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Alistair Morris set to succeed Bruce Beveridge as Society president

29 November 2013

Chief Executive of Pagan Osborne Alistair Morris has been nominated to be the next president of the Law Society of Scotland, with three candidates nominated to succeed him as vice-president.

Alistair Morris, who is the longest serving member of Council having joined in 1992, is now set to succeed Bruce Beveridge as president in May of next year.

The new vice-president will now be decided by a secret ballot of Council members with the result due to be announced on 13 December. The three nominations for vice-president are:


  • Jane MacEachran is the Head of Legal and Democratic Services at Aberdeen City Council and has been a member of the Society’s Council since 2002. She is currently a member of the Society’s regulatory committee and convener of the admissions sub-committee.
  • David Newton is the Society's current treasurer and law reform convener. He is a partner with the PRG Partnership and has been a member of the Society's Council since 2005 representing solicitors in Dumbarton.
  • Christine McLintock is the former general counsel for Pinsent Masons with overall responsibility for the in-house legal service, professional risk management and compliance.  She has been a Council member for Edinburgh since 2005 and is the current convener of the Society’s education and training committee.


Current Law Society president Bruce Beveridge said: “I am delighted that Alistair has been nominated to be the next president. For the last 20 years he has given great service to his professional body, including a long period as convener of our Guarantee Fund sub-committee.  I have no doubt he will be a first class president when he takes up the role next May.

I am also pleased to see such a strong field of candidates emerge for vice-president.  It is a mark of the important role which the Law Society plays, not just for the profession but for civic Scotland, that we are able to attract people of such calibre.”

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