The Lawscot Foundation has partnered with Hey Legal and Buddies Gin to give last minute shoppers the opportunity to buy unique gifts for the animal lovers, gin sippers and legal buffs in their lives – safe in the knowledge that they are contributing to the local economy and supporting academically talented students from less-advantaged backgrounds.

Paisley company Buddies Gin has produced an exclusive run of 100 limited-edition bottles of gin to commemorate the 90th anniversary of what is arguably one of the most famous legal cases in history. Donoghue v Stevenson or ‘the Paisley Snail’ was instrumental in moulding the law of delict and the doctrine of negligence in Scot's Law. So legal enthusiasts will be delighted to receive this very collectible, not to mention delicious tipple in their stocking. For every bottle bought, seven pounds will go to the Law Society of Scotland’s social mobility charity.

Hey Legal, a news and events company for the Scottish legal sector, has also come up with an innovative way to raise funds for this great cause. Their 2022 calendar showcases pets who have become much-loved furry co-workers for the legal profession working from home. All profits from sales of the calendar will go to the Lawscot Foundation, which was set up in 2016 to help pupils who have the drive and talent to become lawyers of the future but lack the finances to do so.


David Montgomery, Director of Buddies Gin said: “We are delighted to partner with Lawscot Foundation on the launch of our new ‘Donoghue v Stevenson’ gin to commemorate the 90th anniversary of “The Snail in the bottle” legal case. Each bottle sold will include a donation to Lawscot Foundation which will support the lawyers of the future whilst celebrating an important historical legal case in our hometown of Paisley. As a Paisley based business and local Buddies we are proud to share a piece of Paisley history with the world, and what better way to celebrate than with a Buddies gin and tonic.”

Ally Thomson, Hey Legal Director said: " We are delighted to partner with Lawscot Foundation for our charity calendar this year. Hopefully we can raise significant funds to help with the great work that the Foundation does to help launch new legal careers for many who may not be able to do so without support. Thank you to everyone who buys a copy or two of the calendar, your support is massively appreciated. And thanks to sponsors and all pet owner contributors too."

Kerri Montgomery, member of the Lawscot Foundation Fundraising Committee, said: “I am delighted to be involved in these brilliant partnerships in support of the Lawscot Foundation. The Law Society of Scotland set the charity up in 2016 to level the playing field in terms of access to the profession and we have seen some truly gifted and inspirational young people start their legal educations as a result. 

“Lawyers all over the world know of the ‘snail in the ginger bottle case’ and the legal profession have proven themselves to be devoted animal lovers, by sharing photos of their furry friends. So it is only fitting that the Lawscot Foundation have teamed up with Buddies gin on this premium Scottish craft gin and Hey Legal on their Pets of the Scottish Legal Sector charity calendar. These will make wonderful gifts and a fantastic way to support the many students who benefit from the support of the Lawscot Foundation.

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