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Law Society pays tribute To Kenny MacAskill, welcomes Michael Matheson as new Cabinet Secretary for Justice

21 November 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has paid tribute to Kenny MacAskill MSP who has today left the Scottish Government and been replaced by Michael Matheson as Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

President of the Law Society, Alistair Morris said: "As Scotland's longest serving Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill has made an enormous contribution towards the legal profession and our whole system of justice. His time in office has resulted in major reforms to civil and criminal law, changes to the structure and administration of our courts and a fundamental reorganisation of our police force.

 "Whilst we did not agree with him on everything, Kenny MacAskill was always prepared to listen, to discuss and to engage.  He not only understood the workings of our justice system but had a profound appreciation for the importance of that system in delivering a fair and just society.  He also recognised the increasing economic importance of the legal profession and the need for us to better promote the value and expertise within the profession internationally.

"We are now looking forward to working with Michael Matheson. There are significant challenges facing our justice system, particularly with such pressure on public budgets. There are also opportunities to think creatively and ensure Scotland continues to have a justice system which we can all be proud of."

ENDS                                                                                                     21 November 2014

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 07825 206468 or Louise Docherty on 0131 226 8884. Email:  or


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