Law Society of Scotland issues guides for new parents

Law Society of Scotland issues guides for new parents

Scottish solicitors, paralegals and other legal services professionals can now benefit from new guides issued by the Law Society of Scotland aimed at helping them have a smooth return to work after maternity, shared-parental or adoption leave.

The ‘Parents in the profession’ guides, produced by the Law Society of Scotland in collaboration with The Talent Keeper Specialists, aim to ease the transition back to work for new parents. The series of 12 guides explores a range of important issues including highlighting best practice for line managers who have staff on leave and dedicated advice for new dads.

The Society worked with men and women across the legal sector to learn about their positive experiences and combine real-life case studies with an assessment of the legal aspects of leave and other research.

The guides are available on the Law Society’s website at and are easy to read on any device. The topics covered include:

  • How to ensure a smooth handover to and from your cover
  • How to ask for, and make the most of, KIT days
  • How to pitch for flexible working (and make it work for you and your team)
  • How to renegotiate your role
  • How to set yourself up for a great return
  • How to reignite your confidence
  • How to ensure a strong first 90 days back in the saddle
  • How to draw boundaries between work and home
  • How to get on the right people’s radar and get ahead when you’re back
  • How to signal the desire for, and get on, the partner track
  • How to make a positive start to combining fatherhood and career
  • Best practices for managing maternity leave for line managers
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