On Thursday 9 November, Hamilton-based Scullion Law hosted a Remembrance networking event to remember the fallen and honour members of the Armed Forces.
The award-winning law firm took the opportunity to bring together local companies and organisations with a passion for the Defence community, allowing for plenty of networking among like-minded professionals.
Whilst the event gave those attending the opportunity to reflect and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, it also looked forward, as Scullion Law marked its signing of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC).
By signing the AFC, organisations promise that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged.
To date, the AFC has been signed by more than 10,000 organisations, all of which have set out their support for members of the Armed Forces community employed by them or accessing their products and services.
Stephanie Grieve, a Senior Solicitor at the firm, also serves as an Army Reservist with the Royal Military Police (RMP), and has been a driving force behind the firm’s commitment to Defence people.
Grieve remarked: ‘Scullion Law has a long-standing connection with the Armed Forces. Our founder, Nicholas J Scullion, has an affinity to the Armed Forces. He was a Sea Cadet, a member of the University Air Squadron, and has also represented military personnel in a professional capacity. As a Reservist myself, I want to continue this Forces-friendly legacy and bring my passion for the law and the Armed Forces together.’
When asked how Scullion Law supported Grieve in her Reservist duties, she said: ‘Scullion Law has been hugely supportive, ensuring I can easily train and attend camps. I actually got injured towards the end of training this summer, and the firm couldn’t have been more supportive as I recovered.’
Whilst the firm wants to do their part to support the Defence community, Grieve is also convinced of the value these very people bring to business, commenting: ‘In general Reservists are quick-learning, confident individuals who bring that fantastic Armed Forces mentality to any task or challenge.
‘I would strongly recommend employing Reservists because they bring a lot of their military skills into the civilian workplace.
‘Being in the RMP has been hugely useful as a legal professional, allowing me to apply skills, training and knowledge that I gain through my Army training. The military training I have received has made me a better courtroom solicitor, giving me added confidence and invaluable leadership skills.’
Surrounded by employees and guests, the firm received their framed Armed Forces Covenant from British Army representative, Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark, who heartily encouraged them in their support to Defence. To add to the celebrations, Stephanie Grieve presented Nicholas J Scullion with a commemorative plaque on behalf of her unit, 243 Provost Company (1 RMP) in recognition of his support to Defence.
Lowland RFCA were delighted to attend the event and look forward to working with Scullion Law on their Forces-friendly employer journey.