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former criminal barrister - after dinner speaker
Bill Copeland is a retired lawyer who practised in Lanarkshire. He specialised in criminal defence and conveyancing. Whether you were buying a house, selling a house or breaking into a house , as long as there was money in it he would act for you.Now just happy not to be a solicitor
Born in Govan, Sicily without the sunshine, home to Sir Alex Ferguson and Billy Connelly, Bill attended the local primary school. It was so rough there was a boy in his class who was allergic to peanuts and they used to take him round the back of the bike shed and make him play Russian roulette with a packet of Revels
Thereafter he attended Allan Glen’s School, which was selective; as he wasn’t not doing too well he was selected to go only on Fridays! Eventually he left with 6 A Levels - but was caught at the gate and made to return them to the Headmaster! He then studied at Strathclyde University, graduating B.A., LL.B. - which his criminal clients think stand for “buy us a lager and a large Bacardi!”
Bill is married to Marilyn from Larkhall. It’s a mixed marriage - she’s a human being and he’s a lawyer! - and he dotes on his daughter who is called after his mother in law. Little passive aggressive psycho is almost 12!
Bill has been a regular outstanding performer on the after-dinner speaking circuit for over twenty years now, building up an unrivalled portfolio of experience in handling the entire range of speaking assignments. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country from Wick to the Channel Islands – and even ventured out into the North Sea to the oil rigs off Norway! - entertaining clients. Corporate events for leading government bodies, major national and multi-national businesses, professional bodies and trade associations; sporting dinners for football clubs, major and minor; rugby dinners, posh and proletarian; golf club prize givings, annual dinners and days out, prestigious and humble; Burns Nights; Rotary Clubs, and countless charitable organizations – all have warmed to the unique brand of Copeland humour. Bill is equally at home addressing audiences of 70 as 700, and he’s happy to tailor and customise his speech to any specific requirements.
Bill’s mission statement as a speaker is to follow his grandfathers old adage - “Always leave them begging for more!” - which was the very attitude that led to granddad being struck off as the world’s worst anaesthetist!
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