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Mill to head Glasgow legal practice unit

13 February 2009

Douglas Mill, the former chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, has been appointed Director of Professional Legal Practice in the University of Glasgow’s School of Law.

The appointment coincides with the university's decision to split from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law, the joint venture it has supported with the University of Strathclyde over the past 10 years.

Mr Mill, a Glasgow graduate, will take up the newly created post on 1 March 2009. He left the Law Society of Scotland last October after 11 years as chief executive, and currently runs his own business consultancy. Before joining the Society he practised as a solicitor for 18 years.

The School of Law celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2013 and the university is keen to see it become a full service teaching centre to help boost its academic ratings.

Mr Mill said it had been an easy decision for him to apply to return to his alma mater. “I am delighted to be taking up the challenge of delivering the university’s ambitious strategic plans for the School of Law. I enjoy working with students and have always been very involved in legal education.

"With the Law Society poised to outline a new style of diploma, Glasgow has the opportunity to develop full ‘cradle to grave’ law training which will link into lifetime learning for solicitors in Scotland."

He added: "The university has positively encouraged me to continue my consultancy work as they consider that an ongoing coal-face engagement with the profession is essential.”

Professor Tom Mullen, Head of the Law School said: “We aim to make the University of Glasgow’s School of Law one of the top seven law schools in the UK, and expanding professional legal education is a key part of our strategy for achieving that aim. With his background and experience, Douglas is ideally placed to lead the team that will enhance our provision of professional legal education, and the timing of the appointment is perfect given the Law Society of Scotland’s plans for new quality-based continuous professional development.”

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