Graeme McWilliams, Legal Adviser at Standard Life, has been appointed as convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s In-house Lawyers’ Committee (ILC).
Graeme joined the In-house Lawyers’ Group Committee, which last year became the ILC, in 2012 and has worked as an in-house lawyer at Standard Life since 1988. As ILC Convener, Graeme will also be a co-opted member of the Law Society Council and will lead and support the in-house community for the next three years.
Beth Anderson, Head of Member Engagement for In-house Lawyers at the Law Society, said: "Graeme brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the role of ILC Convener and I want to congratulate him on his appointment. I look forward to working with Graeme over the next three years to represent, support and promote the interests of Law Society members working in-house in Scotland and beyond.
“I also offer my thanks to Andrew Todd and Allan Steele for putting their names forward. I know they will continue to help lead legal excellence and promote the in-house community as dedicated members of the ILC.”
Graeme McWilliams said: “It is a great honour and privilege to have been selected by my fellow in-house lawyers to serve as Convener of the In-House Lawyers’ Committee, particularly when our sector makes up about a third of the profession.
“It is also a major responsibility, which I will undertake with the same enthusiasm and commitment as Lynda Towers, our outgoing Convener, who worked tirelessly to transition to the Society’s new In-House Lawyers’ Committee. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Lynda on behalf of all of our members.
“These are very challenging times for us all, and the ILC will continue to champion the in-house community, support the Society’s pursuit of legal excellence, and make a real difference for in-house members in both the private and public sectors.”
The ILC was set up in 2015 to represent, support and promote the interests of Law Society members working in-house in Scotland and beyond. It continues the work of the ILG Committee, which was established in 1973 as an independent committee of the Society.
The full results were:
Graeme McWilliams – 159 votes
Andrew Todd and Allan Steele – 76 votes
Total: 235 votes