The Society's Christmas lunch was convened again in Glasgow at the splendid premises of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in St Vincent Street on Thursday 14th December . Any guests who had not previously visited this distinguished building were easily able to understand why we would have crossed the professional divide in seeking facilities for this function. The accomodation is spacious and beautifully appointed with separate halls, separated by impressive staircases, for our reception gathering and for our lunch. The menu was of traditional fare, deliciously prepared and most efficiently served and all agreed that it was an excellent meal. The highlight of the occasion, and it would not be at all fair to say surprisingly so, was the superb speech by Lord Boyd, formerly Lord Advocate, and now Lord Boyd of Duncansby at the House of Lords. The speech was distinctly a tale of two halfs, with the first half delivered with charm, wit and information that appealed to the whole audience, including the non-legal visitors, not to mention the squad of solicitors from Dunfermline, and switched at mid point to a sharp, concise and penetrating consideration of the issues arising from Clementi and the regulation and construction of the legal profession. Acknowledging clearly that he did not expect his audience to be in sympathy Lord Boyd demonstrated his understanding of that audience when he spoke, not so much in favour of the Clementi drift, as much as to recognise and identify certain factors which lay behind that drift and to acknowledge a degree of inevitability in those factors. We hope that we might be in a position to publish at an early date the substance of Lord Boyd's remarks.
It has to be said that there was some initial concern at the speed and closeness with which Lord Boyd formed an apparent attachment with a lady member of the assembly, the more so with the lady being our own president's mother. It transpired however that Mrs Rattray had attended school in the same class as Lord Boyd's father and the chance was taken to ascertain friends in common and to join some broken contacts - and scandal was averted.
As for the occasion as a festive event, it was very successful and some firms used this as an opportunity to combine their partners' Christmas lunch with this important event on the Society's calendar. Certainly the accomodation is eminently suitable for that purpose and remained available for after lunch relaxation used mainly, no doubt, for reflection upon the wisdom of the speaker, with some disputation in the air.
The secretary has kept a record of attendance for the purpose of CPD claims and is satisfied that everyone was paying proper attention for this purpose. Magna cum laude to everyone concerned and with special great praise to our colleagues from Dunfermline who had braved the worst flooding seen in many a long while to join the party.