Notice Board

Notice Board



Please find below some recent announcements circulated round the members of the Society of Advocates. Members may submit items for inclusion, such as changes to telephone numbers, searches for wills, please just contact the Executive Secretary with full details.

20 September 2017 


Promotion to Ordinary member application has been received from Lisa Penny of Blackwood Partners.  Trainee member applications have been recevied from: Thomas Procter of Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace, Kathryn Murdoch of Stronachs, Martyn Ross of Marathon Oil and Kevin Anderson of Grant Smith Law Practice.


18 September 2017 


Maria Robertson will be on annual leave on Friday 22nd September.  Suzanne Park will cover the morning for the usual hours of 9.30am - 1pm. The Library and coffee shop will be open during these hours only.

The Society is shut for the Public Holiday on Monday 25th September.

Sincere apologies. 


23 March 2017 

Please note that Broad Street is now closed to cars between Queen Street and Upperkirkgate; so entry to Concert Court is only possible from the Union Street end of Broad Street. 

23 February 2017 


ROSS Suddenly, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, on Monday, February 20, 2017, George Ross MBE, retired partner of Ledingham Chalmers, Solicitors. Dearly loved husband of Liz and the late Anne, much loved dad and father-in-law of Andrew and Amy, Ryo and the late Nicky, devoted grandpa of Emma, Lily and Catriona, loving step-dad of Mhairi and Peter, Ailsa and Craig, much loved by Cameron, Ross, Abby, Gemma and David. Funeral service will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium (West Chapel), on Tuesday, February 28, at 1.15pm., to which all friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, at exit door, for the British Heart Foundation.


30 November 2016 


Following last night's AGM our Management Committee now has a new line up. 


5 October 2016 


A membership benefit afforded to our members is a reciprocal agreement with the SSC Library in Edinburgh and the RFPG in Glasgow for when you are working away.  We've put together a leaflet detailing all our available services which is available here


30 May 2016 


On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family and loving professional care and peace, Ian Michael Scott (IMSP) CBE, MA, LLB, past-President Law Society of Scotland and Society of Advocates in Aberdeen. Greatly loved husband of Elizabeth, quietly proud father of William and the late Sandy, special father-in-law of Suzanne, much loved brother of Jennifer, uncle and friend of so many. Michael will be sorely missed. Cremation private. A celebration and thanksgiving for Michael's colourful life will be held at Newhills Parish Church, Bucksburn on Friday, June 3, at 10.30am. All welcome. 


15 April 2016 


Here is a photo of our President and his Vice Presidents.  From left: Lisa Gregory of Digby Brown, Senior Vice President; David Scott of Ledingham Chalmers, President; Roger Connon of Pinscent Masons, Junior Vice President. 

 President and Vice Presidents


19 January 2016 


Member news:
Pinsent Masons Beef Up Aberdeen Real Estate Team 
Legal firm Pinsent Masons has further strengthened its Real Estate team in Aberdeen with the appointment of commercial property specialist Val McDougall.
Ms McDougall joins the Queen’s Road based law firm as a consultant after 16 years with Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace where she was a partner.
She has a wealth of commercial property work experience with a particular interest in the acquisition and sale of residential development sites.
Rodney Whyte, a partner and head of Pinsent Masons’ real estate team in Aberdeen, said: “Val will provide a valued additional resource to our Housing Team and will assist in servicing the growth aspirations of our existing clients throughout Scotland.
“There is an established housing need throughout the country with a well-established requirement for in excess of 115,000 new houses in the life of the next Scottish Parliament and our experienced lawyers and support team will be doing our best on behalf of clients to help deliver that objective.”
Pinsent Masons works across Scotland on behalf of a number of blue riband housing developers including CALA, Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon.
Val McDougall added: “Pinsent Masons have highly respected track record in high-end commercial property work and I hope my experience and knowledge of the sector will add to their offering in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland.” 


7 January 2016 


Thanks to fundraising by Immediate Past President Shaun George during his year in charge the Society raised a total of £2,230 for local charity, Aberdeen Foyer.  They posted about it on their Facebook page


15 December 2015 


Updated list..
The Society offers a mailing list round its member firms who deal with wills in order to help find any which are missing.  The firms included in this mailing list are as follow:

Aberdein Considine & Co, AC Morrison & Richards,  Alastair Hart & Co, Alex Hutcheon + Co, Blackadders, Brodies, Bruce MacDonald & Co, Burness Paull, Burnett & Reid, Campbell Connon, Duthie Ward, Fraser & Mulligan, George Mathers & Co, Grant Smith Law Practice, Gray & Connochie, Gray & Gray, Hamilton Watt, Iain Smith Solicitors, James & George Collie, John Davie & Co, Jonathan Tait & Co, Law Practice, Ledingham Chalmers, Lindsay & Kirk, Mackie & Dewar, Mackinnons, Maclay Murray and Spens, Matthew Cohen and Associates, Patience & Buchan, Pat Sinclair & Co, Peterkins, Plenderleath Runcie, Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace, Simpson & Marwick, Solicitors Direct, Storie Cruden & Simpson, Stronachs, Taggart Meil Mathers.


6 May 2015 


Society members are entitled to Corporate membership of a gym.  Corporate Rate membership is currently £30.99 per month, opening times:

0545 - 2200 hours Monday to Thursday
0600 - 2130 hours Friday
0800 - 1800 hours Saturday
0900 - 2000 hours Sunday 

You also receive a Consultation with an Instructor, a Fitness Test and a Programme with will designed for individuals to follow whilst at the Club which is reviewed every 6 weeks and you would receive 10% discount on Physiotherapy and Sports Massage.  Any further information can be found on our Website


23 February 2015 


Darren Wright has done a virtual tour of our library.  View on ShareSWF, click on the button furthest right to see it full screen.

