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RBS lawyer wins first ILG Rising Star Award

07 October 2013 | tagged News release

In-house solicitor Stuart Murdoch took home the first Law Society of Scotland In-House Lawyers' Group Rising Star Award  2013.

Runners-up were April Law-Reed, of sportscotland, and Mhairi Maguire, Trustee Service Manager (Solicitor) at ENABLE Scotland.

Lynda Towers, Chair of the In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG), said: "I'd like to congratulate Stuart as a very worthy winner of our first ILG Rising Star Award - it was very hard for the judging panel to make the final decision and both April and Mhairi are very deserving runners-up.

"While working within three very different organisations, Stuart, April and Mhairi all demonstrated that they have grown in confidence and experience, taken their opportunities to develop as lawyers and are exactly the kind of  in-house lawyers we had hoped would be nominated for this award."

The ILG Rising Star Award was launched this year to support and promote new lawyers working as part of in-house legal teams and was presented at this year's ILG Dinner on Friday, 4 October.

Lynda Towers said: "We were absolutely delighted to get such strong entries for the very first year of the award. It presented the judges with a very hard task but illustrated just how many excellent solicitors we have working in-house. There were nominations from right across the in-house spectrum, from local authorities, in-house company lawyers, public bodies and charities and covering a wide range of work. I would add that for those who were not successful this time, it is no reflection on the quality of your nominations since each one could have been the rising star."

Stuart, who is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland's litigation team, was described as having 'boundless energy' as well as being is an 'able lawyer, who communicates exceptionally well with his clients, has good people skills, is respected by others with whom he interacts in the wider legal world, and is not afraid to get involved in the organisation'.

Runners-up April and Mhairi have both built legal leadership roles, having joined their organisations at a time of change. They put together the underlying governance arrangements while revising and updating existing processes and policies and have both built positive working relationships with their respective boards.

Alistair Morris, Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland, presented the Rising Star trophy and runners-up awards. Stuart as winner will also receive two sessions with a professional career coach and spend time shadowing senior in-house lawyer and current President of the Law Society, Bruce Beveridge.

ENDS                                                                                             7 OCTOBER 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884. valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

07 October 2013

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