New President for The Law Society

Jamie Millar, a partner with Lindsays solicitors, has become the President of the Law Society of Scotland.

Mr Millar (61) has been vice-president since May 2009, and was the Society’s Treasurer for three years before that. He has been a member of the Council for six years and served as a member of a Client relations Committee for seven years from 1997.

A trainee with the then Tindal, Oatts and Rodger, Mr Millar qualified in 1973. He was a partner with the firm from 1975 to 1986. From 1986 to 2006 he was a partner at Bishops and from 2006 he was a partner at Brodies.

Jamie has over thirty years experience as a corporate lawyer specialising in acquistions/mergers, joint ventures, trade associations and corporate governance.

“The Legal Services Bill has been the major focus for the Society in the past year and will continue to be in the coming months as the Society looks at how it could regulate the new business models as well as supporting the profession during their introduction.

“The Society is continuing its modernisation programme to meet the profession’s needs now and into the future, and with that the profession continue to be consulted and asked for feedback as we develop services which will support them during this challenging time.

”Scotland’s solicitors play a major part in Scotland’s economy and I would like that to be recognised. The Society will continue to promote the profession to attract business to Scotland and enhance our economy.”

One of the key areas of work the Society is focusing on is the implementation of its review of education and training in 2010-2011.

Former area Procurator Fiscal, Cameron Ritchie, becomes the Vice-President.

Mr Ritchie (57) retired from the Crown and Procurator Fiscal Service at the end of May to take up his new post. He has been a member of the Society’s Council for six years. He became a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in criminal law in 1995.

Four new members were also welcomed to Council. They were Mike Dailly, John McGovern and David O’Hagan from the Glasgow and Strathkelvin constituency and Amanda Miller, who will represent Perth solicitors.

Thursday 27 May

Photos available on request.

Contact: Suzy Powell
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