01 Jun 2017
Lindsays is delighted to confirm that Alison Atack has taken up the role of Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland as of Friday 26 May 2017
The Law Society of Scotland has announced that Alison Atack, a partner of Lindsays’ Private Client team based in Glasgow is the organisation’s new Vice President and Graham Matthews, a partner at law firm Peterkins, has taken up the role of President.
Alison, who represents solicitors in Glasgow and Strathkelvin on the Society’s Council, has been a member of the Regulatory Committee and is convener of the Client Protection Sub-Committee.
Speaking about her new role, Alison said: “I am looking forward to working alongside Graham as vice president during the next 12 months and getting to know the wider profession and understanding some of the particular pressures they face. As the Society’s new office bearers we will continue the drive towards being a world-class organisation, providing the support and services solicitors are looking for to ensure their businesses can thrive and that they can continue to meet the needs of their clients.”
Outgoing President Eilidh Wiseman, said: “I’m very pleased to congratulate both Graham and Alison on taking up their roles as President and Vice President.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to represent Scottish solicitors during the past year and I know Graham and Alison will do a superb job while they are in office. Both have been long-standing members of the Council – with over 30 years between them - and will bring their combined knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to their new roles as President and Vice President, particularly during a time of enormous change for the profession and public alike. They each have a deep understanding of key issues affecting the profession and the Society, not least the rapidly changing legal market and the need for more modern, flexible governance, the issues around access to justice and legal aid, and of course the outcomes of negotiations following the vote to leave the EU.”
The new President, Mr Matthews has represented city of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire solicitors on the Law Society’s Council for over 10 years and has served on a number of committees including the Client Protection (formerly Guarantee Fund), Professional Practice, Remuneration and also Regulation Committees.
Graham Matthews, said: “It is a huge honour to be President of the Law Society of Scotland and serve our membership, whether they are working on the high street, in-house, or in city firms across Scotland and further afield. The profession has changed enormously since I started out in practice, but solicitors’ willingness and ability to adapt to a changing environment remains constant.
“Eilidh has done a tremendous job during her year in office, showing determination, grace and good humour in approaching even the most demanding of issues. I’d like to thank her for all of her work as Alison and I take up the reins.”