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CONDUCT OF SIMPSON & MARWICK SOLICITORS, EDINBURGH

EDM (Early Day Motion) 271: tabled on 03 February 1999

Tabled in the 1998-99 session.

This motion has been signed by 42 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern the report from the Law Society of Scotland censuring Andrew Renton of Simpson and Marwick solicitors for 'unprofessional conduct to be deplored'; in relation to his dealings with ERDC construction company; also deplores the actions of Simpson and Marwick in using every device to frustrate the arbitration procedures of the Law Society of Scotland, forcing other parties to bear disproportionate costs and suffer intolerable delays; notes that in the case of ERDC construction company, this resulted in Simpson and Marwick engineering a five year delay in settling an account, with consequential costs rising from ú65,000 to over ú250,000, mainly in lawyers' bills, forcing ERDC to divert resources from expanding their business and creating skilled jobs, to paying hefty legal bills for each challenge Simpson and Marwick made to the arbiter's findings in favour of ERDC; calls on the Law Society of Scotland to investigate why this arbitration took so many years, and to consider revising its procedures to ensure that its lawyer members do not frustrate arbitration at every turn and add crippling amounts to other parties in lawyers' bills; regrets that the delay in the ERDC case is a grave blow to public confidence in the arbitration system endorsed by the Law Society of Scotland; and further regrets that the Law Society of Scotland did not require its member Simpson and Marwick to pay any compensation to ERDC for its 'unprofessional conduct'; and urges the society to consider what payment in compensation is commensurate with the offence.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Coatbridge and Chryston
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 11 February 1999
Falkirk East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 15 February 1999
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Glasgow, Pollok
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Flint, Caroline
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Don Valley
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Glasgow, Maryhill
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 4 February 1999
Greenock and Inverclyde
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Clydesdale
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 4 February 1999
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Feltham and Heston
Kidney, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Stafford
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
High Peak
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 5 May 1999
Brent East
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Edmonton
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Glasgow, Shettleston
Maxton, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Glasgow, Cathcart
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Dundee East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 5 March 1999
Hayes and Harlington
McKenna, Rosemary
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Sheffield, Heeley
Moonie, Dr Lewis
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Kirkcaldy
Morgan, Mr Rhodri
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Cardiff West
Murphy, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Eastwood
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Ochil
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Ayr
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Pendle
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Dundee West
Savidge, Mr Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Aberdeen North
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1999
Bolsover
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1999
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 5 March 1999
Preston
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 14 May 1999
Glasgow, Baillieston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.