Regulation & Government

Law Society of Scotland announces president elect

In her new role, Sheila Webster will take over from current vice president, Murray Etherington.

The Law Society of Scotland has confirmed that Sheila Webster, Edinburgh commercial litigation solicitor, is president elect for 2023-24.

Webster will assume her new role in May 2022, succeeding current vice president, Murray Etherington, when he takes up the reins from current president of the Law Society of Scotland, Ken Dalling.

Webster is partner and head of the Dispute Resolution team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart. She sits on the Law Society Board and has been a Law Society Council member for Edinburgh since 2017.

Meanwhile, Philip Lafferty and Susan Murray, who were also nominated for president elect in November, will reportedly continue to contribute to the Society’s work in their council, committee and board member roles.

Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Sheila has been the council representative for her Edinburgh constituents for four years. Through her varied and extensive work at the Society and in private practice, she has an appreciation of the wide variety of issues faced by her legal colleagues.

“Undoubtedly there is another challenging year ahead of us as we continue to recover from the impact of the coronavirus. I know that Sheila will rise to the challenges ahead, that she will apply her characteristic enthusiasm and expertise and continue to make a valuable contribution to the Society’s work, the profession and the clients they serve.”

Webster added: “I am delighted to be taking up the post as the Society’s president elect and look forward to working alongside Murray during his presidency next year.

“It is imperative that the legal profession is fully equipped to provide world-class legal services, whether their clients are internal customers, commercial bodies or some of the most vulnerable members of society.”

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