The purposes of the Scottish Legal Action Group are to increase understanding of the law and legal services, and work to improve the legal system for the benefit of those people in Scotland who are economically, socially or otherwise disadvantaged. It is a registered charity funded by membership subscription.
Since its launch in 1975 the Group has played an important role in Scottish civic society in campaigning for law reform and increased access to justice. It publishes a monthly Journal, responds to consultations, holds events and works along with other organisations in support of its objectives. The Group also supports other organisations and their campaigns on issues which are relevant to the Group’s aims and purposes. The Journal is widely praised for keeping people well informed about relevant developments through its news, articles and updates.
Proposals for reform of welfare law, legal aid, bankruptcy, criminal procedure, the civil court structure, and employment law are all current examples of changes which will impact on the lives of disadvantaged people and affect their ability to obtain access to justice. The Group’s work to make the law work better on their behalf is as important now as it ever was.
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The Board of the Scottish Legal Action Group
Robert Sutherland - Convenor
Robert has been the Convenor since 2004. He was admitted to the bar in 1992. Robert is also a Trustee and Secretary of Scottish Legal Education Trust (SLET). As an advocate he specialises in administrative and local government, environmental, housing, property, and agricultural law. He is Legal Adviser to Lothian Association of Youth Clubs (LAYC) and a director of Scottish Legal News Limited.
Lucy Frazer - Deputy Convenor
Lucy is currently studying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, having gained an LLB with honours in Scots law from the University of Dundee . She became a director of the group in 2011 and Deputy Convenor in 2012.
Eamon Keane - Honorary Secretary
Eamon graduated with a LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Dundee in June 2012 and will be undertaking his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in September. He is co-founder and Student Director of the Dundee Student Law Clinic, a past President Of Dundee University's School of Law Mooting Society and co-founder of the Scottish Universities Law Clinic Network. Personally interested in matters concerning social justice, public policy and regulatory legislation he will begin his traineeship in Edinburgh in 2013. He became a director in July 2011.
Tara Davison - Treasurer
Tara is currently studying for a bechelor of law degree at Edinburgh Napier University. She joined the board in 2012.
Andrew Wilson - Editor
Andrew has been associated with the group since 2000. Involvement with the group and journal inspired Andrew to study for a BA in Law as a mature student. Subsequently he has tutored and lectured in a variety of law subjects for BA and LLB programmes at Edinburgh Napier and University of Dundee and gained an LL.M with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. He succeeded Brian Dempsey as the Editor of SCOLAG Legal Journal
Scott is a solicitor with a prominent criminal defence firm in Edinburgh. He is a Dundee graduate and trained in general practice in Angus. He has been a director since 2007.
Lindsay H Paterson
Lindsay is a solicitor in Glasgow and has worked in law centres for the last eight years. She specialises in the rights of vulnerable migrant workers and members of BAEM communities and, in particular, dealing with slum landlords and criminal gangmasters. She is committed to using social welfare law to tackle injustice. She became a director in June 2011.
Donald has served on the board since 2006, including as treasurer. Since retiring from Lothian & Boarders Police at the rank of Superintendent, Donald continues to work in the field of community safety and child protection.
Liam is a Solicitor Advocate with Turnbull McCarron. He became a director of the group in 2011.
Caroline is a solicitor working mainly in criminal law. She became a director of the group in 2012
Conor is currently studying for an LLB at the University of Dundee. He became a director of the group in 2012.
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