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Elected in December, Ruthven Gemmell begins his new post as president of Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), a society representing the voices of over one million European lawyers.
Gemmell, formerly the president of the Law Society of Scotland between 2006-2007, joined the CCBE as the Scottish representative to the UK delegation in 2007. The senior partner from leading Scottish private-client firm, Murray Beith Murray, is the first UK solicitor to be appointed president of the CCBE. Gemmell replaces the previous president, Michel Benichou.
The CCBE began in the 1960s, a need for a representative body acting in the interest of lawyers of the EEC having been identified. Since its conception, the group has grown to now represent the bar and law societies of 45 countries equating to over one million legal practitioners.
Acting as a go-between for lawyers and the European Commission and European Parliament, the CCBE influences regulatory framework of the legal profession intervenes, when necessary, in court cases which concern core principles of the profession at European level. Providing opportunities for bars and law societies to collaborate and exchange expertise as well as sharing their own best practice guides are other key objectives of the CCBE.