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

Graham Matthews

President 2017/18
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Graham is the current President of the Society.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1979. After an apprenticeship in Musselburgh, Graham 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

Alison Atack

Vice President 2017/18
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Alison Atack is a partner at Lindsays and has detailed knowledge and experience of private client work, including succession planning and agricultural property. She joined the Society’s Council in May 1998 representing solicitors in Glasgow and Strathkelvin and has also been a member of the Regulatory Committee and is the current convener of the Client Protection Sub-Committee.

Eilidh Wiseman

Past President 2017/18
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Eilidh 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.

Christine McLintock

Past President 2016/17
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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

Jane Dickers

Gray & Gray LLP

Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: 2011

Deborah Anne Wilson

Wilson Defence


Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: November 1980


Airdrie, Hamilton and Lanark

Paul Gostelow

Baker Gostelow Law Limited

Joined Council: May 2017
Solicitor since: March 1995


Paul Nicolson

Nicolson O'Brien

Joined Council: May 2017
Solicitor since: October 1984

Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling

Kenneth Dalling

Dalling Solicitors

Joined Council: December 2010
Solicitor since: August 1988

John Mulholland

Marshall Wilson

Joined Council: May 2012
Solicitor since: August 1988

Law Society Treasurer and convener of the Finance Committee.


Arbroath, Dundee and Forfar

Murray Etherington

Thorntons Law, Dundee

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

He is convener of the Insurance Committee.

Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Stranraer

Paul Matthews

Grieve, Grierson, Moodie & Walker, Dumfries

Joined Council: October 2012
Solicitor since: March 1986

Lauren Fowler

Frazer Coogans Ltd

Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: August 1988

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

Philip Lafferty

Clyde Defence Lawyers Ltd, Clydebank

Philip joined the Society's Council in May 2015.

Campbell Read

Stevenson Kennedy Limited, Oban

Campbell joined the Society's Council in May 2015.

Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy

Gwen Haggerty

BSW Solicitors

Gwen joined our Council in May 2016.

Susan Williams

WilliamsGrayWilliams Ltd

Joined Council: May 2013
Solicitor since: September 1979

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

George MacWilliam

Wright Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Joined Council: June 2011
Solicitor since: December 1979

Member of the Property Law Committee

Sheekha Saha

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Joined Council: May 2006
Solicitor since: October 2002

Member of the In-House Lawyers Committee and Public Policy Committee.


Colin Anderson

Council member since: 2014
Solicitor since: 1977

Susan Murray

National Health Service Scotland

Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: September 1984

Susan Oswald

SKO Family Limited

Joined Council: May 2017
Solicitor since: September 1995

Jim Stephenson

Thorley Stephenson

Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: August 1989

Sheila Webster

Davidson Chalmers LLP

Council member since: May 2017
Solicitor since: January 1991

England and Wales

Naomi Pryde

Dentons UKMEA LLP, Watford

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

Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Alison Atack


Joined Council: May 1998
Solicitor since: December 1975

Remuneration Committee
Client Protection 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 joined our Council in May 2016.

Austin Lafferty

Austin Lafferty Solicitors & Estate Agents

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. He is convener of the Professional Practice Committee.

David Mair

Glasgow City Council

David joined our Council in May 2016.

He is a member of the Public Policy Committee.

Ross Yuill

The Glasgow Law Practice

Ross joined our Council in May 2016.

Greenock, Kilmarnock and Paisley

Simon Brown

Matthew Brown Solicitors

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

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 Law, Hawick 

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

He is convener of the Equality & Diversity Committee.

Patricia Thom

Patricia Thom & Co, Galashiels

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


Amanda Millar

McCash and Hunter

Joined Council: May 2010
Solicitor since: November 1998


Convener of the Professional Practice (Rules & Waivers) Sub-Committee

Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee
Professional Practice Committee


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.

Co-opted members

John Forsyth

The nominee from the Scottish Clearing Bank Committee
Lloyds Banking Group plc

Joined Council: August 2009
Solicitor since: October 1989

In-House Lawyers Committee

Siobhan Kahmann

Covington & Burling LLP, Brussels


Joined Council: September 2017
Solicitor since:May 2005

International Council member

Graeme McWilliams

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Joined Council: July 2016
Solicitor since: December 1983

Convener of the In-House Lawyers' Committee

Stephen McGowan

Procurator Fiscal (Edinburgh) Service

Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall Limited, Burntisland





Joined Council: September 2017
Solicitor advocate since: December 1994

Solicitor advocate Council member

Ayla Skene

New lawyers representative

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

Joined Council: August 2009
Solicitor since: January 1981

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.

Christopher Fraser

Joined Council: June 2011

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.

Fiona Larg

Chief operating officer and university secretary of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Catriona Maclean

Scottish Government

Liam McCabe

Director of Finance of the University of Stirling

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

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


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 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.