Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Law Society of Scotland introduces its new executive director

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The Law Society of Scotland announced the appointment of Diane McGiffen as its new General Manager

Ms. McGiffen succeeds Lorna Jack, who is leaving after 13 years in the professional association of more than 12,000 Scottish attorneys.

She has held senior positions at Audit Scotland for the past 20 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer where she led strategy, business plans, governance, risk and performance.

Ms. McGiffen will take up her new role on January 5th and will lead the Law Society team in developing and executing a new five-year strategy, supporting a growing and record-breaking membership, and ensuring solid regulation in the public interest.

Ken Dalling, President of the Law Society, said, “I am delighted to have Diane become our new General Manager at the start of the new year. She brings a wealth of experience from her time at Audit Scotland, where she led strategy, business plans, governance, risk and performance.

“These are changing and challenging times for us in society, and with Diane at the helm, I am confident that we will continue to excel in law by assisting attorneys in the recovery from Covid-19 and raising the public interest through an ongoing robust Regulation of protect the profession. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with her as President.

“Of course I would also like to thank our outgoing CEO Lorna Jack for her outstanding contribution to society over the past 13 years, which was rightly recognized at this year’s Law Awards. She led the company, inspired it and made it a truly global leader. “

Ms. McGiffen added: “I am very excited to join the Law Society of Scotland. As Chief Executive, I would like to help the Society build on Scotland’s proud tradition of legal excellence and meet the challenges ahead. Society is committed to acting in the public interest ”to protect and promote the rule of law; In order for us to recover from the effects of Covid-19, a strong, independent legal sector is essential to ensure access to justice and the protection and promotion of human rights and the creation of a more just and just society. These are proud goals – and now more important than ever – so it will be a privilege to support the contribution of the Law Society of Scotland in these key areas. I look forward to meeting everyone involved. in the work of society. “

The outgoing CEO Lorna Jack added, “I am very excited to hand over to Diane. I know she will bring the right mix of experience, skills, and leadership skills to keep society growing stronger. I will continue to look from afar with pride at this great organization that makes a great contribution to the legal sector and Scottish society. I wish Diane and the team that she will lead all the best. “

News of the appointment came days after lawyers protested outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court after alleging that one of its members had been “removed” from the courthouse by police. Members of the Edinburgh Bar Association refused to conduct day-to-day business following an incident in the cell area on Saturday morning.

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