Member of the Tribunal since September 2006. Chairman of the Tribunal since June 2016. Partner in MacHardy Alexander & Whyte, Forfar mainly dealing with conveyancing and executry work. Previously held a part time appointment in the Appeal Service.
Colin Bell ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 2006. Admitted 1994. Sole practitioner principally in the fields of property law, wills, trusts, executries and tax law. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Part time Senior Tutor at the University of Glasgow School of Law.
Alistair Cockburn ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 1998. Vice Chairman since 2003, Chairman from June 2005 to June 2016. Admitted in 1972. Partner in Glasgow firm since 1974 which through mergers now has 15 partners. Professional background is as a litigation solicitor. Past convener of the Sheriff Court House Committee of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow. For many years was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law. Past member of the Glasgow and North Argyll Legal Aid Committee. Acts as Clerk in various arbitration procedures.
Alan McDonald ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since October 2004. Appointed Vice Chairman in June 2013. Partner in South Forrest, Solicitors, Inverness, specialising in company and commercial law. Lay member of Action for Children fostering panel. Dean of the Faculty of Solicitors of the Highlands.
Kenneth Paterson ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 2006. Vice Chairman from June 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 1973. Previously a Reporter to the Client Relations Committee of the Law Society for 3 years. Has been with Rankin & Aitken since 1977 being appointed a partner in 1979. Currently the senior partner of the firm dealing largely with private client work. Honorary Sheriff at Stranraer since 1998. Past Dean of Wigtown District Faculty of Solicitors.
Member of the Tribunal since September 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 2001. Dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England and Wales. Solicitor advocate accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence law. Currently an associate with DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP specialising in professional negligence litigation. Prior to that, worked for Brodies LLP for 13 years. Former part-time tutor at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies. Former solicitor member of the Law Society of Scotland Complaints Sub-Committee.
Member of the Tribunal since September 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 1991. Principal area of practice has been civil litigation. Joined Digby Brown in 2014 as Associate and Professional Support Lawyer. Senior tutor and tutor on courses on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University. Teaches on Glasgow University’s TCPD programme. University of Stirling Recognised Teacher & Peer Reviewer.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. General Counsel and Director at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; formerly a partner in the Regulatory and Professional Discipline department of London law firm, Kingsley Napley LLP. Prior to that trained and worked for ten years as a solicitor with Shepherd+ Wedderburn LLP. Dual qualified in Scotland and England and Wales. Member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. Legal Assessor appointed to advise disciplinary panels of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Tutor in public and constitutional law at the University of Edinburgh.
Eric Robert Lumsden
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. Partner in a six partner firm in Central Scotland, practicing principally in the fields of property law, Wills, trusts and executries.
Member of the Tribunal since 2016. Admitted 1985. Joined Burness Paull LLP in 1989 and has been a partner since 1997. Practitioner in the fields of projects and construction, and harbours/ports (and previously commercial property) and an accredited Law Society specialist in both construction and arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. Admitted in 1984. Trained and worked in private practice in commercial conveyancing. Was a Procurator Fiscal Depute in Dumbarton and Glasgow as well as worked on secondment to the Scottish Government in legal aid policy. Currently working for the Judicial Institute for Scotland in relation to developing justices’ training as well as teaching as an adhoc tutor at Strathclyde and Edinburgh Universities in a range of legal subjects at post graduate and undergraduate level. Working part time as Duty Solicitor for the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
Member of the Tribunal since October 2004. Consultant in Ayrshire firm specialising in court related matters, primarily criminal. Former member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and former Convener of Client Relations Committee. Past Dean of Faculty of Solicitors of Kilmarnock.