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Independence debate at Westminster

11 January 2013

Report by Lynda Towers for ILG on independence debate event in London

In November, the Law Society of Scotland staged a debate on Scottish independence at Westminster. Led by Law Society President Austin Lafferty and sponsored by Eleanor Laing MP and Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, a good number of representatives from Scotland as well as Scottish lawyers based in London enjoyed a stimulating debate at the House of Commons on whether Scotland should become independent from the rest of the UK.

We were addressed by a panel of speakers consisting of Pete Wishart MP, Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, Scottish solicitor and member of the 'Yes for Scotland' Board, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, Iain MacWhirter, columnist for the Herald, and Lord Wallace of Tankerness, all briefly setting out their respective positions before Austin Lafferty, who chaired the event, opened it up to the floor for questions. It was an entertaining occasion covering all sorts of relevant topics.

Being lawyers, the Q&A session had to be extended to allow additional questions and there was no sign of anyone being overawed by the grand surroundings. It was then across to the Peers Dining Room for refreshments and some serious networking in equally grand surroundings. It was a rewarding evening catching up with far travelled friends now based in London and meeting new friends with whom we had so much in common. This was a very successful evening which had the additional advantage of bringing in-house and private sector lawyers together to participate in a debate which is of such importance to us all.

By Lynda Towers, Chair of ILG