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Autobiography & Biography, Biography, Humour, Humour
Publication Date
09 March 2006
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Birlinn Limited
Age Range
20th Century, 21st Century

Once Bitten, Twice Fined

by Graeme Pagan - Find out more about the author


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Graeme Pagan was involved professionally with an enormously wide range of cases in his long and varied career.

But this is not a book just for those interested in the law; it is full of human interest and the peculiarities of life in the Highlands and Islands. Here he includes stories about accident enquiries, court room anecdotes, and some cautionary tales of divorce and family law from less enlightened times, including the hilarious tale of the Brigadier who wanted to divorce a woman who was not his wife. We also learn about the solicitor who was a prisoner-of-war for an hour and a half; the man who was assaulted by a ferret, and how the author accidentally ended up on the catwalk while on the way to a session at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

On a more serious note, Graeme Pagan also relates incidents from his political activism, his work in support of various charities, and his campaigning to provide affordable housing for local people.

Graeme Pagan says of his motivation to write: 'I have been lucky and privileged in many ways and I hope my experiences can help or entertain others, perhaps both. I think it would be a waste to take those experiences to the grave. I have never believed they were intended only for me.' In this book he shares some of the more memorable, revealing a keen intelligence and a remarkable zest for life.

Graeme Pagan was born in Fife and studied law at Edinburgh University. He has worked with the Oban solicitors Hosack and Sutherland since 1960 and has been senior partner since 1981. He was part-time Procurator Fiscal at Oban for nine years, chairman of the Oban Housing Association for 30 years and was actively involved in the campaign for a Scottish parliament. In 1998 he became MBE for charity work with Scottish Solicitors WILL AID scheme, which he set up in 1988.