A further cohort of 20 trainees passed through the Professional Competence Course convened by SLAS at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow during May 2012 and we introduce below these new entrants to the profession. During the programme these colleagues prepared pleadings, presented cases at the Sheriff Court, adjusted legal documents such as wills, prepared executry petitions, reviewed commercial leases, listened to expositions from the great and the good but, most particularly, conferred with each other to address issues arising on the steep learning curve towards qualification. It is that last feature of the PCC programme which is of great value and which we hope will not be lost when the new TCPD regime emerges over the next year or so. The new regime is more flexible in format and can take advantage of IT dissemination but, at the same time, many trainees coming through the PCC programme have confirmed that the opportunity for trainees to meet and discuss issues with each other has been one of the most valuable aspects of the programme.
Our trainees in this course were Rebecca Gilmour, Paul Sturdy, Dorothy Cohen, Andrew Docherty, Laura Sclare, Anna-Luise McLaughlin, David Fitzpatrick, Janey Armstrong, Carolyn McPhee, Lorraine Kerr, Kathryn Allan, Sarah Murray, Leanne McCrone, Steven Farmer, Andrew Cullens, Meghan Brunton, Donna Askew, Gino Rea and Hazel McLauchlan.