Richard Keen QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, has found his way into the minds of football fans through his high-profile involvement in matters connected to the Rangers saga.
To the universal acclaim of the Rangers faithful he acted for “Rangers” in the court challenge to the Disciplinary Tribunal imposition of a year-long registration “embargo” in 2012. He successfully persuaded the court that the Tribunal had exceeded its powers.
He re-appeared on the legal football field when acting last month for the “Rangers Rebels” and he succeeded in establishing that the Board had breached the Companies Act by refusing to allow the motion to appoint four new directors to be considered at the RIFC PLC AGM.
As a result the meeting was postponed and is now set for December.
It is also the case that the court defeat was a substantial factor in the departure of CEO Craig Mather.
For a long time the next stop for the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates was the High Court Bench. However, for what is perhaps the first time ever, there does not seem (from a quick glance, which might well have been incorrect) to be any past Dean of Faculty on the High Court Bench now.
So where is Mr Keen off to?
First of all I do not imagine he is giving up his practice. He will still therefore be available for instruction in the complex commercial disputes which are his lucrative bread and butter. He is fairly described as one of the top legal minds of his generation and a person who is always worth having on your side (as Mr Al Amin Khalifa Fhima, acquitted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, found when he had instructed Mr Keen to lead his defence).
However he might not be as readily available as a result of his new commitment – Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party!
If he wanted to make himself even more popular with the stereotypical Rangers fan, then taking up such a senior role in the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party will do him no harm at all.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“I am delighted to welcome Richard on board as the new chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.
“As one of the UK’s leading legal brains, he brings a wealth of external experience to the party and I am looking forward to working closely with him as we lead the team at a critical time in the politics of our country.
“Richard’s appointment shows the Scottish Conservatives are committed to bringing in the brightest and best people from across Scotland as we make the changes our party needs for future success.”
Richard Keen QC said:
“I welcome the opportunity to assume the chairmanship of the Scottish Conservatives as we enter such a significant period in our political and constitutional history.
“As we face the potential break up of Britain, there are many in Scotland who will be reminded of the values of our party and its role in maintaining what is so much more than just the political union of the UK.”
Posted by Paul McConville