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Rising stars and stars that have risen – double celebrations at Law Society’s conference

05 October 2015 | tagged News release

Leigh Kirkpatrick, a solicitor at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh, has won this year’s Law Society of Scotland In-House Lawyers’ Committee Rising Star Award.  The award was presented at the Law Society’s Law in Scotland Conference reception, along with a presentation to the Scottish Law Commission to celebrate its 50th year anniversary, on Friday 2 October. 

Runners up to the Rising Star Award were Emma Blundell of City of Edinburgh City Council and Martin Campbell of the Scottish Social Services Council, based in Dundee. 

The In-House Lawyers’ Committee Rising Star Award was launched two years ago to support and promote new lawyers working as part of in-house legal teams, a group that now makes up 30% of Scottish solicitors.

Rising Star Award 2015Lynda Towers, chair of the In-House Lawyers’ committee said: “All the nominations this year were of an exceptional standard, and we had a very difficult task in making our final decision, with every nominee being a potential candidate for top spot.

“I’d like to congratulate Leigh, our very deserving winner, and also our two runners up, Emma and Martin.  Not only have these three exceptionally talented solicitors shown a fantastic commitment to providing the best possible legal services within their respective organisations, but they have also contributed to the wider community through volunteering their personal time and expertise.”

Christine McLintock, President of the Law Society, presented the Rising Star trophy and the runners up prizes, and congratulated the Scottish Law Commission on its 50th anniversary.   

Christine McLintock said: “This year has given us a fantastic opportunity to combine the presenting of our Rising Star Award with the celebration of a star that has risen – the Scottish Law Commission (SLC).  Over the last 50 years, the SLC has made the most valuable contribution to Scottish law reform.  It has modernised family and incapacity law, abolished feudal law, and reformed Scottish land law and criminal law, to name but a few areas.”

The SLC, along with the English Law Commission, has worked with both the UK and Scottish governments to introduce a new parliamentary procedure for non-controversial Law Commission bills, in both the UK and Scottish parliaments. 

Christine Lord Pentalnd SLC 50Christine McLintock said: “Both the Scottish and the English law commissions are to be commended for their work on these new parliamentary procedures.  This has very much paved the way for a speedier and more efficient passage of new law through the legislative process. 

“I’d also like to congratulate and add my thanks to the many solicitors across Scotland who have contributed to the work of the Commission, and in doing so help to underpin SLC discussion papers with genuine, practical experience. 

“We very much look forward to working with the SLC for the next 50 years.”



Rising Star Award

Nominees for the award had to be either in-house trainee solicitors, NQ in-house solicitors or in-house solicitors with up to five years' PQE. They had to demonstrate a track record of achievements, proactively adding value and demonstrating innovation or legal process improvements and should also have made a positive contribution beyond their own organisation.

Leigh Kirkpatrick, as winner, will receive two sessions with a professional career coach, spend time shadowing a senior in-house lawyer, and will receive a free place at a conference.  The runners up each receive a bottle of champagne and a certificate.

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