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New Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission 13/01/2014 The new Chair to the Scottish Law Commission has been appointed: the Hon Lord Pentland will succeed Lady Clark of Calton in the post.

New Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission

The new Chair to the Scottish Law Commission has been appointed: the Hon Lord Pentland (Paul Cullen) will succeed Lady Clark of Calton in the post.

His appointment will last for five years, beginning on 1st January 2014.

Lord Pentland has been a Senator of the College of Justice since November 2008. According to the Scottish Law Commission announcement, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982 and became a QC in 1995.

He served as an Advocate Depute (Crown Counsel prosecuting in the High Court) between 1991 and 1994 and in 1995 he was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland, an office he held until the General Election in 1997. 

Over the course of his career, Lord Pentland has been Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of the Environment in Scotland, Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal, a Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Chairman of the Public Inquiry into limestone mining subsidence in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh. 

In 2010 Lord Pentland was appointed as a member of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber).  He is also an Intellectual Property Judge.

“I am delighted that Lord Pentland has accepted the offer of appointment as Chair to the Scottish Law Commission,” said the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill. “The work of the Scottish Law Commission, and its commitment to law reform in Scotland, is highly valued by the Scottish Government.  I am sure that Lord Pentland’s skills and experience will be an asset to the work of the Commission.”

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