May must call a second EU vote – with a third option

There are now strong grounds for a second referendum on EU withdrawal, writes Terry Murden

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Vialex boosts service with senior lawyer hires

Vialex , the legal services firm, is broadening its offering to clients with an expansion of its advisory work in real estate and data protection.

The Edinburgh-based practice has hired experienced lawyer Katie Corrigan (left) as Head of Real Estate, a newly-created position.

Ms Corrigan, 40, originally from Glasgow, joins from Brodies where she spent three and a half years as an associate. She worked at Tods Murray for 10 years, specialising in the hospitality and leisure sector. Previously she spent two years at Maclay Murray and Spens.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “A lot of corporate deals have a property element and I am here to support Vialex with that but also to grow our real estate business in its own right.”

Also joining Vialex is Catriona Melton, who has been appointed a senior legal adviser, specialising in data protection.

Aberdeen-born Ms Melton, 33, was previously in-house counsel with Hymans Robertson and before that worked in a similar role at Aegon UK.

At Vialex she will also advise clients on general compliance and commercial matters.

A number of hires have also been made into Vialex’s transaction services team including Zoe Fowlie who trained and qualified with Gillespie Macandrew.

Keith Dinsmore, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Transaction Services, said: “We are delighted to welcome these latest additions to Vialex’s growing team.

“These appointments demonstrate our ambition to grow and develop other specialist service lines in response to our clients’ needs.”


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Girls must be encouraged to choose engineering

Paula RuizInternational Women in Engineering Day on 23 June aims to celebrate women in engineering and encourage more girls and young women to consider engineering as a career.

As a proposals engineer with Alpheus Environmental, a water and wastewater company, part of the Anglian Water Group, I find it encouraging to see such events taking place to tackle the stigma surrounding women and engineering. It was also heartening to see a debate in the Scottish Parliament on International Women in Engineering Day earlier this week.

This year’s theme of #RaisingTheBar sought to tackle prejudices, as engineering is often still thought of as a job for a man. Not enough female role models and gender stereotyping are well-documented reasons as to why girls don’t choose engineering. Misconceptions linger about the job itself, which isn’t always about getting your hands dirty.

There has been a well-recognised skills gap in engineering for some time now, and the UK, which once led the world in engineering, is now facing a considerable skills shortage.

In part, this is due to the fact that young women do not enter engineering roles at anything like the same rate as young men. Indeed, research undertaken in 2017 pointed to that fact that only 11 per cent of the engineering workforce is female.

The solution is fundamental – we need more women to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, both at school and university.  We must also ensure that young women are made aware of the full range of employment opportunities on offer through qualifications in engineering, ensuring that these sectors are seen as attractive to enter.

That is why there is considerable merit in supporting employers’ initiatives with schools, helping girls to get a perspective on engineering careers. The participation of girls in activities like the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) schools’ skills challenge, ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’, which our sister company Wave proudly supported, needs to be encouraged.

There is an incredibly positive story to tell about engineering, not just benefiting the young person concerned, but the economy as a whole.

Paula Ruiz is Proposals Engineer at Alpheus Environmental 


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Girls must be encouraged to choose engineering was originally published on Daily Business