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New sheriff principal appointed

DEREK Pyle has been appointed sheriff principal for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands & Islands.

The appointment, made last week, takes effect from 1 June. Sheriff Pyle replaces Sir Stephen Young who retires on 30 May 2012.

Sheriff Pyle was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and as a solicitor advocate in 1994.

He became partner at Dove Lockhart in 1978 and senior partner at Wilson, Pyle & Co in 1980.

From 1990 to 1999 he was senior partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson, where he was head of litigation and joint managing partner for corporate and commercial matters.

From 2000 he has been a full time sheriff in various courts in Tayside and the Highlands.