4 February 2015  

Fifth Ring hired our library for a video project last year, see the results here.


7 January 2015 


Happy New Year!  If you're looking for time off already the Public Holiday list is on the Events Calendar page as usual.  Direct link available here


19 December 2014 


At last night's President's Reception we raised £820 for Aberdeen Foyer.  Raffle winners list is available here.


4 November 2014 


Students at North East Scotland College have made a short film called Stories Never Die, some of the filming was done in our library and we get a mention in the credits accordingly.  Watch it here.

19th June 2014  

A total of £1000 was made for Instant Neighbour at last night's charity event, with many thanks to all who contributed and participated. 


18th June 2014 


Prizes for tomorrow night's fundraising Race Night, and the amazing cake featuring our President and Chief Bookie!
Prizes for the Race Night
2 tickets to see Argentina play Scotland at rugby; vouchers for Café Boheme, John Lewis, beauty treatment; Ricoh Laser Printer; golfers gift set; whisky; and signed Stewart McBride books

Presidential jockey cake


1 July 2013 


Williamson Law Prize winners

A photo of the students who received a Williamson Law Prize with our President, Brian Healy and the head of the Law School, Anne-Michelle Slater.  1st prize went to Deborah Milne, joint 2nd prizes went to Callum Rae, Qi Rui Chen and Scott Wood.  The standard of dissertations were very high this year.  Our thanks go to Anne-Michelle Slater and Margaret Ross at Aberdeen University, and to our past President Liz Mackinnon for finally getting this prize reinstated after its lapse of several years.


20 June 2013 


Our immediate past President written a blogpost for her firm about being the first Lady President.  You can read it here


15 May 2013 


Please read this poster from Lawcare. Please do take care of yourselves and don't suffer from stress, depression or alcohol problems alone.
They are also offering seminars on stress management, let me know if you think this would be useful. For yourself or a friend or colleague..


3rd September 2012


We have now had a few events for the TANA group we announced last year.  This group is for, our members who are, Trainee And New Advocates to network with their peers.  We are also keen to set up an Experienced Consultant Scheme for them.  If you are experienced and would have some time to spare please let us know as obviously we can only run this mentoring if we get appropriate volunteers.  It can be arranged to suit yourself, although the idea of periodic meetings over coffee and cakes in the library was discussed.  If you are not available we would at least hope you would be supportive of the attendance of these events by any of your colleagues who are part of the TANA group. 


25th July 2012 


Lapel badges are now available for £3.50 each.
SoA Badge 


26th January 2012 


We have put together a flyer for hiring the library or committee room, please feel free to distribute it to anyone nice who may have a use for a lovely venue!  Click here


11th January 2012 


The Society of Advocates is proud to announce we now have a Facebook group page where members can keep up to date with our events, or discuss issues of interest.

Please come and join in, just use the Ask to Join Group button at the top.


7th November 2011 


The Society of Advocates in Aberdeen is proud to announce we now have our own ties and ready tied bow ties in stock.  Available at £20 each from the Executive Secretary.  Why not get yours in time for the Annual Dinner...

Society Ties 


20th May 2011 


The Society are pleased to announce the creation of TANA - Trainee And New Advocates.  This is a group to help support those starting their legal careers.  Booking is open for their first event which is a free training opportunity.  Full details available here.


31st December 2011 


The Society has cancelled its subscription to DX as it could no longer justify the expense for the amount it was used.  Please stop using DX address with immediate effect.  Details of BACS payments have been added to the website to allow for electronic booking of events or for any other necessary payments.


3rd September 2008


The amended Byelaws text approved at the SGM preceding last year's AGM had its second round of approval at last night's SGM.  Final text is available on the Membership section of the website.  Photos of the Website Launch are on the Events page at the bottom.


28th April 2008


Please note that if you have spare time at court, and want to submit your Legal Aid applications electronically, our library has wireless broadband internet access. There is also an internet enabled computer available for use if you do not carry your own technology. Obviously this will be of more interest to criminal practitioners.


12th March 2008


It has come to our attention that some members of the public have been allowed access and egress to the courts, through our main door onto Concert Court. The Management Committee have been in communication with the Sheriff Clerk and both sides are in agreement that this is not acceptable use of our door. It should only be used by non members in the event of a fire.

The court staff and Reliance staff will be reminded of this.

It could cause severe problems to the Society if this is not adhered to, so I hope we have your full co-operation.


27th February 2008


Please note that copies are available, for the modest charge of £5 each, of:

Supplemental History of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen 1939-1992

As well as full bibliographical details of the members during that time, it has some extracts from Minutes, names of Presidents and Treasurers and a useful section on Changes to Firms.

If interested please collect from the Society during usual opening hours; cash or cheque are acceptable in exchange for a copy.


4th February 2008


Just thought I would remind you that as well as a lovely quiet library to work in, complete with internet access, we have a coffee room, complete with biscuits. Good for escaping court, or just the office and that eternally ringing phone!

We will shortly be announcing some exciting social and CPD events so if you have not asked to be added to the relevant mailing list, now would be a good time. We have one for all members which you are automatically on, then there are the optional ones for:

CPD training opportunities
Social Events
Defence agents / court practitioners

Let me know if there is anything you would like the Society to do for you, or any social or training events you would like to see on offer. We’re always open to suggestions and do what we can to please!

Event Calendar
Event Calendar
Find out more about the events we have arranged to host.