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Ian takes on compliance
Ian Messer is the Law Society of Scotland’s new Director of Financial Compliance. He replaces Morag Newton, who left the Society in August after 17 years.
Originally from Earlston in the Borders, Ian (43) is a chartered accountant. He previously worked for NHS Lothian as chief internal auditor for NHS Lothian and NHS Borders for six years. Before that he was a manager with accountants Andersons, doing internal audit for private sector clients.
Ian said: “This is a time of great change for both the Society and the profession. The Society is moving towards supporting firms through a risk-based approach to business, so there is a lot of work to be done there. I have inherited a strong, committed team which I’m building up to full complement in the next few weeks.”