The Society draws its membership from the legal profession in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

It is proud to count practising lawyers, supporting professionals, academics and members of the judiciary among its ranks.

The Society exists to promote legal professional expertise and standards in the region and provides an excellent opportunity to network and foster rapport among those who do business with each other on a daily basis.

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 creates an obligation on the Society to register any lobbying activity in respect of MSPs, Junior Scottish Ministers or special adviser/permanent secretary to the Scottish Government.

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The origins of the Society can be traced back to the 16th Century and it continues to play an important part in the life of the legal profession in the North East of Scotland.

In 1996 the late Mrs Dorothea Bruce, the Society’s then Executive Secretary published a detailed history of the Society in the Aberdeen University Review. Those wishing to find out more about the Society can read a copy of it here

Many notable events, local, national and international have occurred since the founding of the Society and our timeline shows where we fit among these.

View our timeline
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The Society usually provides a range of facilities for Members including:

An extensive library
Photocopying service
Wi-fi internet access
A break room where tea/coffee is available for a modest charge

The library usually keeps regular access hours during the week, but is currently closed due to Covid restrictions:
9.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm
Outwith these times the building is also available for booked events.


The management of the Society is overseen by the Office Bearers and Committee Members who are elected at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in November each year. The Management Committee is assisted in this by the Executive Secretary and Sub-Committees.

Office Bearers

Ken MacDonald

Senior Vice President
Duncan Love

Junior Vice President
Martin Sinclair

James A Florance

Chair of Annuity
Erlend Flett

Committee Members

Immediate Past President
Martin Ewan

TANA Representative
Jenna Redpath

Other members
Anne Boyd
Julie Clark-Spence
Jane MacEachran
Kim McLeod
Neil Smith
Jamie Robertson