As the name suggests, Laws & Ethics (L&E) is responsible for helping SBU members and tournament directors to comply with and implement the Laws of Bridge but also provide guidance on some of the more delicate ethical matters that face players, both in online and in face-to-face games.
In addition, Committee members deal with disciplinary matters that cannot or should not be resolved at club or District level. Where misbehaviour cannot be resolved by a tournament director or are regarded as sufficiently serious to merit escalation to national level, this should be referred in the first instance to Russell Frame, Chair of L&E. If, on the other hand, a potential misdemeanour relates to an allegation of cheating, evidence should be submitted to Iain Taylor, Head of L&E’s Investigative Panel. In all cases, disciplinary matters will be handled in strictest confidence in line with the confidentiality agreements signed by all members involved.
A number of documents have been attached for the information and guidance of members.
I was a banker by profession and took early retirement in 2006 from a Head Office role in Clydesdale Bank. I am married with a son in Australia and my wife and I relocated from Lanarkshire to Ayrshire in 2017.
A keen bridge player for over 50 years, I was appointed a National Tournament Director in the 1990s and also taught bridge to beginners in Glasgow for some 10 years. After taking on the Chairs of Glasgow Bridge Centre and West District, I was subsequently nominated as a member of SBU Council, holding the office of President from 2014 to 2016.
More recently, I was invited to join SBU's Law & Ethics Committee and then to Chair this group in 2021.