OSSE chief quits for Law Society of Scotland role

The lead lawyer in the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive (OSSE) Richard Henderson is retiring at the end of this month to become vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland.

The news follows the completion of the Executive’s legal panel review last week, which saw CMS Cameron McKenna, McGrigors and Shepherd & Wedderburn all dumped from the slimmed-down group (www.thelawyer.com, 3 May).

Murray Sinclair, a solicitor at the OSSE and currently head of committee and parliamentary secretariat, will take over from Henderson.

The OSSE is the executive arm of the Scottish parliament. It provides legal advice, instructs primary and drafts secondary legislation and manages litigation. It has around 160 staff, 98 of whom are practising solicitors.

The OSSE has cut the number of firms it instructs from 12 to eight. Big four Scottish firms Dundas & Wilson and Maclay Murray & Spens retained their places, along with Brodies, DLA Piper, Harper Macleod, Morton Fraser and Pinsent Masons. Anderson Strathern was the only new entrant to the panel.