Council members

The Council is the Society's decision-making body. It has 39 members elected from geographical constituencies, up to nine co-opted members representing other interest groups and nine non-solicitor members. It meets regularly and is usually chaired by the president. Working with departments and others, a wide range of committees and sub-committees report to the Council.

You can find out more about the standards our Council works to in our code of conduct for Council and committee members and view a full list of Council and committee members.

Ex-officio members

Eilidh Wiseman

President 2016/17
president@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

Eilidh is the current President of the Society.

She was first elected to our Council in August 2009 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014 as one of the representatives for the Edinburgh constituency.

She has previously served on the Employment Law Sub-Committee and on two re-accreditation sub-committees of the Education & Training Committee. She currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal.

Born and raised in a rural community in south west Scotland, Eilidh has a good understanding of the issues and concerns of members living and working in our more remote areas.

However, much of her professional career has been spent at in the larger commercial practices. Before retiring in 2014, she held the position of partner and UK head of employment and pensions law team at Dundas & Wilson and previously sat on the firm’s Board.

Outside of her professional life, Eilidh is an enthusiastic golfer, a bookworm, novice bridge player and very slow jogger. She has two sons, Tom and Matthew, and two working cocker spaniels, Lola and Belle.

Graham Matthews

Vice President 2016/17
vicepresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

Graham Matthews qualified as a solicitor in 1979. After an apprenticeship in Musselburgh, he returned to his native Aberdeenshire in  January 1981 to take up an assistant post in Inverurie and never left, having now occupied the same office and same desk for 35 years.

He joined the Law Society’s Council in 2005 and has sat on and convened many committees and working parties before being elected Vice President for 2016/2017 in December.

Graham is enthusiastic about the legal profession and particularly high street practice and all it entails, including legal aid, access to justice and education.

His interests outside law include learning to ride, ballroom dancing, family, music, fast cars and bikes.

Convener of Professional Practice Sub-Committee
Chairman of Professional Practice Rules and Waivers Sub-Committee
Convener of Remuneration Committee
Vice convener of Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee
Member of the Regulatory Committee
Member of the Finance Committee

Christine McLintock

Past President 2016/17
pastpresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

 

Before the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons, Christine was the Risk & Knowledge Management Partner and a member of the Board of McGrigors.

She then became General Counsel for Pinsent Masons and headed up the Risk, Compliance and In-House Legal Services Group. In May 2013, she retired as a partner in Pinsent Masons to explore consultancy and non-executive opportunities.

Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland. She joined Council in 2005 and has served on the Society's Board since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, she was a member of the Strategy and Governance Group, as well as being the Convenor of the Education & Training Committee since 2007. In that role, Christine was responsible for delivering the new route to qualification, working with the Education & Training Policy Team.

She currently works with Alistair Morris, Philip Yelland and Samantha Hollywood on the ABS licensing scheme.

She is married with two children, a dog and a goldfish. 

 

Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead & Stonehaven

Graham Matthews

Vice President 2016/17
vicepresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

Graham Matthews qualified as a solicitor in 1979. After an apprenticeship in Musselburgh, he returned to his native Aberdeenshire in  January 1981 to take up an assistant post in Inverurie and never left, having now occupied the same office and same desk for 35 years.

He joined the Law Society’s Council in 2005 and has sat on and convened many committees and working parties before being elected Vice President for 2016/2017 in December.

Graham is enthusiastic about the legal profession and particularly high street practice and all it entails, including legal aid, access to justice and education.

His interests outside law include learning to ride, ballroom dancing, family, music, fast cars and bikes.

Graham is vice convener of Society's Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee.

Jane MacEachran

c/o the Law Society of Scotland
jmaceachran@btinternet.com

Joined Council: May 2002
Solicitor since: November 1976

Regulatory Committee
Professional Practice Committee

Airdrie, Hamilton and Lanark

Colin Dunipace

Dunipace Brown
colindunipace@live.co.uk

Joined Council: September 2010
Solicitor since: August 1989

Client Care Sub-Committee
Professional Practice Committee
Rights of Audience (Policy) Committee
Regulatory Committee

Jack Grant

Jack Grant & Co
jackgrant@btconnect.com

Joined Council: June 2012
Solicitor since: April 1980

Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling

Kenneth Dalling

Dalling Solicitors
kd@dallings.co.uk

Joined Council: December 2010
Solicitor since: August 1988

John Mulholland

Marshall Wilson
jmulholland@marshallwilson.com

Joined Council: May 2012
Solicitor since: August 1988

Convener of Nominations Committee

Arbroath, Dundee and Forfar

Murray Etherington

Thorntons Law, Dundee
metherington@thorntons-law.co.uk

Murray was elected to the Society's Council in May 2015.

Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Stranraer

Paul Matthews

Grieve, Grierson, Moodie & Walker, Dumfries
paul.matthews@ggmw.co.uk

Joined Council: October 2012
Solicitor since: March 1986

Carl Crone

Mathie Morton

Carlcrone@mathie-morton.co.uk

Campbeltown, Dumbarton, Dunoon, Oban, Rothesay and Fort William

Philip Lafferty

Clyde Defence Lawyers Ltd, Clydebank
plafferty@clydedefencelawyers.com

Philip joined the Society's Council in May 2015.

