New Sheriffs Principal appointed

Sheriff Ian Abercrombie QC, Sheriff Marysia Lewis and Duncan Murray have been appointed as Sheriffs Principal.

On 2 July 2014 Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Mr Murray as Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde, Sheriff Abercrombie as Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and Sheriff Lewis as Sheriff Principal of Tayside, Central and Fife.  

Mr Murray graduated with an LLB Hons from the University of Aberdeen in 1980. He qualified as a solicitor with Robson Mclean and Paterson WS and became a partner in 1985. He joined Morton Fraser in 2002 and was Chief Executive of the firm. He served as President of the Law Society of Scotland 2004-2005 and was appointed part-time sheriff in 2006. He is currently a solicitor member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.  

Mr Abercrombie graduated with an LLB Hons from Edinburgh University in 1978.  He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981. He was a Curator of the Faculty Library (1981-1983), on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland's Disciplinary Committee (1996-2009) and a member of a Scottish Law Commission Advisory Group (2000-2003). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993 and sheriff in 2009. He is currently a judicial member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.  

Ms Lewis graduated with an LLB from the University of Strathclyde in 1979. After her apprenticeship at Dunlop Gordon & Smythe (1979-81) she became a solicitor at Monklands District Council (1981-83) and City of Aberdeen District Council (1983-87) before moving to Ledingham Chalmers LLP (formerly Edmonds & Ledingham) firstly as solicitor and thereafter partner (1987-2008). She was appointed part-time sheriff in 2006 and sheriff in 2008. 

First Minister Alex Salmond nominated those recommended for appointment on the basis of a report by the Independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.