The clutch of Working Groups that operate under the umbrella of SOLAR continues to grow. To the existing 12 Working Groups, this past year, we have added a new Monitoring Officer Working Group. These specialist working groups exist to provide a forum for detailed exchange of ideas and information, knowledge and good practice collaboration. The Society is regularly called upon to assist the work of national bodies and to present evidence to Scottish Parliamentary Committees on various topics.
Benchmarking Group (Best Practice)
Group’s aim is to identify and promote best practice in Scottish Local Authority Legal Sections. The Group also undertakes SOLAR’s Annual Legal Benchmarking Survey.
Child Care Group
This is a Group for SOLAR Members to share information and discuss issues relating to Child Law.
Community Care Group
This is a Group for SOLAR Members to share information and discuss issues relating to Community Care Law.
Conveyancing, Property and Infrastructure
This is a Group for SOLAR members to share information, issues and best practice relating to Conveyancing, Property and Infrastructure.
Education Law Group
This is a Group for SOLAR Members to share information and discuss issues relating to Education Law.
SOLAR Elections Working Group brings together election practitioners across Scotland and provides a forum for discussion of current election issues and sharing of best practice. The Group also has a role in supporting the work of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland.
A forum to discuss issues and share knowledge relating to employment law as it affects Scottish local authorities. Intended members are solicitors employed by Scottish local authorities.
FOI, Data Protection & Human Rights
The group is a sub section of SOLAR which is a Scottish Group of mainly lawyers and administrators from Local Authorities. This subgroup focuses on sharing knowledge and information in the areas of data protection, freedom of information and human rights.Visit: SOLAR - DP/FOI/HRA
Governance Working Group
The Group consists of senior officers in Democratic Services, Committee Services and Governance and provides a forum for networking and information sharing on issues affecting local government administrative services, including new legislation and electronic service delivery, with the aim of achieving best practice across Scotland. The Group also organises an annual training event.
Health & Social Care Integration
This is a secure space for SOLAR members to share information and discuss issues relating to Health and Social Care Integration in Scotland. The site is also a place for styles, documents and other papers to be stored and shared.
A group to promote inter-authority communication, information sharing and best practice between members of the SOLAR - Licensing sub-group.Visit: SOLAR - Licensing
A group to promote communication, information sharing and best practice between Council Monitoring Officers.Visit: SOLAR - Monitoring Officers
Planning & Environmental Law
This is a Group for SOLAR members to share information, issues and best practice relating to, Planning & Environmental law.
The group considers and discusses current issues relating to public procurement and state aid in local authorities.
Trainee Solicitors Group
The SOLAR Trainee Solicitors Group is a secure place for trainee solicitors from Scotland’s 32 local authorities to share and discuss their experiences. This group provides trainees an opportunity to network and communicate with each other, providing a forum to share information, discuss issues and offer general advice
Anti Social Behaviour & Housing Group
This group consists of In-house Lawyers (Mainly Local Government Lawyers) who deal with all issues relating to Antisocial Behaviour and related Housing matters.