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DAVID PRESTON

Dispute Resolution Services

The two elements of my practice are Dispute Resolution / Mediation and Law Consultancy:

Dispute Resolution / Mediation:

  • As a solicitor in the Highlands & Islands for over 30 years I have represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of disputes including family and commercial matters.
  • I have been an Accredited Mediator since 2004.
  • As President of the Law Society of Scotland in 2002-2003 I studied aspects of different methods of dispute resolution throughout the world.
  • I visited Maryland in 2003 where mediation is used extensively in the courts as well as in education, the community, family matters and consumer issues.
  • Mediation is used widely in other parts of the world including England, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
  • My experience in the law and involvement with the Law Society of Scotland have made me knowledgeable in many aspects of life, not just the law, although a legal background it is very useful to help others to find solutions to their problems and disputes.

Law Consultancy

  • Over 30 years experience in general practice covering:
    • Conveyancing
    • Litigation
    • Executry
    • Small and family business
  • On the Council of the Law Society I convened and / or served on:
    • Client Relations Committees
    • Professional Practice Committee
    • Guarantee Fund Committee
    • Education & Training Committee
    • Client Care & Practice Management Committee
  • As President of the Law Society:
    • Extensive experience and insight into the legal profession in Scotland.
    • Represented the profession nationally and internationally.
  • I am currently:
    • Convener of Mental Health Tribunal
    • Convener of Private Rented Housing Panel
    • Legal Assessor to Sub-Committees of the General Teaching Council for Scotland
    • Accredited Mediator
  • From 2004 – 08 I was contracted to the ARTL project with Registers of Scotland.

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