Pagan Osborne Chief Executive, Alistair Morris, has been elected Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland and will take up the position in June 2013.
His selection was confirmed by the Society’s Council, which is made up of elected and co-opted solicitors from across Scotland as well as lay members from outwith the legal profession. The appointment, which was uncontested, will be formally verified at the next Council meeting in December.
At the same meeting, the Council appointed Bruce Beverage as the Society’s next President. He, too, takes up his new post next year.
Alistair, who is the current Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee Convener and the longest current serving member of Council, has steered legal, financial and property firm, Pagan Osborne for the past 9 years, pioneering a modern, customer-focused approach to traditional legal services.
“I strongly believe in the Law Society and all it stands for, so feel very honoured to have been given this prestigious role. As Vice President, my role will be to support the President to help provide the leadership the profession needs at a critical time in its drive to modernise. For me, this is an opportunity to lead the profession in order to serve the profession.”
Commenting on his appointment as President, Mr Beveridge said,
"The legal profession is going through an unprecedented period of change with new challenges but also new opportunities emerging. It leaves a critically important role for the Law Society which needs to be both relevant to and engaging with its members and with a continued focus on its key responsibility towards the public interest.
"I am also pleased to see Alistair Morris nominated to be the new Vice-President. He is the longest serving and one of the most respected members of Council. I am looking forward to working with him and the rest of Council to help lead and support the Scottish legal profession."