheenagh acted as RoS’s Accountable Officer, Departmental Security Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner.

A journalist and broadcaster, she had a long and active career with the SNP, including four years as Deputy Leader. Margo remains at the forefront of Scottish politics and has assured her place as one of the most colourful characters in the business. This continues in her role as a List MSP for Edinburgh and Lothian, a seat she won as an Independent in the Scottish elections in 2003, 2007 and again in May this year.

Professor Robert Black QC

Sheenagh joined the Civil Service in 1990 after 11 years in local government and the voluntary sector, working in housing and welfare rights. Her civil service career has included posts in housing, rural affairs, natural and the built heritage, and the third sector. Latterly, she was Director of Heritage Policy at Historic Scotland. Sheenagh has an MA (Hons) in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University and a Diploma in Housing Studies from Glasgow University

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Professor Emeritus of Scots Law, The University of Edinburgh Robert Black QC FRSE became Professor of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh in January 1981, having previously been in practice at the Scottish Bar. He is now Professor Emeritus. He has been an Advocate since 1972 and a QC since 1987. From 1981 to 1994 he served as a temporary sheriff (judge). He was General Editor of the 25-volume The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. He has taken a close interest in the Lockerbie affair since 1993, not least because he was born and brought up in the town, and has published a substantial number of articles on the topic in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is often referred to as the architect of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. He blogs on the Lockerbie case at www.lockerbiecase.blogspot.com

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The Judges

Andrew Cubie Andrew Cubie is a Consultant to Fyfe Ireland LLP. He has been variously Chairman and Senior Partner of that firm having specialised in Corporate law. He holds or has held a number of non-executive Directorships in public and private companies ranging from investment trusts and corporate finance to manufacturing. He is the Chairman of Quality Scotland, an organisation committed to business excellence. He is also Chairman of the VSO in the UK and the RNLI in Scotland and one of the two Deputy Chairmen of the RNLI for the UK and Ireland. Andrew has been engaged in education issues throughout his professional career, having been Chairman of Governors of George Watson’s College, Chairman of the Court of Napier University and the Chairman of the Committee of University Chairmen for the UK. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance in Scotland (“the Cubie Committee”) which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland. He chairs the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and also chairs the JNC of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. He serves as a member of the Management Board of HMIE and is a Chairman of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He also is an advisor to the World Bank in Washington about Higher Education issues in India and South East Asia.

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Ian Fraser

Joy Glass

Ian Fraser, a journalist since 1988, is working on several programmes about the banking and financial crisis for the BBC. He writes about business and finance for the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday, and Sunday Herald and is consulting editor on Bloomsbury Publishing’s Qfinance.

A Partner with Scott & Company, the largest firm of Sheriff Officers/Messengers-at-Arms and a leading provider of debt recovery services, Joy has particular responsibility for the firm’s business operations. Joy joined Scott & Company in 1995, having worked previously in the financial services industry both in Scotland and in South Africa. She is a commissioned Sheriff Officer and was an active member of the Committee of Examiners of the Society of Messengersat-Arms and Sheriff Officers for many years.

Legal and Financial Journalist

He writes or has written about the legal profession for titles including Financial Times, The Herald, Scottish Business Insider and European Venture Capital Journal. He was the Herald’s legal and accountancy correspondent from 2006-07.

Partner, Scott + Co

He is also a visiting lecturer in financial journalism at the University of Stirling. Previous roles include business editor of Sunday Times Scotland, financial editor of Sunday Herald, deputy editor of Director, editor of internal magazines at Unilever PLC and assistant editor of EuroBusiness. In 1990-95 he was a freelance correspondent and travel writer, contributing reports from Central and Eastern Europe to titles including the Guardian, Observer, European and GQ. Before becoming a journalist Ian worked in the international advertising industry in Edinburgh, London and Paris. Married with three children, he has an MA (honours) in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews.

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Anne Houston

Lorna Jack

Owen Kelly

Chief Executive, CHILDREN 1ST

Chief Executive, The Law Society of Scotland

Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise

Anne Houston is Chief Executive of CHILDREN 1ST, formerly known as the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), a leading Scottish child welfare charity which has been working for over 125 years to give every child and young person in Scotland a happy, safe and secure childhood. CHILDREN 1ST listens, supports and takes action for Scotland’s vulnerable children and families. We support families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them recover from abuse and trauma and promote children’s rights and interests.

Lorna Jack joined the Society in January 2009. Prior to the Law Society, Lorna was based in the US, as President Americas for Scottish Development International (SDI), the Scottish Government’s trade and investment arm. In this role, she was responsible for operations across five locations. At an early stage she delivered a large operational restructuring and redirection project. Under her leadership, the team delivered significant gains on its inward investment agenda (including new and expansion projects with Dell, Amazon, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Trump and Wyeth). They also supported around 150 Scottish companies every year to tackle the Americas market.

Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008. SFE is a broadly-based representative organisation, funded by its members. Its purpose is to promote the Scottish financial services industry and Scotland as an international financial centre. SFE’s membership is diverse and it includes some of the world’s largest banks, insurers and asset managers, as well as companies providing specialist support services, universities and government agencies.

Previously, Lorna was Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise (SE) Forth Valley. Before joining SE Forth Valley, she was Head of the SE Global Companies Enquiry Team. She has also served as Head of the Food Team at SE as well as head of a team at SE Grampian which provided training to the food and manufacturing sectors.

Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a government official, in UK and Scottish Governments. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations; and communications. He spent 2 years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.

A chartered accountant by profession, she completed her training with Arthur Andersen and spent six years in financial management roles. She is a graduate of Aberdeen University and for four years sat on the board of the university’s US Development Trust.

Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Mandarin Chinese. He studied for one year at Shandong University in 1983/84.

Prior to her appointment to CHILDREN 1ST in 2007, Anne was Director of ChildLine for many years, leading significant expansion of the ChildLine service and ‘speaking with the voice of children and young people’ to influence wider development of public policy and practice. She has also worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland and England, managing young offenders, children and families and mental health teams. Anne is Chair of the group developing the Common Core of Skills, Knowledge & Understanding and Values for the Children’s Workforce in Scotland.

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Owen regularly contributes to public debate on financial services matters in articles, speeches and media appearances.

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The Judges

David Lee

Jillian McKenna

Robert Pirrie

Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Scotsman

Director of Marketing, Scottish Renewables

Chief Executive, The WS Society

David Lee is Legal Affairs Correspondent of The Scotsman. He returned to oversee the paper’s legal pages in September 2010 after launching them in 2003 and editing them for six years.

Jillian has over 12 years experience as a business development and marketing professional in the legal and renewable energy sectors. Jillian currently heads up Scottish Renewables Marketing Department and is responsible for the strategic growth of the organisation’s membership, event series and industry profile. Jillian has also worked with major national and international organisations as a marketing consultant as far reaching as Japan, to assist in business planning and marketing strategies. Jillian graduated from university with an Outstanding Achievement Award for Student of the Year and frequently gives college and university talks to students.

Robert Pirrie is Chief Executive of the WS Society. He is a former corporate partner of both Dundas & Wilson and Maclay Murray & Spens. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981.

David has a varied career as a writer, media consultant, event organiser and event host. He helped to establish The Scotsman Conferences, a new arm of the business launched in late 2009 and he is a member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group; he specialises in writing on renewable energy and low-carbon technologies as well as law and education. Away from work, he is a harassed father of four children (and two dogs) and a youth football coach. He still thinks he is really good at football himself despite growing evidence to the contrary.

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As Chief Executive, Robert is responsible for overseeing all of the WS Society’s business and activities, which include professional and business services and the events and venue business at the Signet Library.

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Key dates Wednesday 30 November 2011, 12 noon

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Deadline for entries

Monday 12 December 2011 Judging day

Monday 16 January 2012 Finalists Announced

Wednesday 8 February 2012 Finalists’ Reception

March 2012 Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 25 April 2012 Winners’ Dinner

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Notes for Entrants Content

Charity donation

All information should be presented clearly and concisely to a maximum word limit of 1000. Included in the nomination should be testimonials, case studies and statistics, where relevant. Please submit two copies of each entry on paper and one copy on CD or portable drive. All submissions will be judged on the following criteria: • Relevance to the category • Clarity

CHILDREN 1ST’s vision is for a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland.

• Persuasiveness

They have over 125 years experience of working with children and families, previously as the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Today, they support families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them to recover from abuse and promote children’s rights and interests.

• Effort in Preparation

A key part of their work in helping children is by supporting parents.

Covering page

Their free helpline ParentLine Scotland (0800 028 2233) offers information, advice or just a friendly listening ear to anyone caring for or concerned about a child in Scotland.

• Evidence of supporting statistics

The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards is operated in aid of CHILDREN 1ST’s. Please include a donation with your entry.

Please use this nomination form as your covering page, taking care to fill in all required fields. If you are submitting nominations for more than one award, please make a copy of this form or download it from our website at www.thelegalawards.com.

CHILDREN 1ST’s is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Registered Scottish Charity Number SC016092

Appendices

Deadline date

Please include testimonials, photography, statistics or case studies as an appendix.

Entries should be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 30 November 2011 at the following address:

The number of entries

The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards 2012, c/o KDMedia Ltd, 4-6 Coltbridge Avenue, Edinburgh EH12 6AH

Firms are encouraged to enter more than one award where appropriate. Please complete and attach a separate nomination form to each entry.

All queries should be directed to KDMedia on 0131 337 6232

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The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards 2012 Nomination Form Charity Donation

Please complete and attach this form to the front of each of your nominations

The deadline for entries is WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2011 AT 12 NOON

The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards is operated in aid of Children 1st. There is no fee to enter this award programme but please don’t forget to include your donation with your entries, made payable to Children 1st.

Name of Nominee Individual or Team:

Terms & Conditions All submissions should be relevant to activity carried out in 2011.

Name of Nominee Firm:

Nominated solicitors must be qualified and currently practicing in Scotland. We may need to contact you regarding your nomination. Please supply the relevant contact details:

The content of all nominations are kept strictly private and confidential and shared between judges and the officials of The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards. They will not be published or made public at any stage without prior approval of the firm.

The judges reserve the right to move entries into other categories if appropriate.

Name

The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Position

The Scott + Co Legal Scottish Awards cannot return entries and accept no responsibility for loss or damage to material submitted.

Phone Email Address

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The Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards 2012 is operated by KDMedia Ltd registered in Scotland SC244168.

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