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Law Society pays tribute to Professor Stewart Hamilton

07 May 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has paid tribute to Council member Professor Stewart Hamilton who passed away earlier this week. 

Professor Hamilton was one of nine non-solicitor members to serve on Council, having originally joined as an observer in 2006. He was a former chair of the Society's Audit Committee, which has a wide remit to review the organisation's governance, policies, procedures and risk management. 

A qualified chartered accountant, both in Scotland and Canada, Professor Hamilton was a professor of accounting and finance at the IMD business school in Switzerland, specialising in corporate failure, governance, risk management and investor protection. He was also a distinguished author and a two time winner of the European Case Awards. He had been suffering from poor health for some time. 

Paying tribute, the President of the Law Society, Bruce Beveridge, said: "Stewart was a great friend to the Law Society. We were extremely fortunate to benefit from his considerable knowledge and expertise. He brought patience, common sense, calmness and determination, a great eye for detail and a steely wit. He demonstrated how much the Society could benefit from views and experiences from entirely outwith the legal profession; experiences which enriched our discussions and led to better decisions being taken. 

"I worked closely with Stewart, not just on Council but when I served under his chairmanship of the Audit Committee which was enormously rewarding, personally and professionally. 

"Despite his recent poor health, we had hoped to see Stewart at his final Council meeting at the end of this month. All of us are upset to be deprived of that chance to see Stewart and thank him in person for all that he has contributed to the Society over the last eight years. 

"Our thoughts are with Stewart's wife Mairi and three daughters during this sad and difficult time." 

ENDS

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115/07712 488875. Email: suzypowell@lawscot.org.uk 

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