Held at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Awards recognised the excellent quality of work undertaken by the country’s most respected lawyers. The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by McKinstry Practice Management, recognises an individual with a distinguished career in the law and outstanding contribution to the field.
Colin Anderson, Chairman of the Judging Panel for the Law Awards of Scotland said: “Linda is a very worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The panel recognised her remarkable career in the law and her unique contribution to the profession, having been the first female chief executive of a Scottish law firm in Morton Fraser. She has also demonstrated how to build a non-executive career with the various board positions she holds outside of the law.”
Linda Urquhart said: “It is a great honour to receive this award, following in the footsteps of some particularly illustrious previous winners. My 'lifetime' in the law has been hugely rewarding and it's still a career which I recommend wholeheartedly to young people.
“I have been lucky to spend almost all of my career in a firm which recognises and develops talent, regardless of gender or other characteristics and allows those who want to succeed to flourish. This award is as much for Morton Fraser as it is for me.”
Linda is a former solicitor and partner at Morton Fraser and is a non-practising member of the Law Society of Scotland.
A former Chairman of CBI Scotland, Linda is a board member of CBI and Scottish Enterprise, Chairman of Investors in People Scotland, co-chair of the Scottish Government's Fair Work Convention, a non-executive director of Adam & Company (the Scottish private bank) and Edinburgh Airport Limited, and a member of the Edinburgh Business Forum. She is also a Trustee of Marie Curie and of the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation, and an Ambassador for Girlguiding UK.
Linda received an OBE for services to business in Scotland in the New Year Honours List 2012 and was named Action for Children Scotland's Woman of Influence 2015.
The awards were organised for the first time by The Herald, in association with HR Consultancy, and supported by Stirling Park, The Law Society of Scotland and McKinstry Practice Management.