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Professor Lorne Crerar is one of the two founding partners of the firm and is the firm's Chairman. Lorne is the firm's Senior Partner in the Banking & Finance and Sports Sector Groups and is an active member of the Public Sector Group. He is retained by several institutions as their principal legal advisor and is responsible for the creation and implementation of the firm's ongoing strategic policy. 

Lorne has wide experience of the operations of the public sector and has been appointed by The Scottish Government to undertake a number of independent reviews.

His report on Phase 2 of the Enterprise and Skills Review in 2017 led to the creation of a new Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills in Scotland, and saw him appointed as Chairman of the Implementation Board set up to deliver on its aims.

His Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints handling of public services in Scotland - "The Crerar Review" - saw most of his key recommendations enshrined in statute – The Public Sector Reform Scotland Act 2010. 

In June 2004, he was appointed a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government with responsibility for the Justice Department.

Lorne has been Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) since 2012, being reappointed for another term in 2017, after first being appointed to the Board in 2009.

In 2017 he was also appointed as co-chair of a new National Council of Rural Advisers. 

He was invited to lecture at the University of Glasgow in 1981 and lectured on matters relating to Banking Law, Business Law and Commercial Contract Law. Lorne was appointed to the chair in Banking Law and took up the part-time post of Professor of Banking Law at the University of Glasgow in 1997, becoming Professor Emeritus when he stepped down from that role in 2015.

He was elected to the role and status of Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland in June 1999. Butterworths published his book, "The Law of Banking in Scotland", in 1997 and 2007 (2nd edition). 

Lorne was appointed Independent Reviewer of the Lending Code in June 2010, reported in November and his adopted proposals were implemented on 1 April 2011.

A former Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and Convener of the Standards Commission, he was also one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force. He is generally credited as the architect of the Home Report system which changed the process for buying and selling domestic property in Scotland.

A former rugby player and referee, Lorne is a former Chairman of the European Rugby Cup Tournament (EPCR) and was also a Judicial Officer at the Rugby World Cup 2015 and part of the judicial team at the inaugural Rugby 7s tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is a former Chairman of the Discipline Panels for the SRU, European Rugby Cup and 6Nations. He was an IRB "elite judge" and was also the Judicial Officer for the Rugby World Cup Final in both 2015 and 2011.

In July 2017, the Scottish Rugby Board awarded Lorne 'Emeritus' status on the Scottish Rugby Discipline Panel - the first time anyone had been granted that honour - in recognition of his 'tremendous service to the game'.

Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession lists Lorne as an "Eminent Practitioner" in Sports Law, where he has been described as "highly regarded in the Scottish sport sector"

Qualifications: LLB NP
Qualified: 1978
Joined the firm: 1988

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