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2017 John Bray Law Alumni Oration presented by Mr Len Murray – Scottish Pleader (Retired)

Mr Len Murray

Topic - “Law Reform: The Scottish perspective”

LEN MURRAY is a retired Pleader, in lay terms a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Scotland, and he was involved in some of the most prominent legal cases in Scotland.

Since studying Law, Modern Languages and History at Glasgow University he qualified as a solicitor where he remained in practice until retiring in 2003. A High Court Judge described him as the “the most respected of his generation”. He is regularly described in the media as “one of the most acclaimed Scottish lawyers” and unsurprisingly was the first media spokesman for the Law Society of Scotland.

During his lengthy career he tutored at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities; lectured at Tulliallan Police College for 16 years; and served on the Central Committee of the Law Society of Scotland for eight years before going on to be the Vice – Chairman for another two years. He also served as a Temporary Sheriff and as a part-time Chair of numerous Employment, Medical Appeals and Social Security Appeals Tribunals. He worked on many famous cases and for many household names including Paul McCartney, Billy Connolly, and David Soul and had extensive experience in criminal law matters.

Len is regarded as the world’s foremost speaker on Robert Burns and his Immortal Memory. He has spoken at over 400 Burns Suppers over five continents and is the Dean of the Guild of Robert Burns Speakers.

In the Oration Len will speak about some unique features of the Scottish legal system including extraordinarily strict time limits and its impact on victims, witnesses, accused persons and the state. He will also speak about his experiences with the death penalty in Scotland and the importance of the global movement for its international abolition.

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