Eight solicitors, granted extended rights of audience by the Law Society of Scotland’s Council, have been introduced to the Court at a virtual ceremony today, 19 February.

It is the first time that the ceremony has been held remotely, due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Following their introduction, the new solicitor advocates may exercise their extended rights of audience in the Court of Session, the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

The new solicitor advocates are: Jane Davey, of the Highland Council, Suzanne McGarrigle of Harper Macleod LLP, Emma Forrester of DWF LLP, Naomi Pryde of DWF LLP, Nikki Hunter of Morton Fraser LLP, Kirsten Thomson of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Alasdair Sutherland of Burness Paull LLP, and Erin Grieve of Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

Our President, Amanda Millar, invited Lady Wise to administer the Declaration of Allegiance to the recently admitted solicitor advocates during the ceremony, following which they met with the Lord President (pictured below).

Amanda said: “It was an honour to be part of this special occasion, even if current circumstances did not allow us to meet in person. Gaining extended rights of audience takes hard work and dedication, and all the solicitors should be very proud of their achievement. We at the Society will continue to support them as they embark on the next stage of their legal careers and I offer my congratulations to all.”