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Ian has been a friend and colleague in East Kilbride for over 20 years. We have long admired his skill as a solicitor , and envied his popularity with clients. Ian's previous firm's decision to close has been our good fortune as we have strengthened our local legal team with a new colleague of the highest calibre.

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Once again, a prominent member member of the Scottish legal community are asked to comment on matters relating to our national game, only this time with levity, rather than litigation, in mind. Austin joins Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove on 'Off the Ball'.

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Austin's world tour of South Africa closes with a crescendo as he encounters an out-of-place doorman, hears of the horrors perpetrated by mining companies in South Africa, listens to an impassioned speech by Lord Judge, extols the virtues of the Dear Green Place and visits the site of Nelson Mandela's incarceration on Robben Island. Read the full blog here.

On day six of his trip, Austin finds that the ethnic and gender balance of judges in South Africa has improved greatly over the last two decades as the previously white male-dominated judiciary has reconfigured enormously. Austin also finds out about the challenges posed by legal aid budgets across the Commonwealth and developing world and he is reminded of one of the great legal scenes from movie history! Read the full blog here.

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Austin schools young lawyers on media presentation and is confronted with the reality of the life of lawyers in Africa. Racial, ethnic, political, religious and cultural forces pull in different directions leading to inequality, oppression and breaches of human rights. The burden of righting these wrongs, Austin finds, falls squarely on the shoulders of his Commonwealth colleagues. Read the full blog here.

Still in Cape Town, Austin ponders a personal injury claim against the operators of the Victoria & Albert waterfront after a trip but elects instead to hobble around the relics of South Africa's grisly colonial past. Read the full blog here

In an article for the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Austin discusses the challenges facing the legal profession not just at home but in England and further afield. Discussing the need to diversify, Austin points out that "working as a solicitor is a great platform from which to develop other business skills, by focusing on management, marketing, efficiency of delivery, customer service, research and development, financial planning and control".

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Austin as President of the Law Society of Scotland welcomes new solicitor-advocates to the High Court as they have just been sworn in by a judge in Edinburgh. Solicitor Advocates have extended rights of audience in Scotland's courts and are able to represent clients in the High Court and the Court of Session.

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