“The Scottish legal sector is like no other in the world and it must have its own quality independent programme which recognises and promotes the work of our first class professionals.”
The late Margo MacDonald MSP, former chair of the Judging Panel
Shonaig Macpherson CBE FRSE DUni LL.B has a portfolio of non-executive directorships. Retiring from the law in 2004 she is a member of the Joint Management Board of the Scotland Office and the Office of the Advocate General. She is chairman of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Vice Chairman of The Robertson Trust and a non-executive director of Euan’s Guide, Dunedin Consort and Futurelearn Limited.
Shonaig has also been Chairman of The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and ITI Scotland Limited, the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust and the first ever non-executive member of Scottish Government’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Gordon Jackson QC (Dean of Faculty) became an advocate in 1979 and took silk in 1990. In 2016 he was elected Dean of Faculty after holding the office of Vice-Dean of Faculty since 2014. He served as an Advocate Depute from 1987 to 1990 and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Govan from 1999 to 2007. He has extensive experience in the criminal courts, instructed as defence counsel across the full gamut of criminal practice, including trials and appeals.
Gordon is held in high respect for his no-nonsense practical approach coupled with his eloquent oratory and dexterity in interpreting the key relevant facts of a case, earning him a reputation as a well instructed and feared opponent at the Criminal Bar. He called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1990.
Greig Cameron joined The Times as its Scottish business editor in January of 2016. He covers all sectors in the country ranging from start-ups and entrepreneurs through to big corporates and the economy. As well as looking after the Scottish content in the weekly legal section of the newspaper he contributes to The Brief, the online portal for industry news and opinion.
Prior to joining The Times he spend four years as the deputy business editor at The Herald and was the main correspondent for commercial legal firm stories on the title.
Greig started his career as a news journalist with the Edinburgh based press agency Deadline and spent many days sitting in and around court rooms across east central Scotland covering stories and waiting for cases to be called. After that he joined the Daily Record as a general news reporter before moving internally to specialise in business. That was firstly with the Business7 weekly newspaper and then latterly as the deputy editor of Insider magazine, where he wrote several of the magazine's annual legal sector reviews.
Apart from a brief engagement with the Metropolitan Police, William Cameron has had a long and successful career within the enforcement business. Educated at Culloden Academy Inverness, he went on to be a partner with Michael M Cameron, the family firm. William built up the firm’s presence in Aberdeen until December 2000 when it merged with Scotland’s leading firm of Sherriff Officers , Scott and Co. William continued with the new enlarged firm, establishing it as the leading operator across the North and North East of Scotland. From 2010-11 he served as President of the Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff-Officers.
After Scott+Co became part of MarstonHoldings in 2016 he took on the role of National Enforcement Director (Scotland) and part of the Senior Management Team. He is responsible for a range of key functions including leadership of the firm’s network of Sheriff-Officers and field agents across the country.
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Liquor Licensing since 1995
Six years ago Janet set up Janet Hood Training & Consulting Ltd. a niche business dealing exclusively with licensing matters from alcohol to zoos. She consults on licensing matters for many solicitors’ firms across Scotland and England offering a poach free service. She also advises the licensed trade directly on all licensing matters including applications, reviews, training, compliance and due diligence. She is known as a go- to- woman in licensing matters.
Janet sits on several influential committees Law Society Law Reform Licensing Sub Group, the National Trade Forum which is a new initiative feeding directly into Police Scotland’s Liquor & Civic Licensing Policy Unit, and the licensed trade 100 Group being just three
She has had an exciting career, 21 years in local government, 6 heading up the British Institute of Innkeeping in Scotland. She sat on the Law Society Council for 17 years and headed up the In House Lawyers Group for 15 years and has served on the Law Society Board, and a number of other committees. Networking effectively is key to her career.
Janet offers pro bono help to law graduates and students to improve their job application and interview techniques. When not working Janet will either be making bread for family and friends or can be found walking the highways and byways of South Aberdeenshire with Rumpole - her faithful Staffordshire terrier.
Paul is the Executive Director of Member Services and Engagement at the Law Society of Scotland where he leads a highly skilled and dedicated team that looks after the needs of solicitors and accredited paralegals in Scotland, and Scottish solicitors practising in England and Wales as well as other overseas jurisdictions. The Law Society of Scotland has an ambitious strategy leading into 2020 and Paul is working across the organisation with his colleagues to deliver its goals.
Prior to joining the Law Society of Scotland, Paul was a consultant specialising in leadership and strategy formation within the legal sector, some notable clients included the Birmingham Law Society and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy partnership.
Before establishing his own consultancy and joining Mills Rendall Associates, as an associate consultant, Paul was Director of Services at the Bar Council of England and Wales. Paul joined the Bar Council of England and Wales as Head of Member Services when he established its commercial operations and member servicing functions building it into a modern, outward-facing service culture. Paul had several roles at the Bar Council during his nine years, including director of the Policy team for nearly a year.
