A 63-year-old lawyer has been scarred for life after a knife attack near a court in Glasgow.
The solicitor was slashed as he walked with a colleague in Carlton Place, beside Glasgow Sheriff Court, on Thursday evening.
The man needed surgery for multiple injuries to the face and body and is in a serious but stable condition.
Police said the man was the intended target of the attack and have asked for any witnesses to contact them.
Detectives believe the suspect had approached his victim from behind before getting into a white coloured saloon car and speeding off down Carlton Place, onto South Portland Street and in the direction of Ballater Street.
Emergency crews took the man by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The suspect is described as white, aged around 30 years old, of skinny build, around 5ft 10/6ft in height and of gaunt appearance. He was wearing a grey hoodie.
Officers working on the investigation are carrying out door to door enquiries and checking all available CCTV in an effort to identify the man responsible.
Det Insp John Morrison, said: "This was frankly a terrifying incident for the victim who was simply walking with his colleague when he was attacked.
"Our inquiries so far have revealed that the victim was the intended target, therefore this was not carried out at random.
"Nevertheless, it does not make it any less serious. The victim sustained very serious injuries in the attack and as a result, he will be left scarred for life.
"It is important that we trace the person responsible as soon as possible. He is dangerous and must be caught."
The detective warned: "Indiscriminate acts of violence such as this will not be tolerated. We would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or who may have any information which could assist with our inquiries to contact police as a matter of urgency."