Dorothy Bain QC and others join Aberdeen Law Project board



Dorothy Bain QC

The Aberdeen Law Project has announced the appointment of new board members.

Judith Aldersey-Williams, Dorothy Bain QC, Keith Napier and Ian Taggart have joined ALP as board members, with Professor Margaret Ross standing down to take up the position of patron.

Ryan Whelan, associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and now the elected successor to Professor Ross as chair of the board, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Judith, Dorothy, Keith and Ian to the board. It is undoubtedly testament to the impressive work of ALP’s talented student body that such eminent lawyers are willing to make time to support this project and its work.

“With many in the city and shire feeling the adverse effects of the oil industry downturn, and the services of ALP being increasingly called upon, this support could not come at a better time.”

On the appointment of Professor Margaret Ross as a patron, Mr Whelan said: “Without Professor Ross there would never have been an Aberdeen Law Project. Margaret has tirelessly championed, encouraged and supported ALP from day one. ALP will forever be in Margaret’s debt and we are thrilled that, on stepping down from the board, she has accepted our invitation to become a patron.”

Other Patrons of ALP include Lord Hope of Craighead, Dame Hazel Genn, Lord Nicol Stephen and Frank Mulholland QC.

Ms Bain said: “I have a profound interest and deep commitment to pro bono work. I was therefore very pleased to receive the invitation to join the ALP board.

“The project is innovative, ambitious and does excellent work in assisting disadvantaged persons throughout the North East.

“It really is my pleasure to have become a board member, and I am very much looking forward to supporting the students as they work to reduce the access to justice gap.”