In the early 1970's a number of solicitors, concerned that the growth in the profession had led practitioners to become more isolated, set up the SAS. A bold step and ahead of its time, anticipating similar schemes embraced by other professions. The scheme aimed to build on what was already in place in many communities - experienced solicitors offering guidance and advice to those collagues in difficulties. Confidentiality between members and their solicitor clients was guaranteed and the first consultation was always free of charge. The Law Society provided administrative back-up.
More than 35 years later the SAS now has approximately 80 members in different parts of the country. Its aims, however, remain the same - to offer assured confidential advice to fellow solicitors, their nfamilies and employees on any problem troubling them, whether personal or professional. Problems such as:
- disciplinary matters
- partnerships, or
- financial worries
The first consultation remains free of charge and thereafter the member will discuss any appropriate remuneration with the person seeking help.
An article dealing with the history of the SAS, and taken from the Law Society Gazette of 20 December 1972, can be found here.