Being President of the Law Society of Scotland these days isn't all it's cracked up to be, since the position itself carries no powers, and binds one to wholeheartedly agree with others within Drumsheugh Gardens who pull the strings of policy for Scotland's entire legal profession - not always in the best interests of members though.
John MacKinnon, reports the Scotsman, is leaving office because he cannot cope with the demands of the high profile post and also manage his own job as partner with law form Brown & McRae in Fraserburgh ....
Oh well ... the current VP, Richard Henderson steps up to the position of full President with all it's lack of powers, but we are left feeling .. there is a smell of mould at Drumsheugh Gardens which the membership need to clean up themselves ....
The Scotsman reports :
THE President of the Law Society of Scotland is to step down from the post with immediate effect, it emerged last night.
John MacKinnon is to leave office because he feels he cannot cope with the demands of the high-profile post and his job as a partner with law firm Brown & McRae, based in Fraserburgh.
The President of the Law Society is a figurehead who represents its 10,000 members in Scotland. Mr MacKinnon took up the post in May, at a time of great change in the profession. Big issues include the creation of the independent Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and so-called Tesco law - the call to allow basic legal services to be provided from outside the profession to widen consumer choice.
The society's vice-president, Richard Henderson, becomes president and the society will appoint a replacement for him as soon as possible.