THE Law Society of Scotland has unveiled its new chief executive.

Dianne McGiffen, currently chief operating officer of Audit Scotland, has this morning been announced as successor to Lorna Jack. Ms Jack is to leave after 13 years at the professional body of Scottish solicitors.

Ms McGiffen, who has worked in senior roles at Audit Scotland for the last 20 years, will start in her new role on January 5.

Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Diane will become our new chief executive at the start of the new year. She brings a wealth of experience from her time at Audit Scotland where she led on strategy, corporate plans, governance, risk and performance.

“These are changing and challenging times for us at the Society and, with Diane at the helm, I have every confidence we will continue to lead legal excellence by supporting solicitors through the Covid-19 recovery and protecting the public interest through continued robust regulation of the profession. I am very much looking forward to working with her for the remainder of my time as President.

“Of course, I would also like to thank our outgoing CEO, Lorna Jack, for her outstanding contribution to the Society over the last 13 years, which was rightly recognised at this year’s Law Awards. She has led, inspired and transformed the organisation into one that is truly world leading.”