Seven Scottish solicitors have been introduced to the Court at a ceremony at Parliament House in Edinburgh, after being granted extended rights of audience by the Law Society of Scotland Council to become solicitor advocates.

The introduction to Court means the new solicitor advocates will now have extended rights of audience to appear in the High Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Two ceremonies are being held to accommodate in person Introductions to Court at Parliament House and the second ceremony will take place next week.

The new solicitor advocates are:

  • Tommy Allan, Allans
  • Brian Bell, Bell Brodie Solicitors
  • David Fisken, Murphy, Robb & Sutherland
  • Alexandria Kirk, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Gary Miller, Jim Friel Solicitors
  • Robert Reid, McGovern Reid Court Lawyers
  • Desmond Ziolo, Fitzpatrick & Co

Law Society President, Ken Dalling, invited Lord Brailsford to administer the Declaration of Allegiance to the solicitor advocates during the ceremony.

Ken Dalling said:

“It’s always an honour to be involved in these ceremonies, recognising the hard work and commitment that these solicitors have shown to gain extended rights of audience.

“I’m really pleased that we’re able to mark this important occasion in person and in a fitting venue after the disruption of the past two years

“We at the Society look forward to seeing our new solicitor advocates embark on this next stage of their legal careers, and will also continue to offer them our guidance and support.”

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