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Lord President announced as keynote speaker for Law Society AGM

03 March 2014 | tagged News release

Lord Gill, the Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General, has been announced as the keynote speaker for next month's Law Society of Scotland annual general meeting.

It will mark the first time in the Law Society's 65-year history that the head of the judiciary in Scotland has addressed the annual meeting of Scottish solicitors.

Bruce Beveridge, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: "Our AGM has evolved considerably over recent years. Whilst we have formal business to consider, we want our general meetings to discuss some of the bigger issues facing Scottish solicitors during this unprecedented time of change.

"That is why we are so delighted that Lord Gill has agreed to come and address this year's meeting. This is a pivotal time for Scotland's legal system with major reforms, both to criminal and civil justice. I am looking forward to hearing his views on these changes as well as his wider perspective on the challenges and opportunities which now face those working within the legal profession."

This year's AGM will also feature a lively panel discussion on the economy and what the latest growth projections mean for Scottish solicitors. It comes on the back of new polling by Ipsos MORI which showed differing views amongst the solicitor profession on whether the Scottish economy will improve this year.

The panel will include Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper MacLeod, Nadhia Ahmad-Ali, group counsel at the Weir Group plc, Fiona McAllister, Chair of the Scottish Young Lawyers' Association and Criminal Legal Aid Convener, Ian Moir.

The Law Society AGM takes place from 9.30am on Friday 4 April at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and is free to attend for members.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 266 8884 or Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8884

EMAIL: valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk / suzypowell@lawscot.org.uk

03 March 2014

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