Paul is also the architect behind the first legal-specialised Third Party Managed Account (TMPA) (or escrow account as it is also known), BARCO, which was established in 2012 and has innovated the client fund management options for law firms and barristers’ chambers across England and Wales. Paul left the BARCO Board of Directors in June 2017.
Paul’s earlier career includes roles in retail banking, online stockbroking and social housing.
In early 2016 Paul did a tandem skydive to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society that led him to begin volunteering as a Fundraising Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, a role he values and enjoys as a cause close to his heart.
Paul was born in Solihull, England and is an Law graduate from the University of Wolverhampton.
David is an event host and conference organiser with a long background in covering legal affairs. He has written about the Scottish legal sector on a weekly basis for more than a decade and has been involved as a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since its second year, presenting The Lifetime Achievement Award on a number of occasions.
As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has a varied career as a writer, editor, media consultant, event organiser and event host, with a particular interest in law, rural affairs, education and general public policy. He has organised around 75 business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted more than 100 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK.
Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs) who enjoys football, coastal rowing and live music. He spends a lot of time on buses and trains, often leading to transport Twitter fury @davidleemedia
Christine is the Past President of the Law Society of Scotland having held office from 2015-2016. Before the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons, Christine was the Risk & Knowledge Management Partner and a member of the Board of McGrigors.
She then became General Counsel for Pinsent Masons and headed up the Risk, Compliance and In-House Legal Services Group. In May 2013, she retired as a partner in Pinsent Masons to explore consultancy and non-executive opportunities.
Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland. She joined Council in 2005 and served on the Society's Board from its inception in 2009 to 2017. Prior to that, she was a member of the Strategy and Governance Group, as well as being the Convenor of the Education & Training Committee since 2007. In that role, Christine was responsible for delivering a new route to qualification, working with the Education & Training Policy Team.
Christine is the Convener of the Public Policy Committee of the Society, a committee set up to oversee policy development and implementation. She is also chair of the Lawscot Foundation (a charity which provides mentoring and financial support to individuals from less advantaged backgrounds who aspire to become a Scottish solicitor), chair of Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (Scotland’s only open to all bereavement counselling charity) and a trustee of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting. She is currently a member of the independent Review of the Regulation of Legal Services in Scotland.
Graeme McWilliams is Legal Counsel, Commercial Legal with Standard Life Aberdeen, Edinburgh. He joined the In-house Lawyers’ Group Committee in 2012, was appointed In-House Lawyers’ Committee Convener in July 2016, and as such, is also a co-opted member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.
Graeme qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1983, worked in private practice in Glasgow, joined Standard Life in 1988 and has managed the Standard Life Aberdeen group IP portfolio since 1999. He is an IP/IT lawyer with a passion for communication and a creative streak. Graeme is a keen supporter of World IP Day, the Edinburgh Legal Walk and the annual Faculty of Advocates / ILC 21st Century Bar Conference in Edinburgh. He recently stepped down from the board of the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Neil Taylor was appointed Director of the Office of the Advocate General & Solicitor to the Advocate General in August 2017.
Neil started out as a legal adviser before becoming a parliamentary draftsman for Bills that the Scottish Government introduced in the Scottish Parliament between 2002 and 2013. In 2010 he was seconded to Historic Scotland for nine months in a policy role and also served as interim Chief Operating Officer for a short period. Neil was a non-executive member of the Historic Scotland Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2015.
Neil was Head of Advisory & Legislation Division in OAG from March 2013 until August 2016 with work including issues around the referendum on Scottish Independence, the subsequent Smith Commission and leading the team in OAG to deliver the bill which became the Scotland Act 2016.
He then became Legal Secretary to the Advocate General from August 2016 to August 2017. During that time working on constitutional issues arising from Exiting the European Union including the devolution implications of the Government’s arguments in the ‘Article 50’ Miller case before the Supreme Court.
Paul White, a Director of LawWorks Scotland, has a wide range of experience across sectors, where the emphasis of his work has been on change, empowerment, participation and social justice.
After studying journalism, Paul graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He worked for an unemployed workers’ centre in Bathgate and then Citizens Advice Scotland before moving to Lothian Regional Council. With local government re-organisation, Paul moved to West Lothian Council.
On completion of an MBA at Napier University, Paul joined the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the national umbrella body for the third sector in Scotland, initially as Director of Networks and later as Director of Health and Social Care.
Paul’s current activity includes working with LinkLiving, a social care charity dedicated to improving lives.
An accountant by profession, Frasia Wright has been involved in legal recruitment since 1988. Having also worked in both New York and London, she is today recognised as having the longest track record in Scottish legal recruitment since establishing FWA in 1995, where her name is synonymous with professional integrity and confidentiality.
FWA offers the most relevant and appropriate recruitment and career advice to clients and candidate lawyers at all levels. Frasia concentrates on the more established end of the market, bringing her skills and knowledge together to work with senior lawyers, partners and team moves within private practice or in-house. She works closely with law firms and other organisations to provide solutions to recruitment problems and to complement their own recruitment strategies.