Council's legal team win Scottish in house award

Congratulations to our Legal Team, who won 'In House Legal Team of the Year' at the annual Scott & Co Scottish Legal Awards last night.

At a sell-out event at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, the awards were hosted by Catriona Shearer of BBC Scotland and Grant Stott of Forth One. After dinner entertainment was provided by Ivo Graham, one of the UK's hottest young comedians and former sell out performer at the Edinburgh festival.

Pictured here receiving their award (l-r): James Doherty, Julie Bain, Kevin McKee, Rory Alexander, Lynda Towers (Chair of the In-House Lawyers Group) and Keith Irwin.

Welcoming the the team's success, Cllr Alastair Rankin, Finance & Resources Convener, said: “In recent years, the Council’s in-house team has undergone a transformation to become a leading-edge legal function with a commercial approach and a focus on good governance.

“We have recruited lawyers from across the private sector, from newly-qualified to partner level, bringing a new perspective and range of skills to complement the existing public sector expertise of the team. We have engaged with the private sector to establish a panel of external legal advisers, supplementing our capability and capacity.

“The team’s astute, proactive and solutions-focused approach has been welcomed by clients, providing an excellent customer experience and increasing their profile and influence.”

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