- Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) ( FCILEx).
- Member of the Solicitors Family Law Association.
- Member of the Law Society Family Panel.
- Member of the Law Society Family Mediation Panel.
43 years experience of working in the law. Mainly matrimonial/family (divorce, separation, ancillary relief, domestic violence injunctions, children residence contact, prohibited steps and specific issue), but including general civil work, wills, change of name deeds etc. In 2004 I was made an Associate of the firm, which at that time was the highest position a non-solicitor could hold in a solicitors’ practice.
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LEGAL EXECUTIVES
In 2012 the institute was granted Chartered status and became the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Fellows of the institute were designated Chartered Legal Executives with the post-nominal letters FCILEx.
On 21 July 2006 I was elected President of CILEX, after 40 years in the legal profession and 6 years on Council. This was an enormous pleasure and privilege. CILEX has come a long way since it was formed in 1963 from the Managing Clerks Association. The Lord Chancellor announced that, following the submission of a response by CILEX ( and others) to his consultation on judicial diversity, he was to allow Fellows of CILEX to be eligible to become District Judges (County Courts and Magistrates Courts) and Chairman of Tribunals. This is a huge leap forward for CILEX and one of our more stunning achievements. I was pleased to chair our Working Party which prepared our response to the Lord Chancellor. Fellows of CILEX enjoy rights of audience which have been recently increased on a par with solicitors, can become mediators, they are Commissioners for Oaths, and they are qualified lawyers who form one of the three main branches of the legal profession. CILEX has been granted litigation rights so that our members can be self-employed as a lawyer.
The Legal Services Act, in which I had a played a large part during my time on council, allows Chartered Legal Executives to become partners in solicitors practices or invest in legal practices.
- Member of the UK College of Family Mediators (MCFM)
- By the end of 2005 I had undertaken over 500 hours of mediation.
- Accredited family mediator by the Legal Services Commission and Resolution
- I qualified as a Family Mediation Consultant in May 2005.
On 15th October 2000 I was asked by the Chief of Clan Farquharson, Captain A A C Farquharson of Invercauld MC, to assist in the formation of a Clan Farquharson Society UK and this is now well established. The first meeting took place in Edinburgh on Saturday 20th January 2001 . At the end of 2003 we had 160 members. I was elected President of the Clan in August 2001 and I served in this post until August 2003 when a new President took on the challenge. In 2014 I was elected again as President and in 2019 we have in mind my successor. Holding the position of President of a major Scottish clan is a huge pleasure and privilege and I thoroughly enjoy it. In 2008 I was delighted and honoured to be appointed Honorary Vice President.
I was honoured to be asked to carry the Clan Chief’s personal flag ( which is almost 200 years old) in procession at the opening of the Ballater Highland Games in August 2005, and again to lead our Clan Chief, who is the Chieftain of the Games, out of the arena at the close of the Games.
I was honoured to present a dram of Laphroaig whisky to HRH Prince Charles on his arrival at the Ballater Highland Games in August 2019.
See the arrival of the Clan Chief at the Ballater Highland Games in August 2019 here:
Below are photos from the 2018 Gathering
In early September 2019 I stepped down as President of Clan Farquharson UK after 19 years of being involved closely with the committee. I have left the clan in the competent hands of a new President Elect, confident that he will take the clan forwards with vigour. I remain Honorary Vice President.
I have 13 kilts!
- Farquharson modern tartan and which is a traditional kilt.
- Hillwalker kilt in weathered Farquharson. This is slightly shorter and sits on the hips like trousers, has 3 pockets and has larger pleats. This is a bit light in a wind !
- 21st Century kilt in plain dark grey.
- 21st Century kilt in light-green tweed.
- 21st Century kilt in black (2 of these).
- 21st Century kilt in Camouflage. Great for hillwalking and fishing etc. It is poly-viscose, lightweight and dries quickly.
- 21st Century black imitation leather. Daring ! Great for ceilidhs.
- Leather kilt. Even more daring and even better for parties !
- House of Bruar kilt in Borrowdale brown tweed. This is very smart.
- Black Watch regulation weight in traditional 8 yards.
- Farquharson ancient 6 yards.
- Farquharson ancient 8 yards.
- Tweed kilt in Dunnock tweed from Marton Mills.
I served for 13 years with the Sea Cadet Corps, instructing cadets in seamanship, outdoor adventure training and various naval subjects. I was the Commanding Officer of TS Fortitude for 2 years before I retired. I was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal. Upon that retirement I joined the Territorial Army, Royal Military Police in 1984 and when there was no room for more officers I transferred to 22 Ordnance Coy Royal Army Ordnance Corps (now the Royal Logistic Corps). I was granted the Queens Commission on 15th June 1986 on passing out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. I served in the TA for 10 years, latterly as Staff Officer Combat Supplies 2 Ordnance Battalion and then transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers.
COAT OF ARMS
On 25th September 1999 I was granted a Scottish Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh.
Vert, a saltire couped Argent between a cannon Or in chief, two bezants in the flanks and a stag’s head cabossed Or in base. Above the shields is placed an Helm befitting his degree, with a Mantling Vert doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of the liveries is set for Crest an antique mortar proper and in an Escrol over the same, the motto “WITH FORTITUDE”.
The Motto contains the word “Fortitude”. This is taken from my Clan Chief’s coat of arms, the old coat of arms of the Borough of Stockton on Tees and is the name of the Training Ship of the Sea Cadet Corps in which I served for 13 years.
The Crest – antique mortar – was chosen to represent my father’s association with the Royal Artillery and my own service as an officer in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
On the shield, the saltire cross is for Scotland, green for the Caig Society, cannon and two cannon balls for my British Army (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) connections and my father’s military service with regular and TA units (Royal Artillery), and the stag’s head from the coat of arms from the family of my mother’s maiden name, Staveley.
ST JOHN AMBULANCE
In 1960 I joined SJA as a cadet and became their only Cadet Leader and captain of the first aid competition team, winning several trophies at county level. I then formed the Billingham Ambulance Cadet Division in 1968 and trained their competition team, winning the Yorkshire Trophy. In later years I returned to SJA as an adult volunteer and ended up as County Staff Officer.
In 2013 I took a 6 months job with St John Ambulance as Emergency Transport Attendant, which entailed crewing an emergency ambulance in support of the NHS ambulance service. Pity that their management was not up to the job!
In 2014 I joined Durham County Council as a Bikeability National Standard instructor. I traveled around schools in County Durham teaching primary and secondary school children how to ride a bike on a road. In 2016 I was promoted to senior cycle instructor and I obtained the qualification of National Standard Instructor Trainer (Provisional). I left this job at the end of 2017.
I have a Koga World Traveller expedition touring bike that is capable of, literally, taking me and my luggage round the world. This is a very stable bike, even hurtling down Sutton Bank with full camping gear at 35mph ! I did the Great Glen Cycle Way on this bike in 2018.
I have since my childhood enjoyed hillwalking and camping and often take to the hills at weekends.
I attend a Scottish country dance class each week in Catterick, North Yorkshire and also one in Darlington.
In January 2020 I purchased a Canon ESOS 77D DSLR camera from Jessops (Meto Centre), with 18-55 mm lens. I later purchased a 55-100 mm zoom lens and a “nifty fifty” Canon 50 mm lens for portraits. Fantastic camera and so complicated I took Jessops one day Photography 1 course in Newcastle which was wonderful. I then had a 1-1 session with Jay the salesman who sold me the camera and he showed me how all of the features on my camera work. This bundle is a bit large for taking with me on my bike, so I now also have a Canon G7X 11 Powershot, which is equally fantastic, but much lighter and smaller.