Nine Scottish solicitors granted extended rights of audience by the Law Society of Scotland Council to become solicitor advocates have been introduced to the court at a ceremony on Tuesday 19 November 2019. 

Following the ceremony the new solicitor advocates will be allowed to exercise their extended rights in the higher criminal courts.

The new solicitor advocates had the opportunity to meet with the Lord President in chambers and Law Society of Scotland President, John Mulholland, invited Lord Boyd, a former Solicitor Advocate himself, to administer the Declaration of Allegiance to the solicitor advocates during the ceremony on Tuesday. Tom Marshall, Law Society of Scotland Council member for solicitor advocates and Law Society Rights of Audience Sub Committee Convener was also present at the ceremony.

John said, “It was an honour and privilege to be part of this very special occasion. Gaining Extended Rights of Audience in the High Court is a tremendous achievement for our solicitors and they should be very proud of all their hard work. As they embark on the next stage of their legal careers, they can continue to rely on the support of the Law Society. Congratulations to all!”

Image above from left to right: Michael Macintosh, Eilidh Robertson, Adrian Fraser, Lauren McRobert, Kim Schofield, John Mulholland, Lord President, Louise Beattie, Paul Mullen, Stephanie Ross, Michelle Brannagan

Image on the left from left to right: Eilidh Robertson, Stephanie Ross, Michael Macintosh, Lauren McRobert, John Mulholland, Tom Marshall, Michelle Brannagan, Paul Mullen, Louise Beattie, Adrian Fraser, Kim Schofield.                         



Adrian Fraser (COPFS)
Louise Beattie (COPFS)
Paul Mullen (Livingstone Brown Limited)
Kim Schofield (COPFS)
Stephanie Ross (COPFS)
Lauren McRobert (COPFS)
Eilidh Robertson  (COPFS)
Michelle Brannagan (COPFS)
Michael Macintosh (COPFS)


Rights of audience

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