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New President for the SSA 16/12/2016 John Scott QC, a partner at Capital Defence Lawyers, has become the new President of the SSA

New President for the SSA – John Scott QC 

The Society of Solicitor Advocates' held its Annual General Meeting at the SSC Library in Edinburgh on 8th December.

Tom Marshall of Thompsons Solicitors, who has been the President for 6 years, demitted office. The committee thanked Tom for his shrewd leadership and commitment to the interests of Solicitor Advocates.

Tom has ensured that the Society has had an increased focus on training in the last 6 years, not just for our members but for solicitor advocates and solicitors more generally. Tom has been key to the successful transition from being the recipients of advocacy training, mainly from NITA, to offering high quality advocacy training ourselves.

John Scott QC, a partner at Capital Defence Lawyers, has become the new President of the SSA. John has served as Vice-President (Criminal) of the Society for 8 years, and is well known and widely respected within the profession. His place as Vice-President (Criminal) has been taken by Ross Yuill of The Glasgow Law Practice, a former President of the Glasgow Bar Association.

After the formal business of the AGM, the Lord President, Lord Carloway, gave an enlightening talk on the practice of advocacy in the changing court landscape. In a wide ranging talk and in subsequent answers to questions from members, he discussed the Court’s preferences and his views on training and ethics.

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