The Board

The Board is a committee of the Council and supports the office bearers and the Council in taking decisions on operational matters.

Board office bearers

Graham Matthews

President 2017/18
president@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

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
vicepresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

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.

John Mulholland

Treasurer
jmulholland@marshallwilson.com

Joined Council: May 2012
Solicitor since: August 1988

Law Society Treasurer, member of Board, convener of Nominations Committee and Finance Committee.

Eilidh Wiseman

Past President 2017/18
pastpresident@lawscot.org.uk
+44 (0) 131 226 7411

 

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.

Elected members

Colin Anderson

cwa53@aol.com

Council member since: 2014
Solicitor since: 1977

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!

Kenneth Dalling

Dalling Solicitors
kd@dallings.co.uk

Joined Council: December 2010
Solicitor since: August 1988

Christopher Fraser

chrisfraser0205@gmail.com 

Christopher is a retired chartered surveyor having worked in the Valuation Office Agency of the Inland Revenue for 33 years. Christopher is a lay member of the Council and a member of the Practising Certificate Sub-Committee, Professional Conduct Sub-committee, Professional Practice (Rules & Waivers) Sub-Committee and Professional Practice Committee.

Amanda Millar

McCash and Hunter
amandamillar@mccash.co.uk

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.

Chief executive

Lorna is the Chief Executive of the Law Society. Prior to the Society, Lorna was based in the United States as President Americas for Scottish Development International (SDI), the Scottish Government's trade and investment arm.

Observer members

Carole Ford

Carole is a former Head Teacher at Kilmarnock Academy and is convener of the Law Society's regulatory committee.