Campbell Read

Stewart Balfour & Sutherland, Campbeltown
campbellr@sbslaw.co.uk

Campbell joined the Society's Council in May 2015.

Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy

Gwen Haggerty

BSW Solicitors
gwen@bastensneddon.co.uk

Gwen joined our Council in May 2016.

Susan Williams

WilliamsGrayWilliams Ltd
swilliams@williamsgraywilliams.co.uk

Joined Council: May 2013
Solicitor since: September 1979

Dingwall, Dornoch, Elgin, Inverness, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Lochmaddy, Portree, Stornoway, Tain & Wick

George MacWilliam

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie
gm@wjm.co.uk

Joined Council: June 2011
Solicitor since: December 1979

Sheekha Saha

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
s.saha@cne-siar.gov.uk

Joined Council: May 2006
Solicitor since: October 2002

In-House Lawyers' Group

Edinburgh

Brandon Malone

Brandon Malone & Company
brandon@brandonmalone.com

Colin Anderson

cwa53@aol.com

Eilidh Wiseman

President 2016/17
president@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

Eilidh is the current President of the Society.

She was first elected to our Council in August 2009 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014 as one of the representatives for the Edinburgh constituency.

She has previously served on the Employment Law Sub-Committee and on two re-accreditation sub-committees of the Education & Training Committee. She currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal.

Born and raised in a rural community in south west Scotland, Eilidh has a good understanding of the issues and concerns of members living and working in our more remote areas.

However, much of her professional career has been spent at in the larger commercial practices. Before retiring in 2014, she held the position of partner and UK head of employment and pensions law team at Dundas & Wilson and previously sat on the firm’s Board.

Outside of her professional life, Eilidh is an enthusiastic golfer, a bookworm, novice bridge player and very slow jogger. She has two sons, Tom and Matthew, and two working cocker spaniels, Lola and Belle.

Peter Tyson

Standard Life Employee Services Limited
peter_tyson@standardlife.com

Joined Council: September 2015
Solicitor since: September 1999

Vikki Melville

Clyde & Co
vikki.melville@clydeco.com

England and Wales

Naomi Pryde

Dentons UKMEA LLP, Watford
naomi.pryde@dentons.com

Naomi was elected to the Society's Council in May 2015.

Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Alison Atack

Lindsays
alisonatack@lindsays.co.uk

Joined Council: May 1998
Solicitor since: December 1975

Board
Regulatory Committee
Remuneration Committee
Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee Convener

Alison is a partner at Lindsays with detailed knowledge and experience in private client work, including residential property and agriculture.

Anne Macdonald

Harper Macleod LLP
anne.macdonald@harpermacleod.co.uk

Anne joined our Council in May 2016.

Austin Lafferty

Austin Lafferty Solicitors & Estate Agents
alafferty@laffertylaw.com

Joined Council: May 2006
Solicitor since: December 1981

Austin is a former President of the Society and sits on the Board. He runs his own multi-branch firm in and around Glasgow.

David Mair

Glasgow City Council
david.mair@ced.glasgow.gov.uk

David joined our Council in May 2016.

Ross Yuill

The Glasgow Law Practice
ry@theglasgowlawpractice.co.uk

Ross joined our Council in May 2016.

Greenock, Kilmarnock and Paisley

Simon Brown

Matthew Brown Solicitors
simon@matthewbrownsolicitors.co.uk

Joined Council: May 2013
Solicitor since: October 1996
Elected to Board: August 2016

Simon Brown is a solicitor advocate with Matthew Brown Solicitors, based in Irvine. He has been a solicitor for 17 years and qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2006. Simon is Vice Dean of Kilmarnock Faculty of Solicitors and criminal quality assurance peer reviewer for the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Despite having practised exclusively in criminal law for 17 years, with all the rich and varied client base that entails, I still enjoy going to my work in the morning!

Stuart Naismith

Stirling & Mair Ltd
snaismith@stirlingmair.com

Joined Council: September 2005
Solicitor since: November 1979

Client Relations Sub-Committee
Access to Justice Committee (Convener)

Stuart is private client solicitor specialising in litigation, with experience of the legal and fiscal challenges facing solicitors and clients today. He is committed to enhancing the public knowledge and awareness of the role played by solicitors in the public and commercial life of the people of Scotland.

Haddington, Peebles, Jedburgh, Duns and Selkirk

Iain Burke,

Bannerman Burke Taits, Galashiels
iain@bbtsolicitors.co.uk

Iain was elected to the Society's Council in May 2015.

Patricia Thom

Patricia Thom & Co, Galashiels
pat@patriciathom.co.uk

Patricia was elected to the Society's Council in May 2015.

