New Sheriffs appointed in South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Robert Weir QC has been appointed as Sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway while Joan Kerr has been appointed as Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

Mr Weir graduated with a BA (History, Hons) from Durham University and an LLB from Dundee University, before he joined Maclay Murray & Spens as a trainee solicitor in 1992.

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1995, and practised principally in commercial dispute resolution, with a specialty in maritime law. Mr Weir was an Advocate Depute between 2005 and 2008 and took silk in 2010.

Ms Kerr was admitted as a solicitor in 1991 after gaining an MA(Hons) LLB.

She joined the firm of HBM Sayers from 1994 until 2008, first as a solicitor then became a partner.

Ms Kerr was appointed as a Stipendiary Magistrate in 2008 and Part Time Sheriff in 2011.

Mr Weir and Ms Kerr were appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister, who nominated them on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

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