Leonard G Murray JP BL SSC

After-Dinner Speaker

Len Murray was born in Glasgow a long time ago, he says, certainly long before Traffic wardens were ever invented.

After studying French and Spanish at Glasgow University he entered the Faculty of Law. He graduated in 1957 and became a solicitor in the same year. That incidentally was also the year he got married, a marriage that lasted for forty-eight years until his wife died after many years of illness, in 2005.

He retired some four years ago after what he calls not a bad career. He was once described by a High Court Judge as "the most respected pleader of his generation." He was appointed the first ever media spokesman for the Law Society of Scotland; he taught at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities; he lectured at Tulliallan Police College for 16 years; he was Cumbernauld's first ever Burgh Prosecutor; he served on the Central Committee of the Law Society of Scotland for eight years and was the Committee's Vice Chairman for the last two of those. He also had spells as a Temporary Sheriff and as a part time Chairman of Employment Tribunals.

Throughout his career he was associated with headline cases for household names and people like Paul McCartney, Billy Connolly, Rod Stewart, David Sole of Starsky and Hutch fame, Tommy Docherty, Jock Wallace and the legendary Jock Stein were among his clients, as well as Scottish Television and Times Newspapers.

He is now equally known as one of the country's top after-dinner speakers and has spoken all over the UK and abroad, on four continents, from Edmonton and Calgary in the West to Singapore in the East.

After living for some forty two years in Bearsden, he saw the light a few years ago, he says, and now lives here in Milngavie. He wishes he had moved years ago. So do his former neighbours.

His autobiography, called The Pleader, was published in the Autumn of 2002 to very good reviews, most of which he wrote himself.

He is also one of the acknowledged specialists on Robert Burns. He is a member of the Burns Federation and is Honorary President of Greenock Burns Club, the oldest Burns Club in the world.

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