Former Dove Lockhart solicitor Derek Pyle appointed as Sheriff Principal for Grampian, Highlands & Islands post at £138K a year

SOLICITOR Derek Pyle has been appointed as the Sheriff Principal for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands & Islands after being nominated for the post by First Minister Alex Salmond on the advice of the Judicial Appointments Board.
According to the release from the Scottish Government announcing the appointment, Mr Pyle was once a partner in the law firm of “Dove Lockhart” which merged with Scott Moncrieff to create the now notorious Scott Moncrieff & Dove Lockhart Solicitors who crumbled under a massive FOUR MILLION POUND FRAUD due to the actions of one of it’s partners John McCabe in the late 1980’s.
Mr Pyle had moved on from Dove Lockhart long before the merger with Scott Moncrieff, serving as a senior partner with Wilson, Pyle & Co in 1980 and from 1990 to 1999 he was senior partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson.
Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Sheriff Derek Pyle, solicitor, as Sheriff Principal for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands and Islands.
First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Sheriff Pyle for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.
Sheriff Pyle was appointed on 2 May and will take up appointment on 1 June 2012.
Derek Pyle was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and as a solicitor advocate in 1994. He became partner at Dove Lockhart in 1978 and senior partner at Wilson, Pyle & Co. in 1980. From 1990 to 1999 he was senior partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson, where he was head of litigation and joint managing partner for corporate and commercial matters. From 1998 to 1999 he was a Temporary Sheriff and from 2000 he has been a full time Sheriff in various courts in Tayside and the Highlands. He is also a member of the Scottish Court Service Board.
The salary of a Sheriff Principal is £138,548 per annum.
The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002 and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on 1 June 2009. The Board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The Board’s role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff.  The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.

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