Murray Etherington becomes president of the Law Society of Scotland

Murray Etherington becomes president of the Law Society of Scotland

The new president of the Legislation Society of Scotland has stated he will provide his standpoint as a chamber solicitor to the position, in distinction to the several litigators who’ve preceded him.

Murray Etherington formally took in excess of the job of president from Ken Dalling at a assembly of the society’s governing Council on Friday. Sheila Webster has been built vice president.

Mr Etherington explained: “I’m humbled to be given the option to become president of the Regulation Culture, and psyched for the calendar year in advance. My purpose is to offer continuity, and to meet up with and speak with as quite a few customers as I can.

“Unlike virtually every single president who’s preceded me, I have never ever set foot in a courtroom in my everyday living! There have been a lot of litigators in the role, but I would like to fly the flag for chamber observe.

“Of study course 1 of individuals litigators is Ken, who’s performed an exceptional work as president. He has brought his passion, information and dedication to the presidency, and I know he’ll continue to participate in an crucial position with the Regulation Society into the future.

“I’d also like to make unique point out of earlier president Amanda Millar, who is standing down from Council following far more than a ten years. The good effects of Amanda’s do the job on equality and diversity in distinct will proceed to be felt for quite a few decades to appear.”

A Dundee-dependent husband or wife with Thorntons Regulation, Mr Etherington has determined the ongoing combat to help save authorized support and the Regulation Society’s important part regulating the solicitor career as two priorities through his presidency.

“You simply cannot grow to be president of the Society without knowing the affect of authorized support and the absence of support for authorized assist more than a lot of years. I know that Ken will keep on to be a robust general public voice as properly, provided how professional and passionate he is on this significant subject.

“The Regulation Culture does an fantastic career regulating solicitors so the public can have self confidence and our profession continues to prosper. I’ll be repeating that concept loudly and normally as the Scottish Authorities proceeds to take into consideration the foreseeable future of legal regulation.”

The incoming management team will also oversee the implementation in the coming months of a new five-calendar year system that will underpin the Legislation Society’s function making certain the lawful job carries on to thrive and adapt, taking into consideration troubles these as sustainability, wellbeing, technological innovation and authorized assist.

Mr Dalling said: “I know I’m leaving the career in excellent hands, and that Murray and Sheila will do an excellent job as our sector carries on to navigate some major issues.

“It has been a remarkable honour and privilege to be president of the Legislation Modern society. I’d like to thank my quite a few colleagues throughout the Scottish lawful profession and all the Law Culture personnel who’ve served and supported me in the course of the year.

“I’ve been specially proud of the Society’s do the job to deliver aim to the longstanding disaster in legal aid funding and, far more generally, to guarantee the wider legal sector has been equipped to weather conditions and bounce again from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”