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Pictured left to right: Emma Gray (Blackadders Partner), David Currie and Scott Williamson (Blackadders Chairman & Partner).
A University of Dundee student retraining for a career in law has been awarded the annual Ken Scott Bursary by Blackadders.
David Currie is studying for a postgraduate diploma in professional legal practice and has received the sum of £750 that will be a ‘huge help’ in enabling him to complete his studies.
The Ken Scott Bursary, which is administered by Blackadders, was set up after his death in October 2013 and is awarded on the basis of financial need. Entrants are invited to list the reasons they should receive a bursary.
David (31), from Dundee, has been combining part-time work with study for the past two years after deciding to move into criminal law from his previous role as a car salesman. He is a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland and already holds a BA in Criminology and an LLB with merit in Scots Law.
He said: “The sum will go towards paying my course fees and takes a weight off of my mind – it is a huge help. It means I won’t have to spend as long working in my job and will have more time available for studying.
“It’s fantastic a firm like Blackadders is prepared to offer this bursary for those studying the diploma in memory of a former tutor on the course.”
Blackadders donated £250 towards the bursary with an anonymous donor funding the additional £500.
Ken, who lived in Carnoustie, was born in 1961 and was educated at the University of Dundee. He qualified with LLB (Hons) and DipLP in 1984 and was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1985. Following his training at Thornton Dickie & Brand, Ken became a solicitor at North East Fife District Council before moving to Edinburgh to join the Bank of Scotland’s legal team. In 1990 he became an associate with Pagan Osborne Grace & Calders before joining Blackadders in 1994.
Ken spent 19 years as an associate at Blackadders, working in the commercial property unit. Ken also spent many years as course organiser and tutor on the Company & Commercial Course in the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Dundee.