Len Murray is a Scottish After-Dinner Speaker who holds the title ‘Scottish Wit of the Year 2015‘.
After studying Modern Languages, History and Law at Glasgow University he qualified as a solicitor. He remained in practice in Glasgow until 2003 when he retired.
He says he had not a bad career. He was once described by a High Court Judge as “the most respected of his generation” and in the media as “one of the most acclaimed Scottish lawyers”.
Len Murray was the first ever media spokesman for the Law Society of Scotland; he tutored at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities; he lectured at Tulliallan Police College for 16 years; he served on the Central Committee of the Law Society of Scotland for some eight years and was the Committee’s Vice – Chairman for two. He also had spells as a Temporary Sheriff and as a part – time Chairman of Employment Tribunals. He is now an Ambassador for Glasgow Caledonian University.
He was legal adviser News and Current Affairs for Scottish Television and the Independent Television Network in Scotland before he retired.
Throughout his career he was associated with headline cases for household names and people like Paul McCartney, Billy Connolly, Tommy Docherty, Jock Wallace and the legendary Jock Stein were among his clients.
His autobiography, called The Pleader, was published by Mainstream to very good reviews, most of which, some suspect, he wrote himself.
Len is also regarded as one of the country’s foremost speakers on Robert Burns and his Immortal Memory has been described as “legendary”. He is Dean of the Guild of Robert Burns Speakers and has spoken at over 300 Burns Suppers right across the world on five continents from Edmonton and Calgary in North West Canada to Melbourne in South East Australia. He is a member of the Burns Federation and is Honorary President of Greenock Burns Club, the oldest Burns Club in the world.
In January 2009 the Scottish Parliament held its first ever Burns Supper with various dignitaries from all over the World attending. Len Murray was invited by the Presiding Officer to propose the Immortal Memory at that historic event.
In sporting matters he played football at Glasgow University and as a schoolboy once represented Scotland at tennis though he was never asked back! He confines himself now to the golf course and the bowling rinks where he has been outstandingly unsuccessful.