Lady Dorrian

Lady Dorrian and Lord Woolman have been elected as new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The RSE is Scotland’s National Academy and provides independent, expert advice to policymakers and inspires innovative thinking.

They will be joining the RSE’s current fellowship of around 1,700 Fellows, who are recognised as some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in, or connected to, Scotland today.

The Rt. Hon Lady Leeona Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk is one of Scotland’s leading legal minds. After studying at the University of Aberdeen, she joined the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and went on to have a seasoned legal career, including being appointed to her current role in 2016 by her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Lady Dorrian is currently the second most senior judge in Scotland, with a prominent role in the criminal appeals system. Within her role as Lord Justice Clerk, she is President of the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session, and as such, is Chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Speaking of her achievement, Lady Dorrian said:

“I am delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the RSE. It is an honour and a privilege to join an institution which has contributed so much to Scottish society and I look forward to participating fully in its work.”

In a Hey Legal Exclusive, Lord Justice Clerk Lady Dorrian and Edith Forrest Advocate discuss the cross-party Review on Improving the Management of Sexual Offences Cases, chaired by Lady Dorrian.

Other fellows appointed this year from the legal sector include Lord Stephen Woolman, Senator of the College of Justice and President of Scottish Tribunals, Scottish Courts; Professor Lindsay Farmer, Professor of Law, University of Glasgow; Linda Urquhart OBE, Non-Executive Director, Edinburgh Airport and Coutts & Co and former Chief Executive, Morton Fraser LLP.

In an exclusive interview with Hey Legal Lord Woolman, discusses the impact of the pandemic on the functioning of the Tribunal system in Scotland and what lies ahead, and other topics.

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