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Leonard George Murray

Len Murray

Levy and McRae mourns the passing of its former senior partner, Leonard George Murray, aged 90 years,  on 22 December 2023.

Levy and McRae could not have been built to its present status without Mr Murray’s inspiration, wisdom, and participation.  He was associated with Levy & McRae for over 40 years much of that time as senior partner. He was at the forefront of creating and developing the firm’s litigation practice in the 1970s and 80s. He was respected across the Scottish legal profession for his formidable intellect and eloquence and worldwide as a leading Burns scholar and after-dinner speaker.

He was extremely popular with his peers and those with whom he worked. We are indeed fortunate to have in our firm today members of staff who worked closely with Leonard Murray and remember him in his prime.

Bill Macreath, Chairman, said: “ I first met with Leonard Murray in the 1970s. He was already a towering figure in the profession and one of the leading court practitioners of his generation. I enjoyed a close professional and personal relationship with him over many years.”

David McKie, senior partner, said:  ‘He was so kind to me from the moment he met me when I was a summer student at Levy & McRae. I watched in awe as he commanded a courtroom with his eloquence and persuasive skills. He was always on the end of the phone when I had a difficult legal call to make and his calm authority was a source of great reassurance to me.’

We offer our condolences to his family – his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, of whom he was immensely proud.

We are very grateful to our clients at STV and to Bernard Ponsonby for allowing us to post this obituary: