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Appointment of new sheriffs 21/02/2012 Two new sheriffs have recently been appointed.

Appointment of new sheriffs

Two new sheriffs have recently been appointed. The appointments will see Mr Derek Jack Hamilton, Solicitor, as sheriff at Greenock Sheriff Court and Mr Peter Paterson, Solicitor, as an all Scotland floating sheriff based at Arbroath.

Mr Hamilton will take up appointment on 1 May 2012 and Mr Paterson will take up appointment on a date to be arranged.

Mr Hamilton was admitted as a solicitor in 1983. In 1999 he was a founding partner of Hamilton Ross, Solicitors. He has experience in both criminal and civil work, and was an accredited personal injury specialist.

Mr Hamilton holds a number of Judicial and Tribunal appointments. In 2006 he became an Honorary Sheriff and an Immigration Judge. In 2007 he became a Legal Convenor with the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, moving on to become in-house convener in 2008. Since 2010 he has been a Legal Advisor to the General Dental Council and a Duty Immigration Judge, both sitting in England, and since 2011 a judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber.

Mr Paterson was admitted as a Solicitor in 1980 and worked with Skene Edwards WS as an Assistant in charge of litigation until being made a partner in 1986. In 2000 Mr Paterson moved to Tods Murray LLP as Partner in their Litigation Department until 2004 when he became Department Managing Partner.

Mr Paterson has been a temporary sheriff and a part time Chairman of Employment Tribunals. In 2005 he was appointed as a part-time sheriff.

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