Len Murray was born in Glasgow a long time ago, he says, certainly long before traffic wardens were ever invented. After studying modern languages, history and law at Glasgow University he qualified as a solicitor.
He practised as a solicitor (Justice of the Peace and Solicitor to the Supreme Courts of Scotland) in Glasgow for over forty years until 2003 when he retired. He says that he wishes he'd done so years ago; so do many of his former clients.
Len practised in the Scottish Courts throughout his professional life and he built up one of the most respected law practices in the country. He was once described by a High Court judge as "the most respected pleader of his generation" and in the media as “one of the most acclaimed Scottish lawyers”. His colleagues nicknamed him 'The Silver Fox' though they could never be persuaded to say why.
Len 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.
Len Murray 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; and in that capacity he appeared regularly on radio and television over the years where his views were sought on a wide range of topics. They were, however, according to him, seldom heeded. He still makes occasional contributions on radio, television and in the press.
Len Murray is now equally known as one of the country's top after-dinner speakers and was Scottish Wit of the Year 2012. He is also a former winner of the prestigious Wag of the Year award.
His autobiography, called The Pleader, was published by Mainstream a few years ago to very good reviews, most of which, some suspect, he wrote himself. 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.
After Dinner Speaking
Len Murray is widely recognised as one of the country's top after-dinner speakers. He has been variously described as: “hilarious”, “incredibly funny”, “brilliant”, “highly entertaining”, “superb”, “great” and “side-splitting”.
Len was awarded “Scottish Wit of the Year” in 2012 and again in 2015, the only speaker to win the award twice. He is also a former winner of the prestigious “Wag of the Year” award.
Burns Night Speaking
Len Murray is also regarded as one of the country’s foremost speakers on Robert Burns and his Immortal Memory has been described as “legendary” and by bthe President of the Burns Federation as the best she has ever heard 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 was invited by the Presiding Officer to propose the Immortal Memory at that historic event.
And what a night it was; brilliant, unbelievable, best I've ever been at; I could listen to him all night. Just a few of the positive comments we heard... Len had the audience eating out of his hand - an unforgettable speech.
You turned a very dull "after dinner" into an absolute hoot. Someone on our table had heard you speak somewhere before and promised us you were worth the wait and he was absolutely right - there was barely a dry eye and a side that wasn't splitting. Would definitely recommend you and hope I am lucky enough to be in one of your audiences in the future.
I really can't thank you enough for your presence and presentation yesterday. What a response I received from the members! A major major success!
Len Murray certainly lived up to his reputation. He had us reaching for our napkins to wipe the tears of laughter away
Lots of great feedback for you this morning - everyone seems to have thoroughly enjoyed your view on life - and thank you so much for such an entertaining half an hour!
Your hilarious speech went down a storm. The feedback from our members has been tremendous.
I am writing to thank you for your fantastic contribution to my Burns Supper. Your Immortal Memory was a masterpiece – intelligent and articulate with many fascinating and stimulating insights into the life of Burns. I know that everyone enjoyed your contribution immensely.
It was genuinely, the most memorable, engaging Immortal Memory I have ever heard.
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