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Christine McLinktock to be new Law Society vice president

13 December 2013 | tagged News release

Christine McLintock, former general counsel for Pinsent Masons, has been elected to serve as the next vice president of the Law Society of Scotland.

Ms McLintock was declared the winner of the three way contest for vice president following a secret ballot of Council members over the last week. PRG Partnership David Newton came second with Aberdeen City Council Head of Legal Services Jane MacEachran third.

Ms McLintock will become the second female to take up the post next May, exactly ten years after Caroline Flanagan became the Society's first female vice president in 2004.

Current Vice President and Pagan Osborne CEO Alistair Morris was the sole-nominee to be the next president when nominations were sought last month. There is a long standing convention that the vice president goes on to become the president of the Society the following year.

Current Law Society President Bruce Beveridge said: "I am delighted for Christine. Through her work at Pinsent Masons, her chairing of our Education and Training Committee and as a member of our Board and Council, she has shown great ability, skill and judgement. Working with the new president Alistair Morris, the Society will have a first class team of office bearers at the helm from next May.

"I also want to thank David Newton and Jane MacEachran, two excellent candidates who ensured there was a spirited contest. Both of them make an invaluable contribution to the Society and I'm looking forward to benefiting from their continued involvement on Council and our committees."

Christine McLintock said: "I want to thank my colleagues on Council for their support. This is a critical time for the Law Society with a rapidly changing legal market and major issues for us to focus on, not least the referendum next year on Scottish independence.

"I want to also thank David and Jane, who are both valued and much respected colleagues. I am looking forward to working with them, Alistair Morris and wider team at the Society over the coming months."

Notes to editors:

The total votes cast for each candidate was as follows:

Christine McLintock - 25

David Newton - 10

Jane MacEachran - 8

Christine McLintock is a former general counsel for Pinsent Mason, having overall responsibility for the in-house legal service, professional risk management and compliance. She was elected a Law Society of Scotland Council member for Edinburgh in 2005 and has been Convener of the Education and Training Committee for the last six years.

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