A PETERHEAD solicitor is leaving behind his Scottish law career to take over the running of a remote island paradise.
John MacRitchie, Director at the town’s John MacRitchie and Co Solicitors, will take the roll of Chief Magistrate on the South Atlantic island of St Helena, from later this month.
Mr MacRitchie was chosen to take the coveted role, following a lengthy application process and an intense interview session in London.
“It really is a unique opportunity,” says the father-of two. “I didn’t expect to get the position, but it’s the chance of a lifetime and I’m delighted.”
John will jet off to St Helena on June 24, and assume the newly created role.
He is also to be appointed Chief Coroner, Registrar of Lands, The Labour Regulating Authority (Employment Tribunal Judge), President of the Land Planning and Development Appeals Tribunal, President of the Media Standards Commission (Press Complaints Commission) and Trustee of the Legal Assistance Fund.
Mr MacRitchie said “It is a challenging role and a great honour to the Scottish legal profession for me to be appointed the first ever Chief Magistrate and to hold such other important offices in St Helena. An airport is in the process of being built and with the increase in resident workers and then tourists it is likely that St Helena has a great deal to look forward to in the next few years and I am excited to be part of that”.
Originally from the Isle of Lewis, John graduated from Aberdeen University and qualified as a Solicitor in 1986.
He did his traineeship and became the senior court partner with Masson and Glennie. He became a Solicitor in the Supreme Courts in 1990 before in 1997 forming John MacRitchie & Co., SSC after becoming an Advocate in Aberdeen.