Perth

Amanda Millar

McCash and Hunter
amandamillar@mccash.co.uk

Amanda is a civil litigator at McCash & Hunter, Solicitors in Perth, specialising in all aspects of mental health and adults with incapacity law. She is a member of the Professional Practice (Rules and Waivers) Sub-Committee, Professional Practice Committee, Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee, Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee and Nominations Committee. 

Joined Council: May 2010
Solicitor since: November 1998

Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee
Professional Practice (Rules & Waivers) Sub-Committee
Professional Practice Commitee

Immediate past president

Christine McLintock

Past President 2016/17
pastpresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

 

Before the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons, Christine was the Risk & Knowledge Management Partner and a member of the Board of McGrigors.

She then became General Counsel for Pinsent Masons and headed up the Risk, Compliance and In-House Legal Services Group. In May 2013, she retired as a partner in Pinsent Masons to explore consultancy and non-executive opportunities.

Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland. She joined Council in 2005 and has served on the Society's Board since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, she was a member of the Strategy and Governance Group, as well as being the Convenor of the Education & Training Committee since 2007. In that role, Christine was responsible for delivering the new route to qualification, working with the Education & Training Policy Team.

She currently works with Alistair Morris, Philip Yelland and Samantha Hollywood on the ABS licensing scheme.

She is married with two children, a dog and a goldfish. 

 

Co-opted members

John Dunn

Area Procurator Fiscal (Glasgow & Strathkelvin), procurator fiscal's office
john.dunn@copfs.gsi.gov.uk

Joined Council: August 2011
Solicitor since: November 1987

Criminal Law Committee

John Forsyth

The nominee from the Scottish Clearing Bank Committee
Lloyds Banking Group plc
John.Forsyth@Lloydsbanking.com

Joined Council: August 2009
Solicitor since: October 1989

In-House Lawyers' Group

Moira MacMillan

Glasgow Caledonian University
M.MacMillan@gcu.ac.uk

Joined Council: December 2012
Solicitor since: October 1979

Moira is a senior lecturer in law at Glasgow Caledonian University and is Programme Leader for the LLB there. She is a member of the Council of the Scottish Universities Law Institute and of the Diploma Coordinating Group. At the Law Awards of Scotland 2009 she was named Law Lecturer of the Year. She trained as a solicitor within local government and also has experience of private practice.

Ayla Skene

New lawyers representative
@ayla_skene
skene.ayla@gmail.com

Joined Council: May 2016

Ayla's priority as a Council member will be engaging with new lawyers and ensuring their views are heard on issues that impact on them.  From a personal perspective, keeping fair access to the legal profession high on the agenda is a big priority for Ayla.

Murray Sinclair

Scottish Government
murray.sinclair@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Joined Council: August 2009
Solicitor since: January 1981

Graeme McWilliams

Standard Life Employee Services Limited

graeme_mcwilliams@standardlife.com

Joined Council: July 2016
Solicitor since: December 1983

Convener of the In-House Lawyers' Committee

Lay members

Susan Carter

Clydesdale Bank, UK Head of Professional Services Sector

Sue Carter, UK Head of Professional Services Sector at the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years. She has an MBA in Legal Practice Management, and has worked with legal firms for over 15 years.

Dr Bronwen Cohen

bronwen.cohen@ed.ac.uk

A full member of the Council since 2011, Professor Cohen has over thirty years experience in social and educational policy and research at NGO, government and university levels. She is now an Honorary Professor in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh, currently leading research on place-based learning in Scotland, Norway and the US. 

 

Suzanne Dawson

suzanne@s-dawson.co.uk

Joined Council: June 2011

Christopher Fraser

chris.fraser@o2.co.uk

Joined Council: June 2011

Board
Practising Certificate Sub-Committee
Professional Conduct Sub-Committee
Professional Practice (Rules & Waivers) Sub-Committee
Professional Practice Committee

Christopher is a retired chartered surveyor having worked in the Valuation Office Agency of the Inland Revenue for 33 years. Christopher also serves as a trustee on the Board of Management, Inverness Harbour Trust, and as a member on the Board of Management, Cairn Housing Association.

Joined Council: June 2011

Liam McCabe

Director of Finance of the University of Stirling
liam.mccabe@stir.ac.uk

Joined Council: March 2013

Liam is the Convener of the Soceity's Audit Committee.

Liam became the Director of Finance of the University of Stirling in April 2009. He previously worked at Queen Margaret University.

John Reid

mail@john-reid.com

Joined Council: June 2011

John is the Executive Chairman of Limpet Technology, a company which has developed a climb assist/fall prevention product for use on wind turbines and oil platforms.

John is also the author of Ideas to Reality, a self-help business book for converting business ideas into reality.

Christine Walsh

Peoplextra
c.walsh@peoplextra.co.uk

Christine Walsh, owner of PeopleXtra, a human resources consultancy, has more
than 20 years' experience working in human resources and has held senior
positions in a wide variety of commercial environments

Graham Watson

Strategic leadership and corporate finance advisory

graham.watson@positiveleadership.co.uk

Graham Watson is chief executive of Positive Leadership, a strategic leadership consulting firm. He is a chartered accountant and non-executive director of North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, where he also holds a position as chair of the audit committee.